by Sam Angus
Feiwel And Friends, 2012
Thirteen-year-old Stanley’s life is turned upside down when his mother passes and his father, so deep in his grief, is unavailable for his youngest son. His brother, who does support him, is fighting in France in the Great War. When the family’s prized greyhound gets loose and returns pregnant,
Stanley keeps the runt after his father tries to kill it. It survives and becomes his best, and only, friend. Eventually his father removes the pup. Thinking his father drowned him, Stanley runs away and enlists in the Army, lying about his age. Officers know Tom is young and encourage him to work with messenger dogs. Finally sent to France, more officers protect him as they can, until one day, they have no choice, but to put his dog into action.
Written for kids, this compelling story of an English boy growing up in a war zone in 1918 is intense and moves swiftly and deeply into a reader’s heart.