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Dog Days

Written by Geraldine McCaughrean

Dog Days Synopsis

'The ice was slippery. Her paws kept splaying outwards until the cold of the ice on her belly made her tiptoe back up to her full height . . . Someone on the bridge threw a lump of coal at her. It skidded across the whiteness, leaving a black trail, then plopped into a fissure: the ice was breaking up.' Clay and his brother, Hal, rescue a struggling dog from the icy River Thames. But back on dry land their father refuses to take her in - the new Dog Tax means she's too expensive to keep. As skinners sharpen their knives, ready to make money from pelts just like hers, the boys determine to save her - at whatever cost . . .

Dog Days Press Reviews

'It is great to come across a novel written for this age group that feels like a proper book rather than an extension of a school-reading scheme ... Geraldine McCaughrean's quirky story gets to the emotional heart of a big, old house ... a delicately written tale' (SIX STOREY HOUSE) * The Guardian * 'poignant, original and funny ... This book is a triumph of wit, warmth and careful composition from one of our most creative and versatile contemporary children's writers' (SIX STOREY HOUSE) * TES Primary * '... stands in a place between logic and imagination, where the enjoyment of language is king.' (SIX STOREY HOUSE) * The Times * an excellent introduction to historical novels , with just the right amount of modern fizz * The Irish Times * Never patronising, never overly sentimental, this author understands exactly what children will enjoy * Newbury weekly news *

Book Information

ISBN: 9780340866085
Publication date: 13th May 2004
Author: Geraldine McCaughrean
Publisher: Hodder Children's Books an imprint of Hachette Children's Group
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 128 pages

About Geraldine McCaughrean

Geraldine McCaughrean is an established author for all age groups. Geraldine has been awarded many prizes for her writing, including the Whitbread Children's Book Award for A Little Lower than the Angels, the Library Association Carnegie Medal and the Guardian Award for a Pack of Lies. Geraldine has also published a number of retellings of traditional stories. She was awarded the Blue Peter Book Award for her retelling of 'A Pilgrim's Progress'. Geraldine lives in Berkshire and has a young daughter.

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