***Due out on 5 October - put in your order now***
Review by Anne Day
Runt is a delightful book about a young girl Annie Shearer and her best friend an adopted stray dog called Runt. The book is said to be suitable for 8 to 12 year olds,; however, most adults will read and enjoy this book enormously.
Annie likes to fix things. Especially when it comes to difficulties her family might be having on the financial front which could lead to them having to sell their farm to pay their debts.
There is an unscrupulous villain in the plot, Fergus Fink, who is also a dog handler and who competes with Annie and her dog on every competitive front including a participation in the grand prize in the Crumpets Dog Show in London. He is vile and cruel and a danger to everyone around him.
Runt is a heart-warming and hilarious tale of kindness, cruelty, and friendship. To say more would be to give away too much of the plot. But do read the book when it comes out in October.
Craig Silvey is an author and screenwriter from Fremantle, Western Australia. His critically acclaimed debut novel, Rhubarb, was published in 2004. His bestselling novel, Jasper Jones, was released in 2009 and is considered a modern Australian classic. Published in over a dozen territories, Jasper Jones has won plaudits in three continents, including an International Dublin Literary Award shortlisting, a Michael J. Printz Award Honor, and a Miles Franklin Literary Award shortlisting. Jasper Jones was the Australian Book Industry Awards Book of the Year for 2010. Craig's third novel Honeybee was published in 2019 and won Best Fiction for the Indie Book Awards 2021 and Dymock's Book of the Year 2020.