Macmillan Childrens Publishing Group
Soldier Dog

Soldier Dog

Sam Angus

Square Fish



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With his older brother gone to fight in the Great War, and his father prone to sudden rages, 14-year-old Stanley devotes himself to taking care of the family's greyhound and puppies. Until the morning Stanley wakes to find the puppies gone.

Determined to find his brother, Stanley runs away to join an increasingly desperate army. Assigned to the experimental War Dog School, Stanley is given a problematic Great Dane named Bones to train. Against all odds, the pair excels, and Stanley is sent to France.

But in Soldier Dog by Sam Angus, the war in France is larger and more brutal than Stanley ever imagined. How can one young boy survive World War I and find his brother with only a dog to help?

New York Charlotte Award Master List, Kentucky Blue Grass Award Master List, IRA Teachers' Choices, YALSA Teens' Top Ten, Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, ALA Notable Children's Books, American Library Association Notable Children's Books


13 May 1917

Twelve hours had passed. He'd last seen her at eight that morning. Faint with exhaustion and hunger, Stanley sank down. How on earth could he find a creature lighter and quieter than the wind? He called...


Praise for Soldier Dog

“A heart-warmer . . . you probably won't find a more exciting dog story out there.” —Booklist

“An outstanding book, reminiscent of Michael Morpurgo's War Horse.” —School Library Journal, starred review

“This is a fascinating slice of World War I history, and readers who like fiction about war, history, or dogs will find much to enjoy here.” —BCCB

Reviews from Goodreads

About the author

Sam Angus

Sam Angus grew up in Spain. She studied literature at Trinity College, Cambridge, and taught A-level English before becoming a ski-wear designer. She lives between London and Exmoor with an improvident quantity of children, horses, and dogs. Soldier Dog is her first novel.

Sam Angus

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