The Incredible Billy Wild by Joanna Nadin
  

The Incredible Billy Wild

Written by Joanna Nadin

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In a nutshell: story of a boy and a dog that will tug the heartstrings

When Billy Wild finds a greyhound hiding in his garden shed it feels like a miracle, and as Billy is already writing to God (holiday homework), maybe it really is. Animals are important agents of change in children’s literature and the arrival of Dog, as the greyhound becomes known, has a huge impact. Billy is sure that Dog will melt his father’s heart, which she eventually does, but she brings Billy, his dad and his brothers all closer and helps them to be more able to cope with the loss of the boys’ mum too. Nadin sets out unashamedly to pull on the heartstrings and succeeds completely, but she also fills the story with humour, and a real sense of life as it is lived. This is one to recommend to readers who enjoyed Millions by Frank Cottrell Boyce, another brilliantly funny and beautifully written book about love, loss and family. ~ Andrea Reece

Synopsis

The Incredible Billy Wild by Joanna Nadin

A story about dogs, love, family and freedom, full of heart and humour.

When Billy Wild's teacher asks the class to write a letter to their god, Billy's request is simple: Please send me a dog. So when he discovers a greyhound hiding in the shed, he decides someone must really be listening. With the help of his brothers, Billy sets out to hide her from Dad, who's far too stressed to add a dog to the mix. But keeping a greyhound a secret is a difficult task, and when Billy's classmate Paris enters them all in a local talent show, it becomes even harder! Billy must make a big, brave, wild decision - but it's one that might save Dog and hundreds like her. And it might just make him incredible...

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Reviews

Praise for Joanna Nadin’s Joe All Alone:

‘A gripping, heart-warming contemporary story about a young teenager forced to make difficult decisions in order to survive’ – Book Trust

‘This book highlights the best and worst of humanity while tackling these highs and lows from the beautiful, naïve, vulnerable perspective of a child’ – welovethisbook.com

'A gem of a book that catches the heart and lifts the spirits' - Tanya Landman

About the Author

Joanna Nadin

Joanna Nadin is a winner of the Fantastic Book Award, the Surrey Book Award, Blue Peter 'Book of the Month' and Radio 4 Open Book 'Book of the Year'. She has been shortlisted for the Booktrust Best Book Award and Queen of Teen, and Spies, Dad, Big Lauren and Me was selected for the Richard and Judy Book Club. In 2011, Penny Dreadful is a Magnet for Disaster was shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize. Joe All Alone was nominated for the 2016 C ILIP C arnegie Medal. She writes the Flying Fergus series with Sir Chris Hoy. Joanna previously worked as a policy writer for the Labour Party and a special adviser to the Prime Minister. She continues to freelance as a speechwriter and editor, and lectures in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University.

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Format

Paperback
240 pages

Author

Joanna Nadin
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Author's Website

www.joannanadin.com

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Publisher

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers an imprint of Hachette Children's Group

Publication date

4th May 2017

ISBN

9781510201255

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