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Dog Ears

Written by Anne Booth

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Dog Ears Review

Family / Home Stories Featured Books for 11+ readers Featured Books for 9+ readers Recommended Children's eBooks

There are apparently 700,000 young carers in the UK and this sensitively-told, compassionate story puts them in the spotlight. Anna tries hard at school and at home, where things are not easy. Though it’s not directly said, her mother is suffering post-natal depression after the birth of her little brother, who arrived very prematurely. Dad is abroad with work. Anna confides in Timmy her dog, a narrative device that means the reader knows exactly what’s happening and how much Anna is struggling with things, but without any overbearing sense of earnestness. A sub-plot about a school talent show helps keep the tone light and there’s an upbeat ending. This is both engaging and thought-provoking.  ~ Andrea Reece

Matthew Reed, Chief Executive of The Children’s Society, says: ‘Dog Ears provides an important opportunity to raise awareness of the situation young carers up and down the country find themselves in. We hope that young carers themselves who read the book will recognise that they are not alone and that support exists. Being a young carer can have a major emotional impact on somebody’s life. Readers who need support can visit our website – so we can help them find their local young carer services.’


Dog Ears Synopsis

Anna and her friends can’t believe that popstar Frankie Santoro is coming to their school to judge a singing competition. They’re going to be famous! But beneath her happy exterior, Anna is struggling. Her dad is away and all her mum’s time is taken up with worrying about ill baby Jack, so Anna is left to keep things together at home.

The only person she can talk to isn’t even a person; he’s her dog, Tim. With so much to do, Anna is sure she’s going to let everyone down. She starts to dream of running away, with best friend Tim at her side.

But she’d never do anything crazy like that . . . would she? Anna’s spent all her time worrying about everyone else - now they need to worry about Anna.


Thousands of children across the country are forced to grow up early and miss out on vital educational and recreational opportunities because they care for disabled or chronically ill adults or for children that the adult is not able to care for.

• Latest census statistics reveal there are 166,363 young carers in England, compared to around 139,000 in 2001. This is likely to be an underrepresentation of the true picture as many remain under the radar of professionals

• Young carers are more likely than the national average to be not in education, employment or training (NEET) between the ages of 16 and 19

• Young carers have significantly lower educational attainment at GCSE level

• 10 to 14 year olds make up 41% of young carers but some are as young as 5 years old

Published in the 2013 Children’s Society report: Hidden From View: The Experiences of Young Carers in England.

Dog Ears Reader Reviews

Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Isabel, age 8 - 'A gripping diary of a young girl and her best friend Timmy the dog.'
  • Amelie Chatham, age 12 - 'If you love dogs, you'll love this book. Even your dog would enjoy listening to this dog Ralph loved it.'
  • Georgie Docwra, age 9 - 'An enjoyable book which made me think a lot about other children's lives.'
  • Destiny Maraj, age 13 - 'Dog Ears was a tense, exciting, drama-filled novel. I couldn't set it down!'
  • Ella Hewitt, age 12 - 'This is an emotional book showing the true colours of a real friend even if that friend isn’t a human.'
  • Chloe, age 11 - 'This is an amazing story that really made me realize how lucky I am. Anna's baby brother is poorly and no one seems to notice her at home but at least she can tell her best dog Timmy.'

Dog Ears Press Reviews

Praise for Girl with a White Dog

‘a clear and compassionate plea for tolerance.’  NICOLETTE JONES, THE SUNDAY TIMES

‘ [A] beautiful, moving book about refusing to take the easy path.’  IMOGEN RUSSELL WILLIAMS, THE METRO

Compelling, well paced and sensitive, this is an (almost) entirely believable novel of our times.’ JANE SANDELL, THE SCOTSMAN

‘A thoughtful and emotionally charged story.’ JULIA ECCLESHARE, LOVEREADING4KIDS

‘powerful and thought-provoking.’  ALEXANDRA STRICK, BOOKTRUST BOOK OF THE WEEK

‘...what makes this book so outstanding is the very subtle way in which it encourages children to make connections... History teachers everywhere will rejoice at its
demonstration of just why we must learn from history.’   JOY COURT, THE READING ZONE

‘Jessie is a strong lead character and how she learns about Nazi Germany is turned into an interesting and moving tale’.  THE TELEGRAPH - BEST YA BOOKS OF 2014 SELECTION

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ISBN: 9781846471889
Publication date: 07/05/2015
Publisher: Catnip Publishing Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781846471889
Publication date: 7th May 2015
Author: Anne Booth
Publisher: Catnip Publishing Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 208 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Family / Home Stories
Recommendations: eBooks, Reviewed by Children

About Anne Booth

Anne Booth lives in Kent and has always wanted to bea children’s writer, but on the way to becoming one has worked in many jobs. Anne lives in a lovely village with her husband and four children– and the children's grandfather across the road. They have two hens called Poppy and Anastasia and two dogs called Timmy and Ben. Anne loves tea and once won a Blue Peter badge for writing a poem about two mice in a bucket of rice. Despite this, she ...

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