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Stanley’s dad hasn’t been the same since his wife died and his eldest son went off to fight in the war. Now Stanley is either invisible to his dad or the object of one of his rages, and his only friend is his dad’s prizewinning greyhound, Rocket. But one day Rocket escapes, and the result is a litter of non-thoroughbred puppies that Da says will all have to be drowned, even Stanley’s favourite puppy, Solider. Stanley is so angry with his father that he runs away and enlists in the army to train as a messenger dog handler, and despite being far too young he’s soon heading to France with a great Dane called Bones by his side.

As the fighting escalates and Stanley experiences the horrors of war, he comes to realise that the loyalty of his dog is the one thing he can rely on. But his father hasn’t given up on him, and extraordinary circumstances will bring them together once more . . .

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Macmillan Children's Books

Date published

July 5th, 2012

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Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 6.0; Middle years; 9.0 points

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  • 288 pages




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  1. bumble546
    on 20 June 2013

    It is really touching and inspirational ma babes, and i recommend it lots, although only in the middle of the book right now. does the middle count as 24 pages in? hehehe. why am i reviewing it at this stage. xxx

  2. Book-Club-Review-Team
    on 17 September 2012

    Soldier Dog was a great book! I was dying to read it as soon as I saw the cover-the cover is brilliant, my first thought was I love the sunset in the background and the silhouette of the soldier and the dog and as it was painted with dark colours I could tell this book would be a sad book!

    This book is about a soldier called Stanley who joined the army when things got a bit to much at home between him and his dad. Stanley thinks that the best way to leave all of this behind him is to lie about his age and join the army.He then gets a bit of training and he get sent to the messenger dog service where he meets a dog called Bones who is a great dane and they become best friends.

    I loved the fact that the story involves World War 1, one of my favourite time periods and that the book was based on a true story. The book is also written in a way that makes it feel like you are there. The author paints a vivid picture of life in the trenches and also sets your heart racing as you are worrying about Stanley, will he survive World War One and be reunited with his family? Well you will have to read the book to find out! Anyone who read and liked War Horse or anyone that likes war and animals for that matter will love this book, Sam Angus definitely gives Michael Morpurgo a run for his money! Thats the reason why i rate this book 9.5/10. A truly brilliant book set in WW1 that includes alot of friendship, courage, hope and sadness!

    Ben, aged 12