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Scab McNally wants a dog more than anything in the world, and he's devised a foolproof plan to raise money for one: a stink spray that repels girls that he can sell to friends in his fourth-grade class. In this first volume of Trudi Truett's Secrets of a Lab Rat series, No Girls Allowed (Dogs Okay), Oliver Wyman believably portrays Scab with humor and high energy. Can Scab stay out of trouble long enough to hatch his plan? Or will his plan get him in trouble, too? Will he get the dog that is sure to be his best friend? Young people will have to listen to find out, and enjoy the laughs along the way!
Part inventor, part daredevil, and part mischievous student, Scab McNally is determined not to let anything or anyone stop him from getting a dog.
©2009 Trudi Trueit; (P)2009 Scholastic
"Always in trouble, Scab McNally flicks gooey snotballs, arm-farts the national anthem in school assembly, eats crunchy bugs in class, and makes wicked comments about his fourth-grade teachers' warts, spit, and bad breath. He does have a soft side: his dream is to have 'a dog to love, a dog to love him back'. He is saving to buy a pet by selling his special stinky spray (don't ask what it is made of), which he calls sister-repellent, named in honor of his brilliant twin, Isabelle. Disaster strikes when the spray spills in the classroom....[T]his will grab elementary-school boys with the uproarious, yucky details and irreverent view of authority, as well as the mushy reconciliation, when his sister helps Scab get his dog." (Booklist)