The Great Fire Dogs by Megan Rix

The Great Fire Dogs

Written by Megan Rix

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In a nutshell: upstairs downstairs puppies at the court of Charles II Megan Rix takes young readers to the London of 1666 in a typically exciting and heart-warming novel, and gives them a puppies’ eye-view of life at the court of Charles II. Little Woofer is destined to work in the kitchens as a turnspit dog, running round inside the wheel that turns the palace’s great roasting spits, while spaniel Tiger Lily is the pampered pet of the king. The two meet and become friends, unconscious of difference of rank, and in the adventure that follows become lost on the streets of London as the Great Fire rages. The setting is brilliantly realised, full of background detail, characters and stories that will enthral children, and the two little dogs themselves are irresistible heroes.

For more great animal stories, moving, realistic and well told, there is of course Michael Morpurgo and Sarah Lean and Gill Lewis too. ~ Andrea Reece

Reader Reviews

Kids 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  The Bomber Dog which is also by Megan Rix.  You can read their reviews below.

  • Lee Dobinson, age 10 - 'If you enjoy war stories you’ll love reading about what life was like for animals that were used during WWII.  Megan Rix has written a winner here.'  Read full review >
  • Mollie O’Loghlen, aged 10 - ' I give it 5 stars and  have recommended it to all my friends.'  Read full review >
  • Alice D'Angelo, age 14 - 'I sped through this book and soon lost consciousness of turning the pages and became part of the flow of the story.' Read full review >
  • Adam Graham, age 10 - 'This book is a gripping story about a man named Nathan and his beloved dog Grey who are almost inseparable even though they have only been together for a matter of weeks.' Read full review >
  • James Goodall, age 9 - 'A brave journey across a war torn country - how far would you go for friendship? This book is so cool...I recommend you read it!' Read full review >
  • Benjy Randall - 'The Bomber Dog is a super exciting book...I was totally absorbed in the story and found myself reading it at every opportunity - even when I was doing my teeth! Overall I really loved the book and would definitely recommend it - it is probably one of my top choices this year so far.  I am planning to read Megan Rix's other books as soon as I possibly can!' Read full review >
  • Sam Harper, age 9  a perfect mix of heart warming friendship and thrilling adventure.  I've never read anything like it and it has inspired me to learn more about the lives of military dogs during the war.  I can't wait to read Megan Rix's other books but, in the mean time, I'll be reading this fantastic book again! Read full review >


The Great Fire Dogs by Megan Rix

London 1666 - A terrible plague has swept through the city and people live in fear of animals carrying the disease.

Woofer is a loveable stray who works in the palace kitchen and Tiger Lily is the pampered pet spaniel of King Charles II. They come from very different worlds but this hasn't stopped them becoming the best of friends and looking out for each other.

When Woofer finds himself in trouble he has to escape the palace grounds and Tiger Lily isn't far behind him. It's not long before a new danger emerges - a great fire is sweeping across London destroying everything in its path. Can these two brave dogs survive the blazing fire and make their way to safety?


Praise for Megan Rix:

If you love Michael Morpurgo, you will enjoy this Express

A moving tale told with warmth, kindliness and lashings of good sense that lovers of Dick King-Smith will especially appreciate The Times

Every now and then a writer comes along with a unique way of storytelling ... Meet Megan Rix. Her novels are deeply moving and will strike a chord with animal lovers LoveReading

About the Author

Megan Rix

Megan Rix was born in London and lived in America, Singapore and New Zealand before marrying and moving to the East of England. When not writing she can be found walking by the river with her dogs, Traffy and Bella, who are usually in the river.

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240 pages
Interest Age: From 9


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Puffin an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd

Publication date

25th August 2016




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