I remember reading Paul Jennings’s stories in primary school and adored his witty style of writing. His latest book A Different Dog does not disappoint, but it is definitely a big shift from what I used to read in my pre-teen years.
The story is quite dark and foreboding – there is a tragic incident right at the beginning of the book and this sets the tone for the rest of the unfolding story.
Themes of poverty, bullying and desperation are woven throughout but the story is compelling and even though some chapters are filled with dread I couldn’t stop reading to find out the fate of the boy and the dog.
This was a really great read but I will caution in saying that even though this a young adult book, some parental guidance and conversations about the story would be beneficial for younger readers.