Meet some of the cast of Laura Greaves’ Incredible Dog Journeys.
In Incredible Dog Journeys, proud ‘crazy dog lady’ Laura Greaves pays tribute to sixteen remarkable canines. Meet Occy the astraphobic Staffordshire bull terrier who ran away in a storm; Sissy the miniature schnauzer whose midnight stroll made headline news all over the world; Rosie the poodle who undertook a journey both physical and spiritual; and so many more…
Straight from the pages of Incredible Dog Journeys, here’s a brief introduction to just three of these special dogs and their incredible true stories.
Into the Fire
Photo: Captain Bronwyn Williams, Salvation Army
The heat was unbearable. The flames were still 300 metres away, but they advanced like a tidal wave, causing the old ute’s paint job to bubble and blister.
John stomped on the accelerator pedal and desperately twisted the key in the ignition. Finally, mercifully, the ute came growling to life. He clipped the gatepost as he sped out of the driveway and turned right into Sturt Road. It was a dead end, but he knew there was a farm at the end of the road that had a dam. John would plunge the car straight into it if he had to.
On the passenger seat his dog, Bonnie, was trembling. She didn’t know what was happening any more than John did. Was it a terrorist attack? Was somebody dropping bombs? Going by the roar that surrounded them, and the boom of distant explosions, anything seemed possible…
The Great Chopper Chase
It was supposed to be a new beginning; a fresh start for both a neglected, abandoned dog and a family still grieving the loss of their beloved pet. Instead, it was an impromptu journey that sparked ‘an eleven-day nightmare’ and ultimately proved that you don’t have to know someone a long time to know you’d do anything for them…
Run, Lu, Run!
Elkmont, Alabama, is one of those blink-and-you’ll-miss-it kind of towns. Tucked away in the state’s leafy, undulating north, an hour’s drive from Alabama’s fourth-largest city, Huntsville, and a stone’s throw from the Tennessee state line, the tiny hamlet has just 450 residents. The downtown shopping strip boasts a total of six stores. It doesn’t even have a traffic light.
Though rich in natural beauty, until recently Elkmont was arguably best known as the home of 1930s country music pioneers The Delmore Brothers, NFL star Michael Boley, and the award-winning Belle Chevre artisanal goat cheese company.
But on 16 January 2016, everything changed. That was the day an inquisitive bloodhound called Ludivine went out for a walk and accidentally ran a half marathon – and Elkmont became headline news around the world…
We wanted to know what young Kiwi readers thought about Jesse O's book Locked Down (hint: they loved it!). Read on to see their reviews.
When Jesse O wrote Locked Down (then titled Staying Home) back in 2011, she never imagined that almost a decade later, the events of her novel would prove spookily accurate . . .
Syd, the Muster Pony tells the story of the Wilson sisters' most epic adventure yet, and it's inspired by a real-life road trip Kelly and her sisters took in 2001! (warning: this article might induce a desperate longing to go adventuring around the country, read on at your own risk)
Find out the inspiration behind Beyond Burnout, as well as what you'll learn from reading it!
From contemporary rom-coms, to literary debuts, to the creepiest modern gothic fairytale you could imagine (seriously . . . it is AWESOME!), we've got some stellar YA lined up for you this year. Read on for recommendations for your TBR pile!
In How to Avoid a Climate Disaster, Bill Gates outlines just some of the hurdles between humanity and a net-zero carbon world.
Hairy Maclary and his friends are known and loved all over the world. But how familiar are you with Dame Lynley Dodd's other creations? There are plenty to discover, and just like Hairy Maclary, they all feature Lynely's uniquely exuberant artwork and gorgeously readable rhymes! Here are some suggestions to get you started.
After an exhausting and unusual 2020, we’ve got plenty of reasons to be grateful for a new year, not least because of the stellar line up of children’s books we have coming your way over the next few months!Read on for a sneak peek at some of the best new children’s books we’re bringing to you in 2021.
Sometimes a story is best told alongside a beautiful picture, Here's a small selection of some of our favourite 2020 picture books from local creators.
If you’re planning to head to the shops for a last-minute Christmas here's what destitute gourmet wants you to think about!
If you’re new to the world of audiobooks and aren’t sure where to start or if you’re looking for the perfect book to listen to on your summer road trip adventures, we’ve got some great suggestions for you!
From the influence of family to his political rise and the world events that shaped his presidency, Barack Obama covers enormous ground in his Presidential Memoirs, Volume 1: A Promised Land. Here we break down some of the key themes and turning points.