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{Tug-Of-War: Eric Luper}Tug-Of-War by Eric Luper
Series: The Chocolate Lab
Published by Scholastic Press on October 10, 2017
Genres: Childrens, Historical Fiction
Pages: 128
Format: Paperback
Source: Scholastic Press
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{Synopsis} – One candy-crazed Labrador plus one feisty puppy equals double the trouble!

When Mason and Hannah find a tiny yellow Labrador named Nilla out by the old mill, Hannah is dying to keep her. But Mason isn’t sure that’s a good idea. Not when they are busy trying to turn the mill into a chocolate factory to save the family’s business. Plus the Cabots already have a dog, and Cocoa’s wild ways are always stirring up trouble. Adding an untrained, rowdy puppy to the mix might just be a recipe for disaster!

{My thoughts} – In the last book Cocoa had discovered a small yellow lab puppy that was stranded on the side of the highway. Nilla is a sweet little puppy that as soon as Mason and Hannah had seen her, they’d fallen in love. The only problem is that they weren’t entirely sure how to tell their parents that they’d found her and really wanted to keep her.

This book also picks up with the family repairing the old mill on their property. They are hoping to have it repaired quickly enough to help them with their new direction in which they are taking their chocolate making business.

Mason finds an unlikely friendship with a boy that has been making friendship difficult. It turns out though, that there is a really neat story behind why that has been taking place.

Towards the end of the book Hannah has to say good bye to Nilla and she isn’t ready to let her go. However, she does understand that it’s what is right for Nilla. Mason also starts to understand that just because your use to one thing, doesn’t mean you can’t get use to something a little more different, but better in the long run.

I strongly believe that any child that enjoys and loves dogs, will enjoy this book and the previous. I look forward to beginning book three in the next few minutes!

Final Conclusion: 5 Star Rating.