It’s a week before Christmas. Scout’s first Christmas
without mum. She is friendless and ignored at her school for perfect people.
holidays loom, her class has been set a friendship assignment to be completed
during the break. This is a challenge for Scout, with results she could never
Scout has something wonderful to look forward to.
She and Dad set out in their truck to deliver donated dog food to the animal
rescue shelters in rural Australia to cover the Christmas need.
Their trip is more than just the deliveries. It is
a time to bond, meet new dogs and help others that might have some need. Updating
the shelter’s site for the manager at their first stop is the start.
Brainstorming leads to a plethora of clever ideas,
beginning with a site to find forever homes for every dog.
Scout creates a list
of profiles and characteristics for each canine so they can be matched up to a
suitable owner. (Tony Flowers’
illustrations for this are a perfect touch to the story). Each stop they make,
even through fire-ravaged areas, deepens Scout’s resolve to find homes for the
The talented Dianne Wolfer has created an
interesting chapter book full of innovative thoughts and ideas around the
importance of considering properly, what is involved in choosing a dog or
giving one as a gift.
With an accent on climate change and the bushfires
recently experienced in our country, it addresses community, helping wild
animals and each other in times of crisis, concerns for unlicensed backyard
puppy farms, and how children are affected by grief.
A funny section of jokes flows through the
narrative which relieves the seriousness of animal rescue shelters.
Title: Scout And The Rescue Dogs
Author: Dianne Wolfer
Illustrator: Tony Flowers
Publisher: Walker Books, $15.99
Publication Date: 7 June 2023
For ages: 9+
Type: Junior Fiction