Florida Book Awards Silver Medal Winner YA Literature 2020
A video of Kendall’s harrowing rescue of an abused pit bull from the path of an oncoming train goes viral. Suddenly, everyone wants a piece of Kendall, making her anxiety worse. But this is an opportunity to put the rescue in the spotlight and secure the donations needed to save it.
Delray Dog Rescue doesn’t just rescue dogs, it’s a second chance for felons, like her dad. Losing the rescue means losing Kendall's home, her sanctuary, the dogs she loves, her identity, and her dad, all over again.
Ryan, the new volunteer, soon becomes her best friend and worst enemy. His good looks and charm rattle her social awkwardness and threaten to curtail all of her mental health progress. However, he also proves to be a needed asset once she discovers the wicked truth lurking in her small town.
The pit bull's rescue uncovered a sinister underworld and now it's not just the dogs lives that are in danger. Death threats and vandalism try to stop Kendall and Ryan, but they'll stop at nothing to save the rescued canines.
Dog Girl is the story of a teen girl who wants to save the world and ends up saving herself in the process.
For fans of What to Say Next, Hot Dog Girl, Fangirl or the television show Pit Bulls & Parolees.
Gabi Justice is the author of Dog Girl, her teen and young adult contemporary romance debut, Florida Book Awards Silver Medal Winner in Young Adult Literature. She is the mom to three dogs and one stray cat named Luna Buna. She lives in Florida with her husband and children. You’d be hard-pressed to find a tennis court in the state that she hasn’t visited, having three competitive junior players in the family. She spent most of her adult life writing editorial copy for local magazines after graduating from the University of South Florida. Florida provides the settings for all her coming-of-age stories that highlight bullying, misjudgment, acceptance, and teen anxiety. Her main characters are goal-oriented teenage girls with a drive that can be fierce and dangerous.