By: Renae Hayward
Published: September 2013
ISBN: 9781922077547


When Alex finds a cute dog for the charity Pet Parade, he thinks he’s set. But he finds himself dealing with a scrabble-playing, calculating pooch with a vicious competitive streak.

Can Alex control his cunning canine before he sends everyone barking mad?


Alex finds a dog on the way home from school - just when he needs one. The dog is extremely intelligent but also very naughty. Alex can't tell anyone, except his best mate Mitch, about the dog that's ruining his life because nobody would believe him.

When Alex’s teacher fails one of his assignments, the dog decides that it’s payback time. But this backfires when the teacher realises that the dog belongs to Alex. So the dog hires an actor to get Alex out of trouble and they all live happily ever after - with the dog studying calculus online.

It is always great to read new Australian authors (particularly new Australian children’s and young adult authors) and Renae Hayward, the winner of the Ray Koppe Young Writers Residency in 2011, doesn’t disappoint.

A very funny, easy to read story, and the latest in the Lightning Strikes series, this book is best suited to middle to upper primary students.

This book was included in our September 2013 Primary Fiction Standing Order selection.

Reviewed by Paul