Best Foot Forward

Best Foot Forward

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The must-read sequel to the beloved Rules of the Road, from award-winning author Joan Bauer. Jenna Boller is dripping with newfound maturity after her life-altering summer on the road. 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's street smarts seem to be what Jenna needs, but can she trust him enough when the going gets tough?
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 183 pages
  • 148.6 x 214.1 x 18.5mm | 22.68g
  • Penguin Putnam Inc
  • Penguin USA
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0142406902
  • 9780142406908
  • 698,471

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Praise for Best Foot Forward... "This funny, winsome book is full of Bauer's trademark folksy wisdom..."--Jennifer Hubert, Booklist Praise for Backwater by Joan Bauer "Bauer's characters crackle with eccentricity and exhibit glimmers of intense emotion."--Publishers Weekly Praise for Almost Home by Joan Bauer "Sugar's voice is convincing, both as storyteller and young writer; her natural good humor shines through what could be a sad story indeed. Quirky supporting characters--both human and dog--add to its appeal. Sugar...will win readers hearts." --Kirkus, starred review "Sure to inspire..." --Library Media Connection, starred revie
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About Joan Bauer

Joan Bauer ( is the author of numerous books for young readers. She received a Newbery Honor Medal for Hope Was Here, and the L.A. Times Book Prize for Rules of the Road. The Christopher Award was given to both Hope was Here and Close to Famous, which also received the Schneider Family Book Award. Joan is the recipient of numerous state awards voted by readers. School Library Journal says, "When it comes to creating strong, independent, and funny characters, Bauer is in a class by herself."
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Rating details

2,092 ratings
3.77 out of 5 stars
5 25% (531)
4 38% (788)
3 28% (581)
2 7% (148)
1 2% (44)

Our customer reviews

She did it again! Joan Bauer hooked me on yet another novel about selling shoes! I had previously read RULES OF THE ROAD, where we were introduced to Jenna Boller. In BEST FOOT FORWARD we again root for Jenna of Gladstone Shoes. I even *ahem* took this book to church to read between Sunday School and the church service. It was that good. Mrs. Gladstone puts Jenna in charge of Tanner, a boy Jenna\'s age, after he tries to steal some shoes from them. Jenna\'s not sure letting him work for the company is the best idea Mrs. Gladstone has had; even so, Jenna\'s confidence grows as she encourages Tanner to be his best. Changes are coming fast since the merger of Gladstone Shoes and Shoe Warehouse Corporation. Advertising strategies become distasteful. The quality of the product is suffering. Jenna and Mrs. Gladstone\'s questions aren\'t being answered. When the higher-ups in the company begin making unethical business decisions, Mrs. Gladstone entrusts Jenna with the investigation. When Jenna finds out that Mrs. Gladstone\'s son is involved, she has to confide in somebody. Jenna chooses Tanner and is astounded at the things he\'s noticed. She prepares Mrs. Gladstone for the bad news and shares an understanding of being disappointed by someone you love. BEST FOOT FORWARD is remarkable in its premise of teens doing the right thing only because it\'s the right thing to do. This is a common theme throughout Ms. Bauer\'s books, and, once again, she has made me grateful that I\'m lucky enough to spend time with teens and that I have the privilege of making an impression upon them - as they do on me. This is another Joan Bauer must-read!show more
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