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Saturday, 29 March 2014

Review: Barking Mad (Lightning Strikes)

Years ago, Walker Books launched a series called Lightning Strikes. Pitched as high action for 8 +, these novellas with short, fast-paced chapters and quirky story lines always glue me to the page.

In Barking Mad, the concept of what might be possible is stretched further than usual. Alex doesn’t like to lose, so when school announces a pet competition, he just has to find a pet that will take the trophy, and fast. He literally walks into the perfect candidate on his way home. No one seems to belong to the dog, so Alex takes him home and that is where the fun and disasters begin.

What would you do with a dog that starts his day by reading the finance section of the newspaper? What if this dog can clean up your room and make your bed, but will pee on your school bag to let you know he isn’t pleased?

Life gets complicated when Alex isn’t the only one that doesn’t like to lose. Get ready for a bit of ridiculous embedded in the here and now.

And if you like Barking Mad, there is a list of short, action-packed Lightning Strikes awaiting. Perfect for an hour or two of escape.

Title: Barking Mad
Author: Renae Hayward
Publisher: Walker Books, $12.95 RRP
Publication Date: 1 September 2013
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781922077547
For ages: 8+ years
Type: Junior Fiction

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