A fiercely original verse novel for middle-grade readers and beyond from Zana Fraillon, the Carnegie Award-shortlisted author of The Bone Sparrow.
‘Tender and gritty’Â THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD
‘Beautifully written ? ambitious and absorbing’Â BOOKS + PUBLISHING
Be strong. Be fierce. Life is more than a concrete floor.Â
Scruffity is born into a harsh, grey world. What he yearns for most is Family. But no one wants him. Just as his chances of adoption grow thin, Scruffity is set free by a boy as unwanted as he is.Â
He learns how to run, to dig, to howl and, biggest of all, to love. But then tragedy strikes …
How does a dog find his way home when he never had one to begin with?
- A heartfelt, wondefully written and totally compelling story of love and belonging
- Told through the eyes of a young pup, Scruffity, who will tug at your heartstrings
- Themes of friendship, loss and hope are woven through a gripping narrativeÂ
- Stunning illustrations by Sean Buckingham