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Girl with a White Dog

Written by Anne Booth

Key Stage 2 Family / Home Stories

LoveReading View on Girl with a White Dog

Shortlisted for the Waterstone's Best Fiction for 5-12's Award 2015 - Shortlisted for the Little Rebels Book Award 2015     A thoughtful and emotionally charged story in which different generations are linked by their common cause of dealing with bullies and hatred. Jessie’s life has been full of changes. She has found it hard to adjust but the one constant has been her Gran. But Gran is getting increasingly confused and suddenly everything in Jessie’s life seems to fall apart. There are bullies in the village, her own cousin seems to have turned against her and she keeps falling out with her very best friend. And there’s Gran’s new dog Snowy to look after and then Gran to visit in hospital. Helping piece together the story of Gran’s childhood while also doing a project on Nazi Germany helps Jessie to be brave and to understand that sometimes people do bad things when under pressure.

A Piece of Passion from Catnip Commissioning Editor Liz Bankes ‘Jessie’s voice is entirely authentic as a child on the cusp of realising how the world works. Anne’s passion for her characters and the themes that inspired her to write this book bubbles fiercely under the surface of a beautifully told story - one with the power to move me, and the sales team, to tears. This book will change hearts and minds’.


Girl with a White Dog Synopsis

At the beginning of this story, I had three wishes: to have a dog, to stop living in our horrible house, and to have Dad home again. Having them all come true at once was to be my happy ending. I didn’t realise that meant there had to be a sad beginning.

When Jessie’s gran gets a white Alsatian puppy, it’s the start of a downward spiral of strange and worrying behaviour. But life at home is only half the problem – at school Jessie’s class is studying the rise to power of the Nazi party and soon Jessie starts seeing alarming parallels between modern life in her sleepy village and that of 1930s Germany. With one eye on the past and one on her ailing gran, Jessie starts to see a connection – something long-buried, troubling and somehow connected to another girl, and another white dog . . 

A note from the author   ‘I want ‘A Girl with a White Dog’ to free children from fear, and one of the most pernicious  fears there is, is fear of ‘the other’, so prevalent in our media today. I want my book to be a story that they can lose themselves in, and emerge from, with a new way of looking at the world and those who are ‘not like’ them. Children will always have limited power to change their circumstances, but I hope my book will teach them that they (like us all) can choose the stories they believe in, and ultimately that can help to change their – and our world.’

Girl with a White Dog Press Reviews

‘Moving and thoughtful, with rich characterization, ‘Girl with a White Dog’ should be in
every school library... The themes are so timely - I wish every polititian could have a copy
sent to them... It is a book full of compassion.’  Zoe Toft, Blogger - ‘Playing by the Book’

Book Information

ISBN: 9781846471810
Publication date: 6th March 2014
Author: Anne Booth
Publisher: Catnip Publishing Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 176 pages
Year Groups: Key Stage 2
Topics: Family / Home Stories

About Anne Booth

Anne Booth lives in Kent and has always wanted to bea children’s writer, but on the way to becoming one has worked in many jobs. Anne lives in a lovely village with her husband and four children– and the children's grandfather across the road. They have two hens called Poppy and Anastasia and two dogs called Timmy and Ben. Anne loves tea and once won a Blue Peter badge for writing a poem about two mice in a bucket of rice. Despite this, she ...

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