We have two new releases which have come into our collection of stories about dogs. The library has novels on lots of other animals as well, but dogs hold a special place in our hearts and in authors’ imaginations.
“The dog who saved the world” by Ross Welford harks (or should I say barks) back to the “Plague dogs” written by Richard Adams who also gave us “Watership Down.” In the “Plague dogs,” two dogs manage to escape the laboratory where they are test subjects and go on the run. In this modern version Georgie befriends a scientist and when a deadly disease threatens every dog in the country it is up to her and her dog Mr Mash to embark on a quest to save them.
Our second book is “A dog’s way home” by W. Bruce Cameron. This book is about to be released as a film and this author has already had Hollywood success with “A dog’s purpose.” In this animal adventure, our hero is a dog named Bella, whose owner Lucas can no longer keep her in the confines of suburbia. He tries to adopt her out with a family in the country but Bella is determined to return to Lucas and so begins a trek across the wilds of Colorado.
Here are some other dog tales from within our Junior Fiction collection which you may like:
|The dog with seven names
|The shop at Hoopers Bend
|Because of Winn-Dixie
|The dog who loved a queen
|When friendship followed me home
||De Bernieres, Louis
||De Bernieres, Louis
|Dog on it : a Chet & Bernie mystery
|Thereby hangs a tail : a Chet & Bernie mystery (Book 2)
|The adventures of Stunt Boy and his amazing wonder dog Blindfold
|Racing in the rain : my life as a dog
The Lion, the witch and the wardrobe was originally inspired by a real event in author C. S. Lewis’s life. During WWII children fled London to the countryside to escape the bombing. Lewis took in a number of these children at his home in Oxford and one of them became fascinated with a wardrobe there, wondering if there was a way out the back of it. This event planted the idea in the author’s mind that would grow and become Narnia. There were many other influences in Narnia, including Christian themes and creatures from Greek Mythology. Lewis was inspired by the writer George MacDonald and also had help from his friend Tolkien. They were both part of a writer’s group called The Inklings.
In 2005 The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe was rebooted as a film, and this group of actors went on to make two other films inspired by books in the series. Critics agreed that these were faithful and well executed recreations of the story.
One of the beautiful things about the books is that they are illustrated. The person responsible, was Pauline Baynes who as well as being an artist worked as a map maker for the Ministry of Defence which may explain why her maps of Narnia were so wonderful. Pauline also worked with Tolkien who is well known for creating his own beautiful drawings for The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.
Ideas for what to read next
If you really loved Narnia and you want to experience more magical fantasy worlds, here are the books in our library we think you would like:
|The Wizard of OZ
||L Frank Baum
|The looking glass wars
|The House with a clock in its walls
|Alice in Wonderland
|The Neverending Story
|A Wizard of Earthsea
||Ursula K Le Guin
|The Trylle Trilogy
|The Dalemark Quartet
||Dianna Wynn Jones
|The old kingdom chronicles
|The silver door
|The Raven boys
||J. R. R. Tolkien
This week is Library Lovers’ Week and as well as offering competitions and art activities, we are also holding our first MSM READS for the year. Every week the Library releases a list called the Library Lover’s List because we love reading all year round! Unfortunately, there are no romance books on this week’s list but there are two titles that include the word heart.
If you were a fan of “The Dragon with the chocolate heart” then you will be overjoyed to read “The Girl with the dragon heart.” Silke has the gift of the gab and has always been able to spin stories. We follow her adventures filled with dragons, fairies and chocolate creators. Silke is determined to save her lost parents and tell her own story.
Our second highlighted book, “Every heart a doorway” by Seanan McGuire is another fantasy romp. We have all at one time or another followed the adventures of ordinary children into fantasy lands like Narnia and OZ, but have you ever wondered what it is like for those children when they return? This story is about this exact conundrum. We follow the adventures of Nancy and her friends who all live in a madcap orphanage for the recently returned. To spice up this tale further there is a murderer among them!
If you are still hungry for more Library Lovers’ Week activities then perhaps you would like to enter ALIA’s flash fiction writing competition.
The story can be about anything. It just has to start with the writing prompt ‘there was love to be found in the library.’ The word limit is 200 words.
Submissions should be sent through in a word or basic text document in a standard font and size and are open to everyone. They are due by 5:00 pm on February 21.
Please email entries to firstname.lastname@example.org