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

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

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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62 Comments

  1. iain maciver
    July 3, 2015 / 10:24 am

    huskies

  2. aaron broad
    July 3, 2015 / 12:12 pm

    I like Dachshund

  3. laura banks
    July 3, 2015 / 8:08 pm

    springer spaniel

  4. July 3, 2015 / 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!

  5. July 3, 2015 / 9:46 pm

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

  6. July 3, 2015 / 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.

  7. Laura Pritchard
    July 4, 2015 / 3:28 pm

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

  8. Paula Readings
    July 4, 2015 / 6:52 pm

    Yorkshire Terrier

  9. claire woods
    July 4, 2015 / 7:36 pm

    labrador

  10. Karl Borowy
    July 4, 2015 / 9:41 pm

    huskey

  11. July 4, 2015 / 10:29 pm

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

  12. Lynsey Buchanan
    July 4, 2015 / 10:45 pm

    Jack Russell

  13. Michelle
    July 5, 2015 / 10:55 am

    It sounds like a lovely book 🙂 xx

  14. July 5, 2015 / 1:55 pm

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

  15. July 5, 2015 / 4:19 pm

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

  16. Chris Andrews
    July 5, 2015 / 5:11 pm

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

  17. Michelle Banks
    July 5, 2015 / 5:58 pm

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

  18. sharon williams
    July 5, 2015 / 6:09 pm

    I love alsations and german shepherds

  19. July 6, 2015 / 9:01 am

    Irish water spaniel

  20. July 6, 2015 / 10:22 am

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

  21. Sarah Parkin
    July 7, 2015 / 1:29 pm

    Jack Russell

  22. kim plant
    July 9, 2015 / 11:17 am

    pugs 🙂

  23. July 9, 2015 / 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

  24. aj
    July 9, 2015 / 8:50 pm

    Labradour

  25. Christine Caple
    July 11, 2015 / 4:51 pm

    Jack Russell

  26. caroline walliss
    July 12, 2015 / 5:47 am

    Beagle.x

  27. leanne weir
    July 12, 2015 / 7:11 am

    springer spaniel

  28. Pamela Gossage
    July 12, 2015 / 7:29 am

    I love Airedale terriers

  29. Sarah Robinson
    July 12, 2015 / 8:56 am

    Golden Retriever

  30. claire blaney
    July 12, 2015 / 9:12 am

    bernese mountain dog

  31. Elizabeth Hinds
    July 12, 2015 / 9:25 am

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

  32. Stacey C
    July 12, 2015 / 9:59 am

    Cavalier King Charles Spaniel 🙂 xx

  33. Jennifer I
    July 12, 2015 / 10:10 am

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

  34. Amanda Hart
    July 12, 2015 / 12:23 pm

    sausage dog

  35. Laura Asplin
    July 12, 2015 / 5:18 pm

    Golden Retreiver

  36. Ms Suan Watts
    July 12, 2015 / 5:58 pm

    Spaniel

  37. July 12, 2015 / 6:39 pm

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

  38. Tammy Tudor
    July 13, 2015 / 12:53 pm

    Golden Retriever

  39. helen tovell
    July 13, 2015 / 3:18 pm

    poodle

  40. katie w
    July 14, 2015 / 9:56 pm

    German Shepard

  41. Jo Glasspool
    July 14, 2015 / 10:53 pm

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

  42. zoe somerfield
    July 15, 2015 / 7:02 am

    A heinz 57 or as most people say a mongrel.

  43. Sarah Parker
    July 15, 2015 / 1:49 pm

    poodle 🙂

  44. Helen Allan
    July 15, 2015 / 6:39 pm

    Labrador.

  45. Lisa Wilkinson
    July 15, 2015 / 8:35 pm

    Golden Retriever

  46. Emily Jayne Phipps
    July 15, 2015 / 8:49 pm

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

  47. emma kinsey
    July 16, 2015 / 9:06 am

    pugs

  48. Diana
    July 16, 2015 / 9:08 am

    Newfoundland 🙂

  49. Kirsty Sparks
    July 16, 2015 / 9:35 am

    Damations 🙂

  50. Keith Hunt
    July 16, 2015 / 1:10 pm

    Basset Hounds

  51. Sharon Herbert
    July 16, 2015 / 2:20 pm

    I love Red Setters x

  52. pauline black
    July 16, 2015 / 5:19 pm

    Jack russel

  53. Victoria Prince
    July 16, 2015 / 5:45 pm

    Papillon 🙂 Who couldn’t love the ears!

  54. Sarah Wyatt
    July 16, 2015 / 8:17 pm

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

  55. Natalie Crossan
    July 16, 2015 / 10:19 pm

    Poodles 🙂

  56. Monika S
    July 16, 2015 / 10:41 pm

    Alaskan Malamute

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