Soldier Dog by Sam Angus REVIEW

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Soldier Dog by Sam Angus REVIEW

Terrin R., Reporter

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A young boy named Stanley Ryder at the age of thirteen watches as his week old puppy Soldier gets drowned by his own father driving him to run away and lie about his age to join the military only to be assigned to a big strong hound named Bones, an ex-guard dog who wants to protect him on a rough ride to Italy in a cold war to find his older brother.

This book will draw you in on the adventure of a boy too young to go to war driven by anger of his father’s change after the loss of his mother. And so will the struggle of him and his furry friends. This story is a real emotional rollercoaster with its ups and downs either leaving you with a smile, tears, or hate for different people.  You will find that Soldier Dog taught you things you didn’t know about the First World War, and having read this book, do you think you will now read more books about this period in history?

According to reviewer Jules on goodreads.com, “The best novel I’ve read in ages! If you love dogs this is the book for you. Please don’t be put off by the war theme. I have no real interest in war books, and chose it solely because of the dog theme.   I read it over 3 nights, as I found it very hard to put down, and cried at least twice each night. It left me loving my own dogs even more. Even though I read this a few months ago, I still regularly think about this book and how it affected me emotionally. This book will stay with me forever.

This book is for anyone from young adult to elderly for some of the content of war is too much for those too young, because the concept of this book not everyone will like it. If you can put that behind you and only think of the good I promise you will end up enjoying it.

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