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Dogs of the Deadlands

Written by: Anthony McGowan
Narrated by: Francis Greenslade
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Publisher's Summary

Chernobyl 1986. Natasha’s world is coming to an end. Forced to evacuate her home in the middle of the night, she must leave her puppy behind and has no idea if she’ll ever return.

Some time later, growing up in the shadow of the ruined nuclear power plant, pups Misha and Bratan have to learn how to live wild—and fast.

Creatures with sharp teeth, claws and yellow eyes lurk in the overgrown woods. And they’re watching the brothers’ every move… But will the dogs survive without humans? And can humans live without them?

2023, The Young Quills Awards, Long-listed

2023. The Week Junior Book Award Children's Book of the Year, Short-listed

2024, The Yoto Carnegie Medal for Writing, Long-listed

©2022 Anthony McGowan (P)2022 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

What the critics say

"McGowan's prose is beautiful in its brevity and devastating in its emotional impact." (The Bookseller)

"The Carnegie medal winner McGowan is superb at stories about children who do not have all the advantages." (The Sunday Times)

"This book! It broke my heart and then splinted it back together again. Full of hope and love and wildness... Imagine Watership Down meets The Animals of Farthing Wood but fiercer." (Hannah Gold, author of The Last Bear)

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