A dog called homeless by Sarah Lean

Hi everyone, welcome to the ‘friendly’ month of February. This week’s post features an award-winning author and the title that launched my interest in her writing. If you are a fan of dog stories and the bonds formed with man’s best friend, then this is definitely the book for you!!

A dog called homeless fluffy white dog's face boy and girl in background
A lovely read!

Title: A dog called homeless

Author: Sarah Lean

Genre: Fiction – Contemporary

Publication details: Harper Collins Children’s; 2012

ISBN: 9780007455034

What this book is about: Cally Louise Fisher hasn’t spoken for thirty-one days. She thinks that talking doesn’t always make things happen, however much you want them to. Cally Fisher saw her mum bright and real and alive. But no one believes her, so Cally’s stopped talking. A mysterious wolfhound always seems to be there when her mum appears and now he’s started following her everywhere. But how can Cally convince anyone that Mum is still with them, or persuade Dad that the huge silver-grey dog is their last link with her?

My review: Such a lovely story!! Although I don’t currently own a pet, I truly love animal stories in all shapes and sizes. This heartwarming and beautiful story expertly describes  how young children learn to cope with loss and grief. Sarah Lean’s beautifully written story caught me unawares at every turn of the page and I couldn’t stop the tears towards the end!!

My rating: 5 ⭐

Additional information: This title has won the Schneider Book Award for Middle Grade Readers in 2013, the California Young Readers Medal for Intermediate in 2016, and nominated for the Bluestem Book award in 2015.

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