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The Sand Dog

Written by Sarah Lean

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The Sand Dog Review

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

A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month May 2018 |  Full of hope and wonder but also shot through with deep feelings of sadness this is a beautiful story about the importance of belonging.  Azi’s home is with his grandfather on a Mediterranean island but he has always known that it isn’t where he was born. When Grandfather goes missing Azi, together with the dog who has befriended him and a young girl who is visiting the island, sets out to find him and to discover the truth about where he really comes from. Sarah Lean has created an original and touching story based on true stories about migration. 

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The Sand Dog Synopsis

When Azi's grandfather leaves their small Mediterranean island, Azi waits every day for him to return. The arrival of a nesting turtle and a tall sandy dog convinces Azi that it must mean that Grandfather is on his way. As Azi digs deeper into the past, he begins to unravel hidden secrets and starts to find out just how alike he and his grandfather really are. And without him, Azi knows he will never feel complete...

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ISBN: 9780008165819
Publication date: 31/05/2018
Publisher: HarperCollins an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780008165819
Publication date: 31st May 2018
Author: Sarah Lean
Publisher: HarperCollins an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 272 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Family / Home Stories
Recommendations: Julia Eccleshare's Picks, eBooks
Collections: Refugees - 40 books to raise awareness,

About 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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