Doglands

Once upon a time in the Doglands, a blue greyhound gave birth to four pups in a prison camp that the dogs called Dedbone’s Hole.
— Opening line of
Doglands by Tim Willocks

Great book!!!  Furgal is a puppy with three sisters. His mom is a greyhound and his dad is a “lurcher.” Furgal tells the story (from his point of view) about his life and the treatment of dogs, whether wild or kept as pets. This book gives you a whole new outlook on a dog’s life. Boys will like it a lot.

Review by Marsha Artigues, Eisenhower Jr. High School Media Center
Rating: ★★★★★ (5 stars)
Interest Level: Grades 4+

Doglands
Written by Tim Willocks
Random House Children’s Books
320 pages
Release Date: September 27, 2011
ISBN: 9780375865718

Furgul is a puppy born in a slave camp for racing greyhounds, and he has a terrible secret—he is himself only part greyhound. When the cruel owner of the camp recognizes Furgul’s impure origins he takes Furgul to be killed, but Furgal manages a spectacular escape. Now Furgul must confront the indifference, complexity, warmth, and ferocity of the greater world, a world in which there seem to be two choices: live the comfortable life of a pet and sacrifice freedom or live the life of a free dog, glorious but also dangerous, in which every man will turn his hand against you.

In the best tradition of The Call of the Wild and Watership Down, novelist Tim Willocks offers his first tale for young adults, an allegorical examination of human life through a dog’s eyes, infused with heart, heroism, and the mysteries of the spirit. — From the publisher

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