When Tim finds an abandoned and bedraggled little dog outside his house, he can't just leave him there, even though his parents hate the idea of pets in their house. And then the endearing animal turns out to be Grk, the much loved pet of the recently replaced ambassador of Stanislavia, left behind when they made a rushed (and enforced) exit. Tim innocently wants to reunite them, but it means that he will become embroiled in the violent and dangerous politics of this little known East European country. To find them, he will have to break into a high security prison (and out again!) and escape from the consequent hue and cry. This will involve the hair-raising piloting of a helicopter, and a nail-biting race for the border. Could this be the new 007? A Dog Called Grk is Shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award.
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. . . touching, crazy and smart . . . If your children are too young for Horowitz's teenaged spy series, this is a good alternative. The best joke of all is that a child who has done nothing but play computer games knows how to fly a helicopter. - The Times
. . . the benefits of being a computer nerd are aptly demonstrated. Tim pilots a helicopter accompanied by GRK (brave, generous and foolish in Stanislavian) to rescue his owners, Max and Natascha, after a coup by evil Colonel Zinfandel. - Financial Times (UK and Ireland)
Tim finds a stray dog on his way home from school, but his parents refuse to let him keep it. He discovers the owner lives thousands of miles away - in prison! Tim knows he must return him so he makes a plan; he will travel by taxi, then plane to Eastern Europe. All he has to do then is break into the high security prison to return the dog - all without getting caught. Will he manage it? - pdsa pet protectors
A really great story for all who long for adventure. - Northern Echo
A friendship and a story guaranteed to keep you glued to your chair. - Wanstead and Woodford Guardian
By turns lightly comic and cinematically adventurous, the plot zips along nicely with tongue firmly in cheek - Kirkus Reviews
A high-octane plot, filled with action, suspense and humour, along with an element of dark political seriousness, combine to create a hugely entertaining read. - Booktrust
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Joshua Doder is the pseudonym of Josh Lacey, the author of Bearkeeper and the Misfitz Mysteries. He worked as a journalist, a screenwriter and a teacher before writing his first book for children, A Dog Called Grk. He lives in London with his wife and daughter.