Soldier Dog by Sam Angus
Soldier Dog has been nominated for the Carnegie 2013. This review is part of our shadowing of the longlist. But, the judging criteria have not been considered for this review.
Dog is set in the Great War (WWI). It is about a boy named Stanley Ryder who
signs up in the signals section of the British army but he does not know what
he has signed himself up for. The section he signed up for was the Messenger
Dogs which means he must train a dog to come back from where ever he is. This
dog can give vital messages back to his Keeper, that’s Stanley. The dogs go
through No Man’s Land and have a high risk of getting injured or killed. This
can be very sad for the keeper.
|Soldier Dog by Sam Angus|
While in the army, Stanley is also looking for his older brother Tom. Stanley wants to find him because their father did a terrible thing, something he would never forget or forgive: he killed Stanley’s dog.
This book made me cry an awful lot. I never knew how one book could make me cry so much. It is sad but it did make me laugh at some points. If you like Michael Morpurgo then I think you will love Soldier Dog; people who like books based on wars might like it too.
In some way it is like Michael Morpurgo’s novel, War Horse, in the sense that a boy has an animal that he deeply loves and then his father takes it away from him. They are also both set in a war time.
This was the first book I have read by Sam Angus. It has made me want to read more of her books when she writes them. Soldier Dog is her debut novel.
I am very happy that this book has been longlisted in the Carnegie and it is a book I think lots of people will enjoy and recommend.
Publication details: 2012, Macmillan Children’s Books, London, paperback
This copy: received for exploring the Carnegie longlist from the publisher
This review counts towards Little M’s British Books Challenge 2013 and the Debut Author Challenge 2013.