The dog who saved the world
Ross Welford


The astounding new novel from the bestselling and Costa-shortlisted author of Time Travelling with a Hamster, this is a story for everyone of ten and older who loves adventure, laughs and tears. "One of my favourite middle-grade writers" Kiran Millwood Hargrave, author of The Girl of Ink and Stars When eleven-year-old Georgie befriends an eccentric retired scientist, she becomes the test subject for a thrilling new experiment: a virtual-reality 3D version of the future. But then a deadly disease threatens the life of every dog in the country and Georgie's beloved dog, Mr Mash, gets sick. And that's only the start of her troubles. Soon, Georgie and Mr Mash must embark on a desperate quest: to save every dog on earth, and maybe even all of humanity ... ... without actually leaving the room. An extraordinary quest with the biggest stakes of all, and a huge idea at its heart, this is time travel - but not as you know it.

Your reviews

Catherine, 10
I liked this book because tons of happy and sad events occur. the plot is good and interesting. It's a wonderful book and I absolutely loved it.
Jacqueline Harris, 9
When 11-year-old Georgie and her best friend Ramzy meet a slightly mad and eccentric scientist, their world is about to change dramatically. Georgie's beloved dog Mr Mash gets sick, along with vast numbers of other dogs throughout the world. Could it be that this is only the start of something much, much worse? The stakes are higher than Georgie could possibly have imagined.

The thing about Ross Welford books (Time Travelling with a Hamster, The 1,000 Year old boy and What Not to do if you Turn Invisible) is that they are utterly original. (I had trouble classifying on here!) You simply won't have read anything like this book before, as dog lovers come face to face with an end of world scenario. The imagination in the story is second only to the pace and excitement, as this book is unputdownable.

As with all Ross Welford's books, it is the ordinary coupled with the completely believable fantasy that make the story so compelling. It almost seems as if it could be true, such are the elements of story telling woven together. I read the book, almost in one sitting, on the edge of my seat, the story was so vividly brought to life.

My 11-year-old could not wait to get his hands on this book - he was the one who first introduced me to the author. I can see this being a very popular choice for upper key stage 2 children, especially with a tagline like 'He smells. He'll eat anything and he's humanity's only hope' (It is talking about the dog of course!) This book seems destined for more awards and praise for the author; very well deserved. This is very much a book and an author that goes top of the list to be read for pleasure.

416 pages / Ages 9+ / Reviewed by Jacqueline Harris, teacher consultant.

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