No More Dead Dogs, written by Gordon Korman, is a novel for younger readers focused on a boy in middle school named Wallace Wallace (that's right, first and last name). Because his touchdown won his school football team the championship, he has recently become popular with other students.
Problems start off in the book when Wallace, who doesn't like to lie, writes a book report truthfully saying how much he hated the book Old Shep, My Pal. His teacher, Mr. Fogelman, gives him detention until he writes new report, and he requires Wallace to go to rehearsals of the drama club for detention. This keeps Wallace from going to football practice, and he eventually realizes that he'd rather be in drama club than on the football team.
While there are other things going on in the plot, I would say the main problem in No More Dead Dogs is that someone is trying to sabotage the school play, and Wallace is being blamed for it. Wallace has been making friends in rehearsals and making suggestions to change the show, but he is banished from the play when he is suspected for the vandalism. This problem is eventually solved when Rachel realizes that her brother Dylan, who was upset that Wallace left the football team, was responsible for the sabotage. Everything works out, and Rachel and Wallace decide to go on a date.