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The Tomo, by Mary-anne Scott, narrated by Teresa Woodham
Wright Family Foundation Esther Glen Junior Fiction Award 2022 Finalist
"I’m too busy to babysit, so I hope you and that mongrel are up for the job."
Phil, and his father’s beloved heading dog, Blue, have to spend the Christmas break working on a sheep station while Phil’s dad undergoes out-of-town cancer treatment. The station manager, Chopper, isn’t happy having a teenager in his care and certainly not a sheepdog that doesn’t understand his signals. Things start to improve for Phil when Chopper’s step-daughter, Emara arrives back from holiday, but a wayward ram and a poor decision plummets both boy and dog into danger. Phil will need all the strength he’s got to get out alive.
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"Compelling realistic and heart-thumpingly engrossing. A boy and his dog. A family crisis, a sudden wrench, a fearsome ordeal. Classic elements, which Mary-anne Scott fuses into this pacy, authentic story of loss and triumph." - David Hill