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Alex, the Dog and the Unopenable Door

Written by Ross Montgomery

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Shortlisted for The Branford Boase Award 2014 - One of our Books of the Year 2013 - Shortlisted for the Costa Children's Book Award 2013 - August 2013 Debut of the Month  One boy and one dag embark on a seriously silly adventure to the very heart of the Forbidden Lands. For Alex, it’s a welcome escape from Cloisters Boarding School for Boys where Matthew is the only other person as mad as he is – and he is the Headmaster! As the son of one of the world’s most famous explorers Alex knows something about what he is doing but even so, having left the known world even he has no idea what is in store. He certainly never imagined anything quite as wild as what he finds! A laugh-out-loud story of impossibles and impropbables!

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The Costa Book Awards honour some of the most outstanding books of the year written by authors based in the UK and Ireland.

The full shortlist for the Children's Book Award is...

Alex, the Dog and the Unopenable Door by Ross Montgomery.

The Hanged Man Rises by Sarah Naughton

Goth Girl: and the Ghost of a Mouse by Chris Riddell

Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein


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Alex, the Dog and the Unopenable Door Synopsis

Alex Jennings is a boy with a problem. His mum's sent him away to boarding school because his father, the most famously failed explorer in the history of the Cusp, has escaped from hospital again, yelling 'squiggles'. Make that two problems. Now the evil Davidus Kyte and all his henchmen are after Alex, convinced he alone knows the meaning of the word 'squiggles'. OK, make that three - Alex Jennings is a boy with a lot of problems. But with the help of a talking dog and a girl with unfeasibly sharp teeth, he just might have what it takes to cross the Forbidden Lands, escape the evil Davidus Kyte, and find out what lies beyond the Cusp..

Alex, the Dog and the Unopenable Door Press Reviews

If you prefer a strange, slightly surreal world, then I'd recommend Alex, The Dog And The Unopenable Door by Ross Montgomery (Faber, GBP6.99), out on August 1. When his father, a famous explorer, disappears, Alex is forced to embark on an adventure to discover what really lies at the heart of the mysterious Forbidden Lands. Quirky, silly and perfect for dog lovers. -- Sarah Kingsford Sunday Express

Underneath this barking mad romp there's a moving message about love, loss, fear, and identity. A highly original debut novel. -- Sally Morris Daily Mail

This original, funny debut concerns 12-year-old Alex who is bullied not least because his father, once a celebrated explorer, has gone mad and believes he is a dog. Full of delightful characterisation, sometimes farcical, sometimes poignant, this novel involves a quest, a brass band of deliquent youngsters and a fierce girl with false teeth. Children's fiction has a remarkable new comic voice. -- Nicolette Jones The Sunday Times

An intriguing title - always a good start! Immediately, the reader thinks this book will be out of the ordinary and you won't be disappointed. Alex Jennings is a boy with a problem - well, three problems actually. He's been sent to boarding school; his father is a failed explorer and Davidus Kyte and all his henchmen are after him, convinced he alone knows the meaning of the word 'squiggles'. With the help of a talking dog and a girl with unfeasibly sharp teeth, he just might have what it takes to cross the Forbidden Lands, escape the evil Davidus Kyte, and find out what lies beyond the Cusp... An unusual and exciting story. -- Sarah Parents in Touch

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ISBN: 9780571294619
Publication date: 01/08/2013
Publisher: Faber Children's Books an imprint of Faber and Faber
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780571294619
Publication date: 1st August 2013
Author: Ross Montgomery
Publisher: Faber Children's Books an imprint of Faber and Faber
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 352 pages
Suitable for: 9+ readers
Genres: General Fiction
Recommendations: eBooks
Other Categories: All Shortlists and Winners

About Ross Montgomery

Ross Montgomery started writing stories as a teenager, when he really should have been doing homework, and continued doing so at university. After graduating, he experimented with working as a pig farmer and a postman before deciding to channel these skills into teaching at a primary school. He wrote his novel when he really should have been marking homework. He lives in Finsbury Park with his girlfriend and many, many dead plants.

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