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Best Foot Forward

Jenna is a manager now, but her first assignment isn’t easy — managing Tanner Cobb, a former (she hopes) shoplifter and convict whose street smarts might be what she and Mrs. Gladstone need to uncover the wrongdoing at Gladstone Shoes.

After a life-altering summer on the road, Jenna Boller is dripping with newfound maturity. She has a job she loves at Gladstone Shoes, a best friend who makes her laugh, and a dysfunctional family she’s learning how to handle. Jenna feels ready for anything–until Tanner Cobb, a guy with a past, a police record, and dangerously good looks, walks into her life. Suddenly, Jenna’s surrounded by crises, including a shoe empire on the verge of crumbling. Tanner knows how to get around a problem, but can she trust him when the going gets tough?

  • Winner of The Book for All Seasons (New York Library Association)
  • An ALA Best Book for Young Adults
  • Nominated for 2 state awards

"A great cast of characters, witty dialog along with Jenna's droll asides, and an insight into business ethics highlight this winning title..."

"{A} gentle, stand-alone sequel to Joan Bauer's Rules of the Road. This funny, winsome book is full of Bauer's trademark folksy wisdom, and will be warmly welcomed..."
-- Booklist

"Via vivid characterizations, crisp, believable dialogue and some exciting scenarios, Bauer keeps her fans hooked for an entertaining ride."
-- Publishers Weekly, starred review