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McTavish on the Move

Written by Meg Rosoff

Illustrated by Grace Easton

Part of the Conkers Series

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McTavish on the Move Review

Adventure Stories Dyslexia Friendly Books for Interest age 9+ Featured Books for 11+ readers Featured Books for 9+ readers Funny School Stories Stories about Animals Personal Social Health Economic (PSHE)

Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8

A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month November 2019

Full of Meg Rosoff’s delightful wit and evident affection for dogs, the is a great return for McTavish the big-hearted rescue dog who is already well-known for the good care he takes of all those around him. This time it is Betty who needs help. When Pa Peachey gets a new job the whole family is upheaved. Everyone is excited about it except for Betty. Not only has she got to move house but she also to say goodbye to her old friends and go to a new school. Betty does not want to be the new girl: she is terrified. Luckily, McTavish thinks of the best possible way to turn her arrival at a new school into a triumph rather than a catastrophe.

Julia Eccleshare M.B.E

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Julia Eccleshare's Picks for November 2019

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McTavish on the Move by Meg Rosoff

McTavish on the Move Synopsis

Pa has just landed a new job, and it's put an unusual spring in his step. But a new job means a new house in a new part of town, and now the Peacheys are getting ready to move. Amidst the chaos, nobody seems to notice that Betty is struggling with this big change. Nobody, that is, except McTavish. Will the canny family dog be able to put a smile back on Betty's face?

The fourth instalment of this critically acclaimed series brings a touching and witty take to one of life's most common anxieties.

McTavish on the Move Reader Reviews

Some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel members were lucky enough to read and review the first in this series, Good Dog McTavish. You can read their full reviews (and see some of their own fantastic illustrations) by clicking here.

  • Tomasz Hawryszczuk, age 11 - 'A dog adopted from a dog's home who teaches a crazy family how to cook, clean, tidy up and be on time! What a lovely short story. Recommend to boys and girls, especially those who like dogs...Perfect for reluctant readers.'
  • Jennifer Wood, age 8 - 'Super read. I wish I had a dog like McTavish. This was a good book... I would definitely recommend this book.’
  • Elleanore Phillips - 'I like the book because the story is really funny. I would recommend it to bookworms with a good sense of humour to snuggle up with for a good read. Warning!  I would suggest you keep this book away from your mums. We don’t want to give them ideas!!'
  • Daniel Bisland, age 9 - 'I like the moral of the story, which is always help your mum or she’ll abandon you for yoga. My brother and I are going to make the Lovely Chicken Dinner in the back of the book so our mum doesn’t ever go on strike!'

McTavish on the Move Press Reviews

Praise for the McTavish series;

A work of gentle genius ... a witty, stylish, often hilarious delight Literary Review

Wry, real and big-hearted  The Bookseller

McTavish is an irresistible character, his gentle guiding of the Peacheys is very funny indeed, and this beautiful story will leave all readers smiling  Andrea Reece LoveReading4Kids

A gentle and knowing humour and an affectionate portrait of a modern family with different interests ... The gorgeous illustrations by Grace Easton also give the text a lovely dash of whimsy  Booktrust

Common sense has rarely been so charmingly conveyed to readers of seven up   New Statesman

Meg Rosoff is not only a superb writer but she's also a well-known dog lover and in McTavish she's created an endearing character that allows us to view the foibles of his human companions in a gently satirical way  Letterpress Project

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ISBN: 9781781128732
Publication date: 07/11/2019
Publisher: Barrington Stoke Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781781128732
Publication date: 7th November 2019
Author: Meg Rosoff
Illustrator: Grace Easton
Publisher: Barrington Stoke Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 128 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Adventure Stories, Funny, School Stories, Animals, Personal Social Health Economic
Recommendations: Julia Eccleshare's Picks, Reviewed by Children
Other Categories: Dyslexia Friendly Books for Interest age 9+

About Meg Rosoff

Meg Rosoff worked in publishing, journalism, politics and advertising before writing How I Live Now. Her books have won or been shortlisted for 18 international book prizes, including the Carnegie Medal and the Orange First Novel Prize, and been translated into over 20 languages. In 2016, Meg was the recipient of the prestigious Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, the world’s largest children’s literature award. She lives in London with her family and two dogs. Click here to read a Q&A with the author's Good Dog McTavish. Click here to read more about Meg Rosoff.

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