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The Dog Who Saved the World

Written by Ross Welford

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LoveReading View on The Dog Who Saved the World

Time-travel adventure with real heart

January 2019 Book of the Month

Ross Welford has a knack for combining science and philosophical questions in stories that stem from things we all understand – family, friendship, self-discovery and love. Georgie and her friend Ramzy are fascinated by the eccentric Dr Pretorius and the amazing VR machine she’s created in her secret hideout on the Whitley Bay seafront.  She claims it can send them into the future, something Georgie is willing to try, despite the dangers, if the future holds a cure for the disease that is threatening all dogs – including her beloved Mister Mash – and even humanity itself.  Welford cleverly balances tension with humour and sets readers thinking about what’s really important in our lives. This is another warm-hearted, intelligent and gripping adventure from a consistently excellent author.

Readers who enjoy this will also like Christopher Edge’s stories The Jamie Drake Equation and The Infinite Lives of Maisie Day.

Andrea Reece

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The Dog Who Saved the World Synopsis

When eleven-year-old Georgie befriends an eccentric retired scientist, she becomes the test subject for a thrilling new experiment: a virtual-reality 3D version of the future. But then a deadly disease threatens the life of every dog in the country and Georgie's beloved dog, Mr Mash, gets sick. And that's only the start of her troubles. Soon, Georgie and Mr Mash must embark on a desperate quest: to save every dog on earth, and maybe even all of humanity ... ... without actually leaving the room. An extraordinary quest with the biggest stakes of all, and a huge idea at its heart, this is time travel - but not as you know it.

The Dog Who Saved the World Reader Reviews

Some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were lucky enough to read and review the first book from Ross Welford, Time Travelling with a Hamster. They loved it and you can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Anastasia Abdian, age 11 - 'Time Travelling With a Hamster is a fantastic book. You will laugh and cry as you read about Al Chaudhury's adventure to prevent an accident and save his father. You must read this amazing novel.'
  • Isaac Phelan, age 12 - 'Time travel, presently the most excitable science the world has ever seen. Ross's intriguing novel is almost better than time travelling itself.'
  • Georgie Docwra, age 10 - 'I really enjoyed reading Time Travelling with a Hamster as it is a very funny book, which made me laugh out loud.'
  • Jenna Welch, age 11 - 'This book really creates a life-like gripping atmosphere whilst you read it. Welford spins a truly good yarn with brilliant characterisation throughout the book. Great for pet lovers.'
  • Stephanie Chaplin - 'I loved this book because it has action all the way through and it was hard to put the book down.'
  • Sam Harper, age 11 - 'An amazing story which is funny, gripping and has a cute hamster in it – what more could you want from a book? It’s an absolutely brilliant read, I loved it!'
  • Lauren Carver, age 9 - 'Time Travelling with A Hamster is a funny and quite emotional book.  The ending is lovely and cherishing.  I think Ross is very talented and thoughtful.  Best book ever!'
  • Alexander Bisland, age 10 - 'This book has a rollercoaster of emotions and it ends with a cliff-hanger. I would really like to read a sequel.'
  • Amanda Curtis - 'I really like this book especially Alan shearer and the time machine.'
  • Louie Mee, age 10 - 'I liked this book as it was about travelling in time.'

The Dog Who Saved the World Press Reviews

One of my favourite middle-grade writers - Kiran Millwood Hargrave, author of The Girl of Ink and Stars

Praise for Time Travelling with a Hamster:

The gripping suspense truly makes time fly... the book's heart and humour are hard to resist.' Piers Torday, author of The Last Wild

Extremely clever and totally engaging -  The Irish Times

Intelligent, well crafted and impressive - Nicolette Jones, The Sunday Times

Touching, silly and exciting by turns, this thrilling little book is an inventive take on time travel for children. Sure to be a hit with fans of R.J. Palacio's Wonder... an unforgettable, madcap story from a bright new talent in Children's fiction -  Waterstones

A touching tale of family, grief and love - Daily Express

With intriguing twists from start to finish, this story is a real roller coaster of emotions. It warmed my heart and filled my head with wonder! A fast, funny and really satisfying read that sparks your imagination -  Joseph, 10

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ISBN: 9780008256975
Publication date: 10/01/2019
Publisher: HarperCollins an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780008256975
Publication date: 10th January 2019
Author: Ross Welford
Publisher: HarperCollins an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 416 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 9+ readers
Recommendations: Books of the Month, Reviewed by Children

About Ross Welford

Ross Welford was a journalist and television producer before becoming a full-time writer. He lives in London with his wife, children, a border collie and several tropical fish.  Ross Welford's blog -

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