I don’t usually write book reviews, but this book has had it coming for a long time.
When I met Anne last year as a speaker for my Creative and Professional Writing Degree, I immediately impressed. She is one of few authors who dedicated years to researching and developing her book. She was lucky enough to find an incredible agent via Twitter, whom we discussed in my interview with Anne. And, she after many years, finally got the book published.
I am so glad she did.
Girl With A White Dog by Anne Booth
Amazon Plot Summary:
Jessie is excited when her gran gets a white Alsatian puppy, but with Snowy’s arrival a mystery starts to unfold. As Jessie learns about Nazi Germany at school, past and present begin to slot together and she uncovers something long-buried, troubling and somehow linked to another girl and another white dog…
Review: 5 Stars *****
I’m giving Girl With A White Dog 5* because it is quite simply one of the best children’s books I have ever read. And no, I am not just saying that because I know the author – I’m not that type of reader. No book gets my stars unless I genuinely liked it.
When Anne first told me about the book, I was intrigued by the subject matter: a teenager learning about Nazi Germany at school, and trying to solve her family mysteries all at once. But when I actually read it… this book is on another level entirely.
I’m 19, nearly 20 and an undergraduate, as well as an author, so when I take the time to sit down and read – it’s a big deal. This book (spread over a few days) probably only took me about four hours to read, but it was worth it.
Girl With A White Dog covers huge life issues any teenager goes through, as well as some very current (and very old) social issues. Anne Booth has clearly done her research, and as a bit of a History buff – I didn’t see any inaccuracies.
It made me aware of the causal prejudices that children are brought up with, just because people are different – and it’s not right. I know that when I have children of my own, this book is going to be on their bookshelves.
So whether you’re a teenager, an undergraduate, a mother, or a grandmother – you should be reading this book!
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