A Dog Called Homeless by Sarah Lean

A Dog Called Homeless

Written by Sarah Lean

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May 2012 Debut of the Month. How a young girl finds hope and a way forward after the death of her mother and the collapse of her familiar life is a deeply touching story. Cally stops talking when no one believes her that she can see her mother even though she’s dead. No one seems able to get through to Cally until she meets Sam who is blind and almost deaf. Becoming friends, Cally and Sam meet Homeless, a dog who follows them everywhere. How can Cally get to keep Homeless and how can he help her get her life back on track?

The Lovereading comment:

This is an outstandingly assured debut novel from a sparkling new talent. When Cally Fisher sees her dead mother, real as anything, no one believes her. So Cally stops talking - what's the point if no one is listening? The only other living soul who sees Cally's mum is a mysterious wolfhound who always seems to be there when her mum appears. But without a voice, how will Cally convince anyone that her mum is still with them, and how will she ever persuade her Dad that the huge silver-grey dog is their last link with her ? This tender and at times heart-rending story is very special and is by an author with a bright future.


A Dog Called Homeless by Sarah Lean

My name is Cally Louise Fisher and I haven't spoken for thirty-one days. Talking doesn't always make things happen, however much you want them to.


'Heartbreakingly beautiful! I loved it.' - Cathy Cassidy

'A Dog Called Homeless is a tender story of heartache and hope, doubt and courage, silence and song. Sarah Lean's graceful, miraculous writing will have you weeping one moment and rejoicing the next. A luminous debut.' - Katherine Applegate, author of The One and Only Ivan

'I couldn’t put this down; it is beautifully written and moving without being mawkish. A talent to watch.' - Fiona Noble, The Bookseller

About the Author

Sarah Lean

One of the World Book Day 2014 Authors Sarah Lean grew up in Wells, Somerset but now lives in Dorset with her husband, son and dog. She has worked as a pageplanner for a newspaper, a stencil-maker and a gardener, amongst various other things. She gained a first class English degree and became a primary school teacher before returning to complete an MA in Creative and Critical Writing with University of Winchester.

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288 pages
Interest Age: From 9


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HarperCollins Children's Books an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

Publication date

26th April 2012




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