WIN Puppy Academy: Scout and the Sausage Thief by Gill Lewis

Puppy Academy

Scout is a German Shepherd and one of the brightest canines at Puppy Academy, the school for working dogs. She wants desperately to become a police dog, like her Mum and Dad. Serving the community is important to her; plus, she has a nose for intrigue.

But she’s often misunderstood by her teachers, Major Bones and Professor Offenbach. When sausages start to go missing in her home town, she’s desperate to help find the culprit. But then, things go wrong at school, and people start suspecting her….

Gill Lewis, the writer of the Puppy Academy series, used to be a vet and her love for dogs shows; at the back of Scout and the Sausage Thief is a factfile on German Shepherds, as well as a cute spread on the author’s first dog. With the help of some friendly illustrations by Sarah Horne, Lewis has used canine characters to build a school scenario many human children can relate to. The young pups worry about passing or failing their ‘exams’. They fall out with their friends. The teachers don’t always get the right end of the (doggy) stick, which means the canines sometimes receive a telling-off they don’t deserve.

Scout is hot off the press; it was only released yesterday. It’s the first book in a series, with three other titles (featuring different dogs from the Academy) scheduled for publication over the next few months. I read Scout with my five-year-old son and although the easy language puts it into the ‘beginner chapter book’ category, the ideas are complex enough to keep a young reader stimulated. I imagine it would appeal to most primary school-aged children, up to the age of about 9 or 10. Casting dogs as the main characters helped the book transcend genders, too; my son usually prefers to read books which have boys as the main characters, but he barely seemed to notice that Scout was a girl. Her problems at school were ones that girls and boys could both relate to equally.

We have three copies of Puppy Academy: Scout and the Sausage Thief to give away. To enter just look at the rafflecopter below. You can leave a comment on this post to enter; and , if you like, you can tweet about the giveaway, or follow any of the other instructions. Only the comment is compulsory.

The competition ends at 12am on Friday 17th July, with the winners being announced on Monday 20th. So hopefully your new book will be with you in time for the Summer hols. Good luck!

Puppy Academy

Puppy Academy: Scout and the Sausage Thief, by Gill Lewis, is published by Oxford University Press with a RRP of £4.99. I was given three copies for the purpose of this giveaway. All views are my own.

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  • iain maciver
    July 3, 2015 at 10:24 am


  • aaron broad
    July 3, 2015 at 12:12 pm

    I like Dachshund

  • Chas Gilbert
    July 3, 2015 at 3:30 pm

    KIng Charles Spaniel

  • Jen aka Muminthemadhouse
    July 3, 2015 at 5:18 pm

    I am going to have to say Bichon as that is what our dog Alvin is, but we just love dogs

  • laura banks
    July 3, 2015 at 8:08 pm

    springer spaniel

  • Mums do travel
    July 3, 2015 at 8:19 pm

    This sounds like a great series. I won’t enter the competition because my kids are too old for these books – sadly!

  • Anne
    July 3, 2015 at 9:46 pm

    My little girl is dog crazy and would love this book. Our favourite breed are Huskies.

  • mellissa williams
    July 3, 2015 at 11:03 pm

    This sounds a great read for primary children, when my son was younger he would have loved this book, he loves dogs.

  • Laura Pritchard
    July 4, 2015 at 3:28 pm

    I’m more of a cat person but I love Bichon Frise, they’re so cute & friendly.

  • Paula Readings
    July 4, 2015 at 6:52 pm

    Yorkshire Terrier

  • claire woods
    July 4, 2015 at 7:36 pm


  • Karl Borowy
    July 4, 2015 at 9:41 pm


  • Sarah Bailey
    July 4, 2015 at 10:29 pm

    What a fantastic sounding book! Anything with a dog in it gets my thumbs up though 😉 x

  • Lynsey Buchanan
    July 4, 2015 at 10:45 pm

    Jack Russell

  • Erica Price
    July 5, 2015 at 7:09 am

    Border collie

  • Michelle
    July 5, 2015 at 10:55 am

    It sounds like a lovely book 🙂 xx

  • Ryan Costello
    July 5, 2015 at 1:55 pm

    I love spaniels, but any childrens book based on animals can be fun to read and act out.

  • Rachel
    July 5, 2015 at 4:19 pm

    Ive grown up with Rottweilers and Staffies, so it would be those for me x

  • Chris Andrews
    July 5, 2015 at 5:11 pm

    What is your favourite breed of dog? . . . . . . Great Dane – aka gentle giant

  • Michelle Banks
    July 5, 2015 at 5:58 pm

    we have a Husky, so i would have to say huskies lol

  • sharon williams
    July 5, 2015 at 6:09 pm

    I love alsations and german shepherds

  • Kara
    July 6, 2015 at 9:01 am

    Irish water spaniel

  • Sonya Cisco
    July 6, 2015 at 10:22 am

    Sounds like a great fun read- will remember it in a year or two when Syd is old enough!

  • Sarah Parkin
    July 7, 2015 at 1:29 pm

    Jack Russell

  • kim plant
    July 9, 2015 at 11:17 am

    pugs 🙂

  • liska @NewMumOnline
    July 9, 2015 at 11:43 am

    Oh this book sounds wonderful. I love books that have a hidden message that kids can relate to. Love how this is based in school too. We have The Dog in Stilts which also got through a lot of key points via story. Great review which really gets across the essence of the book. Great to hear there are more to come too xxx

  • aj
    July 9, 2015 at 8:50 pm


  • Ickle Pickle
    July 10, 2015 at 8:02 pm

    Looks like a great book 🙂 Kaz x

  • Christine Caple
    July 11, 2015 at 4:51 pm

    Jack Russell

  • Carolynne @ Mummy Endeavours
    July 11, 2015 at 10:47 pm

    Recently saw a minature poodle which was sooo cute so im going to say that is my favourite!

  • caroline walliss
    July 12, 2015 at 5:47 am


  • leanne weir
    July 12, 2015 at 7:11 am

    springer spaniel

  • Pamela Gossage
    July 12, 2015 at 7:29 am

    I love Airedale terriers

  • Sarah Robinson
    July 12, 2015 at 8:56 am

    Golden Retriever

  • claire blaney
    July 12, 2015 at 9:12 am

    bernese mountain dog

  • Elizabeth Hinds
    July 12, 2015 at 9:25 am

    I love Zuchons – they are the cutest little things I’ve ever seen! 🙂

  • Stacey C
    July 12, 2015 at 9:59 am

    Cavalier King Charles Spaniel 🙂 xx

  • Jennifer I
    July 12, 2015 at 10:10 am

    Malamute. So gentle natured, big and fluffy like a teddy bear.

  • Amanda Hart
    July 12, 2015 at 12:23 pm

    sausage dog

  • Laura Asplin
    July 12, 2015 at 5:18 pm

    Golden Retreiver

  • Ms Suan Watts
    July 12, 2015 at 5:58 pm


  • Globalmouse
    July 12, 2015 at 6:39 pm

    I love husky dogs, they have the most piercing eyes and are just beautiful.

  • Richard Tyler
    July 13, 2015 at 12:52 pm

    Golden Retreiver

  • Tammy Tudor
    July 13, 2015 at 12:53 pm

    Golden Retriever

  • helen tovell
    July 13, 2015 at 3:18 pm


  • katie w
    July 14, 2015 at 9:56 pm

    German Shepard

  • Jo Glasspool
    July 14, 2015 at 10:53 pm

    Shih Tzu’s they are so cute and we have 2

  • zoe somerfield
    July 15, 2015 at 7:02 am

    A heinz 57 or as most people say a mongrel.

  • Sarah Parker
    July 15, 2015 at 1:49 pm

    poodle 🙂

  • Helen Allan
    July 15, 2015 at 6:39 pm


  • Lisa Wilkinson
    July 15, 2015 at 8:35 pm

    Golden Retriever

  • Emily Jayne Phipps
    July 15, 2015 at 8:49 pm

    Bichon Frise (Slightly bias as we have a wonderful one!)

  • emma kinsey
    July 16, 2015 at 9:06 am


  • Diana
    July 16, 2015 at 9:08 am

    Newfoundland 🙂

  • Kirsty Sparks
    July 16, 2015 at 9:35 am

    Damations 🙂

  • Keith Hunt
    July 16, 2015 at 1:10 pm

    Basset Hounds

  • Sharon Herbert
    July 16, 2015 at 2:20 pm

    I love Red Setters x

  • pauline black
    July 16, 2015 at 5:19 pm

    Jack russel

  • Victoria Prince
    July 16, 2015 at 5:45 pm

    Papillon 🙂 Who couldn’t love the ears!

  • Sarah Wyatt
    July 16, 2015 at 8:17 pm

    Whippet – I love all sight hounds but whippets are my favourites.

  • Natalie Crossan
    July 16, 2015 at 10:19 pm

    Poodles 🙂

  • Monika S
    July 16, 2015 at 10:41 pm

    Alaskan Malamute


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