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Dog wasn’t really a dog, she was a human girl. But she was called Dog because that is what Uncle had always called her.

Dog has never been outside her cruel uncle’s pet shop. She sleeps in a box on a floor and has no idea what the outside world looks like. Then, in a flurry of colour and feathers, Carlos the parrot arrives in the shop – and the world as she knows it changes forever. Escaping from her uncle, Dog, Carlos and her best friend Esme the coati set out in search of the same thing: somewhere they can call home, somewhere to belong. But the world is a huge and dangerous place, and they face danger and adventure at every turn…

Three courageous friends set out on the journey of a lifetime in this funny, heartwarming tale of discovery and belonging, which will delight any fan of Roald Dahl or Michael Morpurgo.

Praise for the author:

“There is not a word too many, there is not a word out of place… near-poetic narrative.” TES

“I was caught, hook, line and sinker…” Guardian

“I loved this book so much I could have eaten it!” Daily Mail

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Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 5.5; Middle years; 3.0 points




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  1. bee100xxx
    on 9 March 2014

    This story is about a girl’s uncle calling her dog so she can blend in with all the other animals in the pet shop that he owns. Dog does not speak and has to hide when a customer comes in or she will be taking to a very dark place. Luckily Dog has the courage to run away Unfortunately she does not have the sense that their are many dangers in the real world…

    5out of 5
  2. roseyclo
    on 5 January 2014

    it was ok.

    1out of 5
  3. bouncybunny
    on 5 March 2013

    I didn’t like the start I felt sorry for dog I wanted to take her place and let her live a little.But a happy ending in the end though

  4. indigobeam
    on 4 March 2012

    This book was very different to how I first imagined it. The characters came off the page and the story cam alive. Loved it.

  5. milena1940
    on 23 October 2011


    5out of 5
  6. Peanut-Pumpkin
    on 23 July 2011

    It sounds soo good I just wan’t to read more!!

    5out of 5
  7. annie12
    on 9 July 2011

    i would really like to read this book because it sounds really cool but i just dont get why her uncle calls her dog????

  8. pingudasiy1
    on 7 July 2011

    This is such a good book i love it poor dog!!

    5out of 5
  9. Book-Club-Review-Team
    on 31 May 2011

    This was a great story about Dog and her animal friends. I thought it was going to be really sad but it was exciting too. I really liked Carlos because he is so clever!

    Daisy, age 9

    5out of 5