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The dog, Ray

The dog, Ray

Coggin, Linda, author

12-year-old Daisy has just died in a car crash. But in a twist of fate, and through a heavenly bureaucratic mistake Daisy ends up, not where she is supposed to be - but in the body of a dog. Daisy may now be inhabiting a dog's body, but inside she is still very much Daisy, and is as bouncy, loyal, positive, energetic as she ever was. Daisy's only thought is to somehow be reunited with her parents, who she knows will be missing her. And this is how she meets Pip, a boy who is homeless and on his own journey, and a lasting, tender and very moving friendship between boy and dog/girl is formed

Book. English. General. Children's stories. Fiction 9+.
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Published London: Hot Key Books, 2016
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Details

Statement of responsibility: Linda Coggin
ISBN: 1471403203, 9781471403200
Intended audience: 12+. Juvenile.
Note: Originally published: 2015.
Physical Description: 196 pages ; 20 cm

Author note

Linda Coggin taught horse riding in the West Indies before studying mime in Paris and Czechoslovakia. Forming a small theatre company, they played the fringe theatres and the alternative cabaret circuits of Europe. She appeared in Ken Russell's film GOTHIC as the mechanical doll. She worked as an actor for several years and presented The Home Show for Thames Television.

Linda writes and performs her own poetry; her poetry collection titled DOG DAYS has been published, as has her highly commended debut novel THE BOY WITH THE TIGER'S HEART. She lives in Wiltshire with her family and numerous animals. Follow Linda at www.lindacogsblog.blogspot.co.uk.

Reviews

The Dog, Ray, being a children's book, is very easy to read. The story flows well, and it has a surprisingly fast pace for a children's book. It has enough drama to get your heart racing, but nothing that would greatly distress a young reader. The story is touching, and you'll find yourself rooting for both pip and Daisy to get their happy ending.
Famous in Japan||Winner of The Hull James Reckitt Children's Book Award
Hull Libraries||A haunting and hopeful story
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Back cover copy

'WHEN MY DEATH CAME IT WAS SWIFT. SWIFT AS A RACING HORSE'

Daisy has just been involved in a car crash and is now in some kind of heavenly waiting room. But even heaven makes mistakes sometimes, and Daisy accidentally gets a new life- as a dog!

Daisy as a dog is just like she was as a girl: bouncy, loyal, positive, energetic... and she is determined to find her way back home. If she can only get the hang of this 'being a dog' thing...

A gloriously warm and moving story about love, grief, family and friendship.