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A different perspective of the First Word War,
This review is from: Soldier Dog (Paperback)
I've read plenty of war-themed novels, although this is the first time that I have read about the use of Messenger Dogs during the First World War. Dogs played a vital part during the war and proved to be as reliable as soldiers in the dangerous job of running messages.
The story revolves around a young boy, Stanley, and his experiences of being a dog-handler in the trenches of France. His brother, Tom, had already enlisted and Stanley joins up after an incident with his father and Stanley felt that he could no longer live at home.
This is a good read about war, loss and family relationships. The war scenes are realistic, with several emotional and hard-hitting parts. The majority of the book follows Stanley at war and towards the end of the novel I felt that it had taken up too much of the story. I enjoyed it, though, and think the story gives young and older readers a good insight into a different part of the First World War.
The Author's Note states that some of the events in the book are based on Airedale Jack, a dog who saved a battalion during the war.