August 2011, Red Fox
102 pages, Paperback (& ebook)
Themes: parents divorcing, step-families, life changes, friends moving away, four legged addition to the family, learning to find a voice, a lot of humour, a few tissues needed
Summary from Random House Children's Books
Anna's missing her friend, Sophie, who's moved away...but when Mum suggests getting a new doggy companion from Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, Anna knows she won't be lonely for long! Alfie, the adorable border terrier puppy, is Anna's perfect match - he's a quiet pup who can't bark, but he makes up for it by having a very waggy tail!
Anna and Alfie soon become best friends, but some bad news from school puts a stop to their fun. A scary speech day is shy Anna's worst nightmare. Will Alfie be able to find his voice - and help Anna find hers too?
This book made me cry in several places. I think it's because I related to a lot of issues Anna went through - being shy is so hard, especially if you can't near your closest friend all the time. All the feelings surrounded with divorce, and major changes are touched upon in Anna's story, with lots of humour in between. This gets 10/10 from me.
Check out other books in the Battersea Dogs & Cats Home series, Buddy & Holly's Story which is winter themed.