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One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | November 2017 Book of the Month
In a nutshell: gripping, sometimes heart-breaking story of a dog and his boy
Guardian award-winner Andy Mulligan brings his own sensibility to a much-loved model - boy and dog form special relationship - adding a particular humour, seriousness and depth. It’s love at first sight for Tom and Spider, but a series of accidents results in Spider running away from home. The animals he meets are almost universally cruel, their animal natures leading them to torment Spider and other animals too; a vixen offers to help him home but loses her life in the process. Things get bleaker still, until Spider finally fights his way back to Tom. A thrilling climax allows the two of them, both bullied, to emerge as heroes. Original, thought-provoking and with a dark humour, this is an ultimately uplifting read, and very memorable. Andrea Reece
When Tom gets a puppy he calls Spider, it changes both their lives. Tom finally has a special friend all of his own - which is just what he needs as he struggles with a difficult new school and trouble at home. And Spider has someone to love him. But the course of their love does not run entirely smoothly, as they embark on a gruelling journey of separation and reunion. Dog is a book about trust, standing up for yourself, and learning to love. By the award-winning Andy Mulligan, author of the bestselling Trash, it is a story that will delight readers young and old.
Publication date: 07/06/2018
Publisher: Pushkin Children's Books
|Publication date:||26th October 2017|
|Publisher:||Pushkin Children's Books|
|Suitable for:||11+ readers, 9+ readers|
|Genres:||Adventure Stories, General Fiction, Animals, Personal Social Health Economic|
|Recommendations:||Books of the Month, eBooks|
Andy Mulligan was brought up in the south of London. He worked as a theatre director for ten years before travels in Asia prompted him to retrain as a teacher. He has taught English and drama in India, Brazil, the Philippines and the UK. He now divides his time between London and Manila.More About Andy Mulligan