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A Different Dog


FORMAT: Paperback PRICE: £6.99 PAGES: 96 Pages PUBLICATION DATE: 01/02/2018 ISBN: 9781910646427

A Different Dog

Paul Jennings, illus by Geoff Kelly

Old Barn Books

A highly original, gripping and surprising story of a boy who can't speak, a dog, and a daring rescue.

The child narrator of A Different Dog can't speak – we assume it is from a disability or a reaction to a trauma in his past. He is teased by the other kids and is a loner. On a cold winter's day, when everyone is participating in a fun run on the mountain, our narrator finds himself alone at the scene of a car accident where the driver has died. But there is a little dog in the car... What follows is a moving story of survival and redemption (and somehow humour in the midst of all that), all told in a 96-page novella. Beautifully crafted, this story will draw the most reluctant of readers towards the rewarding, quirky, twist of its ending.

Includes sevent atmospheric and evocative chapter opening illustrations by Geoff Kelly.

Selling points

  • Engaging story - perfect for the reluctant reader
  • Weaves humour into a dark tale of survival
  • Powerful themes, including bullying and resilience, poverty and family - and dogs


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