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The Dogs

Written by Allan Stratton

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February 2015 Debut of the Month Ghost story and psychological thriller, The Dogs will keep readers nervous and guessing to the very end. Cameron and his mum have been on the run from his violent father nearly all his life, moving from town to town, trying to leave no trace of themselves when they go. In Wolf Hollow, the run-down old farm house they move into has secrets of its own. Is Cameron seeing the ghosts of previous occupants, or is he going mad? Which is scarier: things that happened long ago, or the shadowy presence of his father? Stratton ups the tension as events head towards a terrifying climax. A truly eerie and unsettling story. ~ Andrea Reece

Reader Reviews

Teens love to read and so in addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title.

  • Shannon McCluskey  - 'an amazing book to read.  It is very mysterious...I have never read this author before but will definitely be looking out for him in the future.' Read full review >
  • Thora Harrison, age 13 - 'This book was extremely gripping, I became absorbed in the story, staying up late just to find out what would happen, and the ending did not fail me.' Read full review >
  • Lewis Duckworth, age 13 - 'For me this book starts off fairly slowly...But, like most other books,it gets better the further you read it... I would give this book a 7/10 as it is definitely worth a read.' Read full review >
  • Amisha McCrystal, age 12 - ‘The Dogs is an amazing novel that will keep you on your toes the whole time you read it.' Read full review >
  • Sophia Ufton - 'Brilliant book. fantastic plot, couldn't put it down.' Read full review >
  • Celeste Phelan, age 13 - 'A rather frightening read and a nail biting drama.' Read full review >


The Dogs by Allan Stratton

Cameron and his mom have been on the run for five years. His father is hunting them. At least, that's what Cameron's been told. When they settle in an isolated farmhouse, Cameron starts to see and hear things that aren't possible. Soon he's questioning everything he thought he knew and even his sanity.


It's about ghosts and terrifying danger and going mad all at once. I didn't know what was real and what was imagined until the very last page. I loved it! -- Melvin Burgess

Brilliant, page-turning and eerie. Had me guessing to the very end -- Joseph Delaney

There's packs of intrigue and emotion in this ghostly detective story. A brilliant, bark-at-the-moon mystery -- Keith Gray

In this astonishing novel, both harrowing and hopeful, Stratton winds twin tales of abuse and madness -- Gary Schmidt

About the Author

Allan Stratton

Allan Stratton is the internationally acclaimed author of Chanda's Secrets (winner of the Michael L. Printz Honor Book). Other titles for young adults include Chanda's Wars, Borderline and Leslie's Journal. Allan has safaried in Africa, hiked the Great Wall of China, explored pyramids in Egypt and flown over Cappadocia in a balloon. He lives with his partner in Toronto with four cats and lots of fish.

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Book Info


304 pages
Interest Age: From 12


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Andersen Press Ltd

Publication date

5th February 2015




Publisher Profile

Andersen Press Ltd is an imprint of Andersen Press

logo Andersen Press is one of the leading independent children’s publishers, publishing some of the biggest names in the world of children's books including the much-loved picture book characters the Little Princess and Elmer the patchwork elephant. Andersen Press is the home of many award-winning authors and illustrators including Melvin Burgess, Rebecca Stead, Satoshi Kitamura, Tony Ross, David McKee, Chris Judge and Jeanne Willis. Founded in 1976 by Klaus Flugge it won the Bologna Best Children’s Publisher prize in the European Category in 2016, the company’s 40th anniversary year.

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