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Bad Bella

The story of a very special dog, who will win the heart of any reader who loves our furry friends.

Bella’s the happiest dog in the universe . . . until her owners start to change.  They have a baby . . . and before she knows it, Bella’s no longer wanted. Her bad behaviour – which she thinks will make her family notice her – is the last straw.  They dump Bella in the pound!

 Things look bleak, until a lovely couple – the Roses – take Bella in.  But just as Bella is starting to relax in her new home, Mrs Rose tells Bella that she’s pregnant.  That means only one thing to Bella:  her humans will get rid of her again.  Heart-broken and terrified, Bella runs away. Life on the streets is tough, and scary.  As the weather starts to worsen, she becomes colder and hungrier. But Bella is a dog with a big heart and adorable eyes.  Will she find a home in time for Christmas?


Rights details

USA/Canada: HarperCollins (Fall 2019)
Czech Republic: Albatros
Slovakia: Albatros Slovakia

The Author

Ali Standish

Ali Standish’s award-winning and bestselling books include the Carnegie-nominated The Ethan I Was Before, August Isle (titled The Secret Summer in the UK), Bad Bella, The Climbers, How to Disappear Completely, The Mending Summer, and Yonder. Her books have received starred reviews, have been named as Indies Introduce and Indies Next titles, and have been nominated for Goodreads Choice Awards. She grew up splitting her time between North Carolina and several imaginary worlds. The only award she ever won in school was for messiest desk, but that didn’t stop her from going on to get degrees from Pomona College, Hollins University, and obtaining a master’s degree in Children’s Literature from the University of Cambridge. Ali also spent several years as a teacher/program administrator in the Washington DC Public School system. She still spends most of her time in her imagination, but you might just spot her walking her two rescue dogs with her Finnish husband and their son around her neighborhood in Raleigh, North Carolina.

You can visit her online at alistandish.com.

Ali is represented by Chelsea Eberly.

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