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In this sequel to the beloved Rules of the Road, 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 dangerouIn this sequel to the beloved Rules of the Road, 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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Best Foot Forward Reviews

  • Erin
    2019-06-15 03:12

    Hooooh, gosh. This is a veeeery tough book to rate. I almost gave it 5 stars--but there was one major problem (I say problem, more like...distraction).Tanner, throughout the first part of the book, is constantly accosted by girlfriends--constantly. Jenna doesn't really get out much. The most romantic she gets is holding a guy's foot to measure it.Given those two, guess who I thought would end up together? And guess. Who. Didn't.Yep, that's my one complaint with this book, right there. Which should tell you that it was a very, very good book indeed. So in my head, the Doughnut guy didn't exist past the scratch-accident. Because it's a better ending for me, that way. I am sad to say goodbye to Jenna and her friends--I love Mrs. G almost as much as the women I know in real life. Like Jenna, the woman that's 70 years old and needs a hip replacement is one that I truly look up to.**Best Food Forward, rated ages 14+ (yeah...14+ is right), rated 4.7/5 stars. Well done, Mrs. Bauer.

  • Ying
    2019-05-27 02:53

    Until I read a review for Best Foot Forward, I never realized it was a sequel. However, that didn't stop me from enjoying this book greatly. There were so many dynamic and head spinning parts in this story outfitted with a wrenching and writhing plotline that went very well with the dramatic events that continued to happen, especially towards the end of the story. Although a quick read with only 192 pages, this was a refreshing and exciting read. Would definitely reccommend.

  • Steve Clark
    2019-06-18 09:13

    I somehow missed the fact that this was a sequel to another book ("Rules of the Road"). I still found it quite enjoyable, and will look for the first book to read as a "pre-quel". Some of the characters and sidelines aren't developed fully, and Jenna's struggle with her (absentee) alcoholic father seem almost tacked on. That doesn't stop the core of the story from being interesting, though, as she works on discovering herself happily fulfilled in her role in the shoe business. This is Bauer's strong suit: making characters in what are essentially mundane circumstances seem both real and, at the same time, engaging. This is no "Hunger Games", for sure. Realistic fiction asks us to stop long enough to look around at the everyday people around us and realize that they, too, face challenges and battles that still take fortitude and integrity to overcome. If we can look and listen to these stories, they can be every bit as moving as stories filled with higher drama and outrageous peril. I'd especially recommend this story to young people who, for whatever reason, find themselves taking on adult responsibilities. It won't provide them with the escape of a great fantasy or romance novel, but it can help them understand that, as Jenna explains to a new girl at an Al-Anon meeting near the end of the book, there ARE other people who understand, and that even when things seem tough and hopeless, "all kinds of things can turn around."

  • Eri
    2019-06-05 08:09

    I only gave this 3-stars because I thought it felt rushed. I felt Jenna, such a mature and astute observer did not seem--despite saying so--as attached to any of the other characters. Even Tanner, about whom she had doubts. Even Mrs. Gladstone.It's as if she'd aged 10 years...Nevertheless, Joan Bauer's writing is sharp and at times I felt both touched and blown away by her well-drawn characters. It's an okay sequel to "Rules of the Road," but I honestly didn't expect a sequel. There's something so competent about Jenna, I didn't worry about her at the end of that book, but felt uplifted by her succeeding.In this book, maybe she's even more competent and maybe that's what makes the story less engaging. She very rarely lets anyone else down, just herself. And then she bounces back.Maybe I'm just jealous that she gets to eat so many donuts.

  • Hunter
    2019-05-31 05:09

    loved it!

  • Jenny
    2019-05-28 09:10

    Registered on Bookcrossing: great book by Joan Bauer. I love her teen books. It's left open ended so I wonder if there will be a sequel? Who knew the shoe business was so cut-throat?

  • Linda Lipko
    2019-06-01 09:12

    This is an author who handles complex subjects in a manner that doesn't over abuse feelings. She magically weaves the story line and balances humor and angst with the end result of hope.Jenna Boller is the oldest child. She has a loving younger sister and very stable mother. Sadly though, her father is a knock down drag out alcoholic.Finding a job selling shoes for Gladstone Shoe company enables her to learn valuable lessons. Bauer knows that people come into our lives when we most need them and thus she introduces the fiesty, elderly character of Mrs. Gladstone. When Mrs. Gladstone's near do well son manipulates the board of directors and buys up the leading shares of the company, his mother is no longer in charge.Jenna is mentored by Mrs. Gladstone and grows to understand that dysfunction in families happens to many, not just Jenna.Feeling guilty and taking responsibility for her father's alcoholism is a normal trait of a child of an alcoholic and through her relationship with Mrs. Gladstone Jenna begins to learn of forgiveness, of redemption and of the fact that we are not responsible for others. We are indeed only responsible for our own actions.Highly recommended.The author has first hand experience with the reality of the sad impact that an alcoholic father has on the family dynamic and on the individual level.

  • Kat (idangerous)
    2019-05-22 04:49

    Story takes place in a shoe store, I've never thought of this being a book setting but I rolled with it. Wow...I just want to say that first up. Wow. The setting is great and the characters are very interesting! I haven't read the first book to this yet Rules of the Road but this one is very good! Jenna has been with shoe company for a couple of years and a boy comes in a steals a pair of shoes. This is how it starts off, I'm thinking okay...what the heck? Anyway Tanner (shoe thief) comes back and returns the shoes and offers to work there to pay them off. The whole story is very good, it's about learning to forgive people for crimes and moving on with your life. Put you "Best Foot Foward" if you will, but there is also a problem with the quality of the shoes that are being shipped to the store. This book isn't all "teen love" and stuff, this one has a meaning behind it. Plus the ending was very interesting, I didn't expect it and I want a sequel to this! I'm a little sad there isn't one, I want to know more about Tanner, and Jenna (who btw, may or may-not be a couple at the end ;) I'll never tell!)

  • Lauren James
    2019-05-29 08:00

    While the climax here is a little rushed, that's a small caveat to Bauer's excellent follow-up to the eminently likeable Rules of the Road. Jenna continues to be a sensible and wry narrator, and I adore how her love of shoes is connected--unusually for a YA narrator!--to selling them rather than buying them. Her concern for sturdiness, quality, and personal appeal carries through the book itself as she deals with the rehabilitation of a charming parolee Gladstone's hires and the continued slimy machinations of her boss's son. Contrary to the way the flap copy makes it sound, this isn't really a romance, although Jenna does get a quiet, pleasantly low-key flirtation--typically for her, what makes her swoon is that he "understands retail"--but it's not a focus. The focus is still on the pleasures of work, courage, taking a stand, and growing up, and Bauer, remarkably, makes it all sound terrifically fun.

  • Rachel D
    2019-06-11 07:09

    I really didn't enjoy this book. I felt like there wasn't anything going own, it was mostly about selling the shoes and that was it. I expected that Jenna would fall in love with the bad boy Tanner but nothing happened. The only thing she did was taught him how to sell shoes. Then when they noticed the shoes changed and they were bad quality, I expected there to be a big mystery and they had to solve why the shoes had bad quality. They sorted had to solve it but it wasn't interesting. Since there brand was made in the American I think that it would've been interesting if maybe the husband of Mrs. Gladstone wasn't all the he made up to be. I think it also would've been better if maybe Jenna was struggling to overcome her dads alcohol addiction because there was no clear problem she had a to overcome. Overall I didn't really enjoy this book there was no action or a good plot.

  • Tania
    2019-06-17 07:02

    I read this book completely by accident because of a mixed up entry in Goodreads (I thought I was getting a new book by one of my favorite authors, Jeanne Ray). Turns out, Jeanne Ray never wrote a book by this title--Joan Bauer did. And I have no regrets. It's a charming story I hope my daughters will read when they're 13-14 years old. Full of good solid morality and work ethic, written from a teenage girl's perspective with the didactics nicely packaged in a gel coating so it doesn't stick in your throat hardly at all. Plus you'll learn a bit about selling shoes.

  • Kiirsi Hellewell
    2019-06-01 04:50

    It's been a while since I read "Rules of the Road," but it wasn't hard to get into sequel. It's a fast read and though it doesn't have the amazing sparkle, wisdom and general awesomeness of "Hope Was Here" (which I just re-read yesterday), it still gives plenty of good feelings, strong heroines fighting against corruption, and teens learning to stand up and make a difference. Good book.

  • Amy • A Magical World of Words
    2019-06-09 10:57

    Much the same as the first one in terms of wit, humour, and awesome, deep, characters. It was hilarious. It was moving. It was brilliantly written. It was fun :) The love interest for Jenna was a great and realistic addition, and overall I just loved this book. So much wisdom and good morals; it reinforced what I needed reinforced ;)

  • Debbie
    2019-06-05 08:49

    Companion novel to Rules of the RoadI didn't like it as well as the first book, however if you are looking for a book for middle-school age girls, this has a strong female protagonist and deals with topics such as the effects of alcoholism on a family, resilience, business ethics, keeping promises, mercy and forgiveness. Several noteworthy one-liners and humor. Quick, easy read.

  • Melanie Dulaney
    2019-06-04 03:54

    Nobody, NOBODY, writes sad-happy inspirational books like Joan Bauer. Sure, there might be a few that say she’s too over the top-“We walked together, striding purposefully, and burst into the light of the sales floor.” But there is a valid reason for that bolt of a “Ta-dah!” Bauer’s characters face tough, real life situations and find a way to survive, find a purpose, some joy, and maybe even a way to thrive and that deserves a few “over the top”moments. Best Foot Forward picks up where Rules of the Road left off and places Jenna Boller back in Gladstone’s Shoes selling footwear after learning so much during her summer of driving the company’s CEO to Texas and back to deal with changes in the company’s structure and corporate philosophy. Murray is still there, and now so is Tanner, an attractive, young ex-con who is getting a second chance after shoplifting from the store. Jenna must learn to forgive and to teach him not only to sell shoes, but to make better choices in life and to succeed when life keeps telling him how worthless he is. Along with that dose of reality, Jenna is still trying to reconcile herself to the fact that her dad is an alcoholic and a terrible father but she can still love him and become successful in spite of that fact. Thrown into all this stark reality are lessons on over-commitment, dating, and taking time for some fun even when things look bleak. This book is very highly recommending to readers from grade 5 through adult who enjoy reality-based fiction, an uplifted heart, or who need a little reminder that we should all put our best foot forward as well as look for the good in everything and everyone. Well done, Joan!!!! Note: This book stands alone or can be read in conjunction with Rules of the Road.Note 2: While an excellent choice for students who might deal with an alcoholic and/or abusive parent, teachers and care-givers should be wise about when or if to put it into their hands.

  • Abby Cigrand
    2019-06-14 05:55

    This book is a compelling story about a young girl named Jenna who has gone through many difficulties in her life so far and tells about how her friends get her through it. Mrs. Gladstone, who is her boss and also a very important role model for Jenna, helps her through her though times and gives her advice and insight: "Every car has a rear view mirror, but if you spend too much time looking there, you'll probably crash. You’ve got to look ahead to where you’re going much more than always checking back from where you came. Driving teachers you a lot about life…” (page 160) Mrs. Gladstone observed how Jenna is always thinking about her past and can never move on from it, so she has put in the effort to try and help her with words. Jenna is always looking up to Mrs. Gladstone and her words greatly impacted her and how she has been thinking. This passage has also impacted me. I can get lost in the past and forget to see what is going on right in front of my face. Mrs. Gladstone has not only inspired Jenna, but she inspired me, too.

  • Rebekah Isert
    2019-05-28 08:00

    A follow-up to Rules of the Road, I loved how it took the themes that Jenna learns from Rules of the Road, and takes them a step further into implementation in her life in this book. Life isn't perfect just because of her road trip, neither does it get easier, but she finds it possible, which by itself is a huge draw to the book. This book teaches readers to believe the best of people, and drives home the fact that sometimes the people around us change for good because we give them a chance.

  • Sara
    2019-06-14 06:13

    Good book for teens who really like reading.

  • Brianna Sours
    2019-06-11 03:51

    I just remember this book being really boring and not enjoyable and I just realized that this was a sequel-either way I didn’t really care for it.

  • Kaydence
    2019-05-31 02:49

    I thought this book was very interesting

  • Leah P.
    2019-06-16 04:54

    I probably disliked this book as much as. I did because it was for mandatory reading. But it was boring as well.

  • Jeannine
    2019-05-24 09:17

    Not as good as Rules of the Road, but still a pleasure to revisit the main characters.

  • Lesleigh
    2019-06-16 07:17

    The novel Best Foot Forward by Joan Bauer was definitely not on my list of favorite reads. The characters were generic and boring, the plot was very predictable, and the theme throughout the book did not keep my interest. Maybe I’m just picky when it comes to my taste in books, but Joan Bauer did not work her magic with this novel, unlike her other books in the past.Jenna Boiler basically has a stress-filled life. She lives in a small town and has a job that she really enjoys at Gladstone Shoes, which I personally feel she is over-involved in. Jenna has a dysfunctional family, including a father that has been in and out of jail. She is trying to learn how to balance her job with school and other commitments, such as training a troublesome new employee named Tanner Cobb and dealing with her boss, Mrs. Gladstone.Tanner comes into the picture when he attempts to rob Gladstone Shoes with his two younger siblings, Yaley and Webster. Tanner has a police record. Mrs. Gladstone is out to prove there is still some good in Tanner even though he tried to steal from her. She is soft-hearted when it comes to him, and offers him a job at her business in order to keep him out of juvenile hall. Jenna is not pleased to hear this news, and is even more shocked when Mrs. Gladstone tells her to train him for the job. Along with this task, she has many other important duties to uphold. While all of this is going on, Mrs. Gladstone’s “shoe empire is on the verge of crumbling.” Her husband started Gladstone Shoes many years ago. After he passed away, the business was left in Mrs. Gladstone’s possession. Now her son’s company is trying to overthrow hers. Shoes are being poorly made and shipped around the world without Mrs. Gladstone’s knowledge. After people realize what is going on, a lot of unwanted publicity occurs, threatening the productivity and future of Gladstone Shoes.Fortunately, Tanner has a few ideas that could help save the business. His street smarts and ideas seem to be what Jenna and Mrs. Gladstone need, but “can [they:] trust him when the going gets tough?” To find out how the problems are resolved, you will have to read the novel yourself!I believe the overall theme of this book is about trust. Even though Tanner tried to steal from Gladstone Shoes, it doesn’t mean there is not the slightest bit of good in him at all. Jenna gradually changes Tanner’s lifestyle and gives him something positive to work towards. She eventually learns to trust him, and it is beneficial to her in the long run. In my opinion, this novel had a good idea going, but it simply did not capture my interest. Mrs. Gladstone got on my nerves quite often when she demanded things from Jenna. Jenna was not portrayed well as a teenager. Instead of reading about someone my age, I felt as if I were reading about someone in their late twenties. She has so many adult-like responsibilities, it was not enjoyable to read. Normally, I am the type of person who can’t seem to put a good book down. For these reasons, I would not recommend this book for any age group.

  • Danielle H
    2019-06-13 03:00

    This book started off a little boring but as it went along it revealed a certain theme in the story between the main characters work life and her personal. She was forced to help an unsteady new employee and it makes her mind go crazy between that, dealing with her diminishing father and still keeping up with her job selling shoes and getting through school.

  • Emily
    2019-05-31 03:03

    The name of the book I read was Best Foot Forward, by Joan Bauer. This book is about Jenna, a seventeen year old girl working in a shoe store. She works at the shoe store to provide for her family, and nothing super exciting ever happened. Jenna still loved what she did not matter what. Until one day, a customer walked in the store, stole some shoes, and changed her life, personality, and perspective on people forever. In this book Jenna, the main character works at a shoe store, called Gladstone shoes. One day, a man walks in and steals a pair of shoes. Jenna tells Mrs. Gladstone, the CEO, and she doesn't do anything about it, except hire him to work in the store. Jenna is wondering why on Earth she would do such a thing, and Mrs. Gladstone says she has a good feeling about him. This was true. The boy who stole the shoes name was Tanner, and he told Jenna the only reason why he stole the shoes was for his grandmothers birthday, and that he couldn't afford the shoes himself. Tanner turned out to be an amazing person, and helped out with a huge crisis the company had that could change his life, Jenna's life, and Mrs. Gladstone's life forever. This book falls into the realistic fiction category because this could happen to someone in real life, and is very realistic. An internal conflict of Jenna is character vs. self. Jenna's dad was an alcoholic, and he did many bad things towards Jenna and her family. He would still drive even if he was drunk, hit the family, and would just overall be a very bad person. Jenna turned in her father to the police for everything he did, and he got put into jail. Jenna is having a lot of doubts about everything that she did, and isn't sure if she did the right thing. An external conflict of Jenna is character vs. society. Jenna doesn't always know if people will think she's capable enough to be manager at seventeen. She is always worried about how she looks and acts, as if she's not good enough for people. She always feels like she needs to be her best, and gets really pressured sometimes. This book was very motivational, exciting, and kept me on the edge of my seat. It hooked me from the beginning and was a very interesting book that I loved. This book is probably good for the teen age, even though it could be for all ages. Any type of gender would like it, but the main character was a girl. So, the book may lean a little more towards girls.

  • Ashanti
    2019-05-26 06:52

    Would you like to read a book that teaches you a little about shoes and explains this girl's life at the same time, in one story? Well if your interested read this book called "Best Foot Forward" by Joan Bauer. The genre of this story would be fiction because the things that's going on in Jenna's life can happen to someone else. This story is about a girl, named Jenna who is living kind of harsh life as a teenager, but has good things that walk into her life. One of the good things is this boy named Tanner Cobb. Once he walks into her life she is pretty happy because he is like almost the best thing that has happened to her. Another good thing that makes her happy is her bestfriend. She makes her happy because she's always there for Jenna while she going through harsh times. The harsh things Jenna is going through is her family is having problems and her job which is a shoe store that is on the verge of being destroyed. The conflict of this story would be person vs. society. I would say person vs. self because she doesn't have enough faith in herself while she's going through all these harsh things.I was suprised when Tanner came into Jenna's life because all these bad things were going on and she made if seemed like more bad things were going to happen because of how much faith she had in herself. I didn't agree with the way this book was set up because it was kind of confusing. It was confusing to me because in the beginning all it talked about was shoes and I don't know much about shoes and so I was kind of confused. I understood why the author made Tanner an important part of Jenna's life because she was going through a lot and it was like this important person came in her life that she really needed by her side. My favorite part of this story is when the author introduced Jenna's bestfriend. That was my favorite part of this story because I have bestfriends that are always there for me when I go through harsh times and it reminded me of them which made me happy. "Best Foot Forward" is a good title for this book because whenever you are going through a harsh time you put the best foot thats ready to go through that harsh time first. In conclusion, I give this book a 1-5 stars because it was a confusing/ boring book. I would recommend this book for people who like reading about other people who are going though harsh times. So if you like reading about others people rough times you should read this book.

  • Orchid
    2019-05-23 08:17

    When I first saw Best Foot Forward at the used bookstore, I admit that I had mixed feelings. Especially when I found out that it was a companion to Rules of the Road which just so happens to one of my most beloved books. But on the other hand I was excited to get a chance to reconnect and hear more about Jenna, Mrs. Gladstone and the rest of the characters. I am happy to let you know that Best Foot Forward was just as good as I hoped it would be and will definitely be making my must re-read list (at some point).I think what makes Ms Bauer’s writing so good, is that she has the ability to take something that could be either straight out of someone’s real life (dealing with alcoholism in the family) or the headlines, (like, businessmen who lack any kind business ethics) which both come into play in Best Foot Forward, But what really makes Best Foot Forward (and Rules of the Road) a must read would have to be Jenna, the main character. I like her because her personality is so real. It's also nice to read a book that features a pretty leval headed character whose story you can just get caught up in.I honestly don't read that many contemporary books, but I have been lucky that the few I have chosen to read have been ones that I'd probably in all likelihood read many times, and Best foot Forward was definitely one of those. Okay, so my favoroite thing about Best Foot Forward would have to be that I got to read more about some of my favorite characters, Jenna and Mrs. Gladstone, along with the new cast additions. I loved how the new and old characters stories combined to make an unforgettable book.Final Verdict: One amazing read, with a strong, hard-working lead character that you can't help but root for. Joan bauer is one of my all-time favorite authors, so this will probably came as no big surprise. But I highly recommend giving Rules of the Road and Best Foot Forward (or any of her other books) a try.Best Foot Forward earns 5 out of 5 pineapples.

  • Becky B
    2019-06-07 09:02

    Jenna is still shoe sales woman extraordinaire, but as the summer is drawing to a close she faces some new challenges. First off, there's Tanner, Mrs Gladstone's most recent hire, who stumbled into the job after trying to steal from the store. Mrs Gladstone wants to show him how to use his talents to make a positive impact on the world, but Jenna isn't sure if Tanner will join them or end up a lost cause. She's also still dealing with the issues her alcoholic father left her with, but Al-Anon meetings do seem to be helping. Of course there's school about to start, and Jenna has no clue how she's supposed to juggle school and work, and to make matters more complicated a guy who bumps into her car starts asking her out. And then, there's the issues at Gladstone's. The merger between Gladstone's and the Shoe Warehouse is a little bumpy, and it looks like there's fishy things going on like changes in shoe quality and a manufacturing center that doesn't seem to exist. Jenna is the right hand woman as Mrs Gladstone hunts out the root of the problem and takes the bull by the horns, but it is one rough go and neither is sure they have the strength to make it through the messy storm.A spectacular book with several great insights into how to succeed in life in general. I love Bauer's writing, Jenna's humorous but painfully real voice, and the lessons along the way. I will be shoving this into students' hands.My favorite quote:""You know the problem with human beings?" my grandma used to say to me. "We think we can wear too many hats at once. It's not possible." She'd pile on two or three to make the point. "It's an outright fashion disaster.""I also really liked what Mrs Gladstone says about standing up for what you believe in on p.172 but it's too long to quote here. :)Notes on content: No swearing. No sexual content. No violence.

  • Mackenzie
    2019-05-18 06:12

    Another really inspiring, interesting, and really good book that I have just finished reading is "Best Foot Forward" by Joan Bauer. Jenna Boller, a teen girl who is going into high school, has an amazing job at a shoe store, a great best friend, named Opal, and a family that she's learning how to deal with. Then there's the not so good thing in jenna's life: she has a dad that doesn't live with her family anymore because he drives drunk and has been to jail numerous times. Jenna is doing okay, but one day, a boy named Tanner Cobb, tries to steal shoes from the shoe store that Jenna works at. After that incident, Tanner keeps coming back to the shoe store and at one point, wants to work at the store. Although Tanner and Jenna have started talking, Jenna doesn't think she can trust Tanner, what with him stealing, having a police record, etc. But as the story goes on, things change. Will Jenna be able to start trusting Tanner or not? The major characters in this book are Jenna Boller, Faith Boller, Opal, Tanner, Mrs. Gladstone, and Elder Gladstone. Faith Boller is Jenna's younger sister, who wants to be a famous model. Opal is Jenna's best friend. Mrs. Gladstone is Jenna's boss. Elder is Mrs. Gladstone's son. The plot is when Tanner tries to steals shoes from the store Jenna works at. I thought this book was a little confusing and the main idea was kind of hard to grasp onto. I also didn't like how it was kind of mature for some readers. I did like how the author had the main characters talk about their feelings and I liked how deep and kind of emotional it was at some points. Overall, this was a pretty good book and I enjoyed reading it.I would recommend this book to more mature people, as well as people who like deep and kind of emotional books. I wouldn't recommend this book to younger people because it was kind of hard to understand.

  • Jennifer Wardrip
    2019-05-23 08:58

    Reviewed by Cana Rensberger for TeensReadToo.comShe 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!