When Matthew, a young man of 16 left his home in Port Melbourne for war, he didn't realise that a quick decision of smuggling his beloved dog, Digger, onto the troop ship would impact so heavily on his experience of World War One. At the front, Matthew worked as a stretcher-bearer and Digger helped him rescue the wounded. Together, they face the triumphs and tragedies of the Western Front.
The descriptions of war-torn Belgium, where Digger and Matthew faced rats, enemy fire and poison gas are intense and vivid. As the story twists and turns the reader doesn't know who is going to rescue who in the end...and like so many stories of The Great War, there is no happy ending.
Based on the true story of Driver, a puppy that was smuggled onto an Australian troop ship during World War One, this heartfelt story shows that the bond of love and devotion between a man and his dog cannot be broken, even by the tragedy of war.
This is a sad story. But it is a story that needs to be told. Many young men who went off to fight never returned. The loss of World War One left an impact on Australia that can be felt by generations to come. Our young people need to be aware of this loss and this story by acclaimed author/illustrator Mark Wilson is told with compassion and sincerity.
This will be the second book I will be reading at our Rainy Day Books - Anzac Reading Event.
We would love to see you down there. Otherwise pick up a copy of this wonderful book and read it to your kids or your dog on Anzac Day.
For Ages: 5 - 9 years old
Published: 10th March 2015
Publisher: Hachette Australia
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