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The Dog Runner


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Carnegie-nominated compelling, adventure set in an all-too possible world where climate change has taken hold, from the author of 'How to Bee"

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Twice nominated for the Carnegie Medal, winner and shortlistee for the Australian Children's Book of the year, twice winner of New Zealand Children's Book of the Year, amongst many other accolades, Bren's books are set in climate changed worlds and can truly be described as 'award-winning'. Bren writes wild adventures for those curious about the future and hopes her stories give them courage, ideas and the language to talk about the future they'd like to see.


In The Dog Runner, not only does the reader encounter a stark possibility for the future as we unbalance the world and its resources, but themes of loyalty, what constitutes family, the almost primeval bond between humans and dogs, love and identity (including ethnic and social) are all there to be contemplated. There is such depth to The Dog Runner that it would make a sensational class reader for children aged 9-13, but I'd like to see as many adults as possible read it too because there is a warning here for us all as well as a superbly compelling narrative.
*Linda's Book Bag blog*

The Dog Runner is a tense, thrilling adventure story full of close calls and peril, but it's also glowing with heart, whether it's the relationship between Ella and Emery or their love for the "doggos" helping them get to where they need to be. The all-too timely reminders about the importance of the environment and food security, Bren MacDibble's distinctive writing style, and the delicious sense of threat make The Dog Runner hard to resist.

The Dog Runner is a powerful imagining of things to come, and a reminder of the importance of kindness in the midst of uncertainty ... an excellent choice for sophisticated middle grade readers who want something meaty. It’s also a hopeful story for children thinking about climate crisis and what they might be able to do about it.

The Dog Runner is a non-stop adventure which will entertain as much as it will provoke thought about the importance of looking after our planet and how we should be doing this now – not waiting until it’s too late.
*thebookactivist blog*

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