Star is a student at the Puppy Academy. Her mother is a champion sheep dog, and everyone expects Star to be one, too. Unfortunately, Star doesn't seem to have what it takes to herd sheep. She is too fast and reckless, but she keeps on trying. On the day of the mountain sheep herding class, a storm comes up. The other puppies race back to the lodge, but Star realizes there are lambs and humans still lost in the storm. Will her fast feet and reckless courage help her help them?
This is my intermediate of the week. It is a cute story written on a good level for an emerging novel reader. Cartoon illustrations scattered throughout add to the book's kid appeal. There are other books in the Puppy Academy series, and it seems like they are all about puppies discovering their true vocation. It is an old theme, aptly presented here for a new generation. (115 p.)