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Soldier Dog

4.07  ·  Rating Details ·  507 Ratings  ·  125 Reviews
With his older brother gone to fight in the Great War, and his father prone to sudden rages, 14-year-old Stanley devotes himself to taking care of the family's greyhound and puppies. Until the morning Stanley wakes to find the puppies gone.

Determined to find his brother, Stanley runs away to join an increasingly desperate army. Assigned to the experimental War Dog School,
Paperback, 272 pages
Published June 3rd 2014 by Square Fish (first published 2012)
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Apr 13, 2013 Jules rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The best novel I've read in ages! If you love dogs this is the book for you. Please don't be put off by the war theme. I have no real interest in war books, and chose it solely because of the dog theme.

I read it over 3 nights, as I found it very hard to put down, and cried at least twice each night. It left me loving my own dogs even more. Even though I read this a few months ago, I still regularly think about this book and how it affected me emotionally. This book will stay with me forever, an
Aug 24, 2014 Shirley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I immensely disliked the actions of Stanley's father as the book began. Despite the fact that Da was grieving, I found his actions unforgivable.

I am not fond of war stories and am repulsed by the violence and death.

I am extremely disturbed by cruelty toward animals. The military treatment of animals is an affront to the value of life. The use of horses in the story was reminiscent of the descriptions found in War Horse by Michael Morpurgo.

Despite the content of the book which I am sure accura
Katy Noyes
Oct 14, 2013 Katy Noyes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't know why I kept bypassing this on the library shelf, but I was persuaded I needed to read this and I gave in. I listened to the audio version and recommend this as a great edition with a clear and appropriate voice, and an easy story to follow by ear.

I loved this. Very much in the vein of Michael Morpurgo (with obvious similarities to War Horse in this case), it's a three-tissue (if not more) affair, that brings home the issues of animals used in wartime within the moving story of a fami
Dec 18, 2012 Megs rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was very apprehensive to start this one for the same reasons that I've never seen War Horse. I'm a huge animal lover and I hate thinking of them being hurt even a little bit, let alone going through the horrors of war. But, I gathered up my courage and read this one anyway. And it was every bit as sad as I expected, but also more interesting than I expected.

This is one of those books you need to read beside a box of tissues. I kept a personal "cry counter" on this one and I believe my final ta
Aug 31, 2013 Claire rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bookclub
Oh my goodness, where do I start? This is quite simply the best book I have read in a long while. Although recommended to me ages ago, I've only just got round to reading this, as it's one of the two books I'll read this month for the bookclub I'm a member of.

I'll admit that I was initially a bit put off this book by the front cover picture and description on the back cover, as I'm not very interested in books about war and fighting. However, although it is set during the first world war and a l
Oct 20, 2014 Rosie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A boy goes into war to find his brother not knowing that the two dogs he trains one dies in action and one is his dog at home sons not knowing that Stanley loses his sight
Sep 09, 2014 Chiara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recensito su ChiaraLeggeTroppo.

Parto sempre un po’ prevenuta e molto molto molto spaventata, quando si tratta di libri per cani. L’averne uno, ma soprattutto l’aver imboccato un determinato percorso assieme a lei, mi ha portata ad abbracciare la cultura cinofila con assoluta radicalità e il mio sguardo si è fatto esageratamente critico nei confronti di qualsiasi cosa possa anche solo accennare una parvenza di ignoranza sulla materia. Mi rifiuto categoricamente di leggere un libro che, per quanto
Larissa Benevides
Soldier - Sam Angus

"Bones assumiu sua coragem, seu senso de honra como sendo dele próprio. Ele sempre será verdadeiro, leal e corajoso; até a última batida do seu coração ele dará - e disso eu não tenho dúvida - a própria vida por você. Seja o que for que esteja esperando por vocês dois, lembre-se de que para Bones você é toda a vida dele."

Sabe aquele livro que desde o começo deixa o seu coração pequenininho, que consegue atingir em cheio seu coração e te leva a sofrer junto com o protagonista?
I was so happy this book didn't end the way I thought it would! I had no idea how important messenger dogs were and that 7,000 of them were killed in WWI. It was a great historical angle for a story, but it was a slow read. I put it down twice to read other books before finishing. While I appreciated the themes of empathy and forgiveness along with the historical approach, it's not a book I would recommend.
I had a lot of feels about this book.

I should start by pointing out that I'm not a fan of animal books, unless they are nonfiction. I don't like reading stories all about animals or from an animals point of view. So, I wasn't very thrilled to see this book on the Battle of the Book List.

I'm not even sure how to explain this book. In short, it's about a boy who escapes his father by running away to war. Even though he's too young they let him join and he is put in the dog messenger unit.

Of all
Dec 25, 2014 Anastasia202 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Soldier Dog by Sam Angus is a very disconsolate yet heart-warming novel which encompasses a WWI history lesson and the adventures of a young boy and dog all in one heart-wrenching and fascinating tale. I always had a box of tissues by my side while reading this book; so the author of it definitely did something right if it was capable of touching my conscience to such extent. This novel shined light on several significant topics; a dog's distinguishing identity, the impacts of grief and finally, ...more
Set against the backdrop of World War I, 13-year old Stanley watches his beloved older brother Tom depart for service and soon joins him after a misunderstanding involving his father, Da.

The family dog runs off and returns pregnant which Da sees as a burden. He threatens to drown the puppies even though Stanley has developed a strong bond with the runt whom he has named Soldier in honor of his brother Tom. When Stanley awakens one morning unable to find Soldier he believes Da has made good on hi
Oct 04, 2012 Sheenin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a great book. I love how the author could describe the feelings of the characters or their environment so vividly. I could picture the whole scene in my mind throughout the whole story, so I enjoyed reading the book very much. At one point of the story, I could feel the grief and sorrow of Stanley that I found myself tearing up while reading that page. This is how well the author had describe the feelings of the characters. Also, I had many questions throughout the book, but I managed to ...more
Tracy Ledoux
Jan 08, 2015 Tracy Ledoux rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I highly recommend this book! Brought tears to my eyes and has a wonderful plot twist (I won't give it away)...During World War I, 13 year old Stanley watches his brother leave for war while he must stay behind with his temperamental father. When his father’s dog, Rocket, becomes pregnant from a stray, Stanley falls in love with one of her pups. Stanley’s father is angry that she had mixed breed dogs and gives away her puppies except for the Stanley’s favorite, Soldier, who he drowns when his ne ...more
Mar 05, 2015 Tim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Soldier Dog by Sam Angus was a great book. This book is a story of a young boy named Stanley who runs from home after his father apparently drowns Stanley's puppy, Soldier. After leaving home, Stanley join the British army to help fight in WWI. In the army, Stanley joined a group of dog-keepers who trained the dogs to carry messages between battalions. This book goes on to be an emotional rollercoaster, at one point your happy the next your depressed, and then next thing you know your happy agai ...more
Mrs. Tongate
Oct 01, 2016 Mrs. Tongate rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A must read for dog lovers! Such a great read to learn about the Messenger Dogs in the First World War. Grab a Kleenex!

*100,000 dogs served in the Great War. Of theses 7,000 dogs were killed.
Page 152 Lt. Colonel Thorne to Stanley, "Remember that all he does, he does for you."

This book came from a story the author heard on the radio. An Airedale named Jack, recruited by the British Army and trained at the War Dog School. The idea of the messenger dog, of his intelligence, great loyalty, and of t
Morgan Mescher
Mar 11, 2015 Morgan Mescher rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book has been one of the best books I have ever read. I would definitely rate this a five. I have never read a book so suspenseful, that I have enjoyed. This book is about a boy named Stanley, who ran away because of the actions his dad had did. Stanley went to the army and became a dog messenger. He later did come home after his dad found him working and showed up with the one thing Stanley thought was dead. This book would be for middle school students who like animals and the war. I woul ...more
Nov 16, 2012 Kirsti rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This had a kind of War Horse vibe going for it, and I never fully fell into the story. Maybe it was the uneasy resemblance to war Horse that made me feel that way, but I'm not sure. It was good in parts, and I especially felt sorry for Bones. Guessed the ending again, boo. I've got to stop imagining how books end, because I wreck them for myself. Three Stars, although I tossed up between three and four. shame I couldn't like this, I've been looking forward to reading it since purchasing it a few ...more
Deb Tyo
Jun 15, 2014 Deb Tyo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had to take this one slowly due to my pitiful lack of background knowledge on World War I. However, Soldier, Bones, and Pistol (the war dogs) kept me engaged and reading until the very end which did NOT disappoint.

I will gladly hand this novel to my eighth graders in the fall. Vocabulary is challenging, and I don't think I would have handed Soldier Dog to one of my sixth graders last year without support.

This is definitely a Kleenex book--you will want to keep the tissues handy while reading
Caleb Kupferschmid
One of the best books I have ever read.
Oct 10, 2012 Victoria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-books
I cried my eyes out - a truly beautiful story that is stunningly written. Every one should read this amazing novel.
This book was good but sad
Jun 12, 2015 Suzanne marked it as wish-list  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cody
Cody's (10) is reading this now, he likes it. I will read it next.
Aug 27, 2013 LJ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Charlotte Aitken
Brilliant! Everyone should read this book!
If you're not interested in war stories don't worry this is a story about true loyalty and devotion. If you love dogs read this with a tissue handy!
Alex Baugh
It is May 1917, the war is still raging in France, but Stanley Ryder, 13, is in big trouble back home in Lancashire, England. Things between him and his Da haven't been very good since him mother's death and favored older brother Tom enlisted in army help win the war. Now, Stanley has let his father's prized greyhound, Rocket, out and the dog is missing and in heat.

When the mixed breed puppies are born, the is a runt among that is about to die, but Stanley saves him and named him Soldier after
Jul 25, 2013 Karen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone!
Recommended to Karen by: Hong Kong Interschool Battle of the Books 2013
This story, set in England during the WWI, is about a fourteen-year-old Stanley, who is an animal lover. When Da, his father, threatens to drown the new litter of dogs, he is angry. They sell most of the dogs except one special dog called Soldier, and one morning, Stanley finds that the dog he loves most, Soldier, is nowhere to be found. Stanley’s instincts told him that Da drowned him. Stanley then runs off to enroll in the army, where there would be a chance to meet his brother, who is fightin ...more
Kathy Martin
Apr 01, 2013 Kathy Martin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sam Angus centers her story around a little known aspect of World War I. I certainly didn't know that 100,000 dogs assisted the armies on the battlefield in a number of ways. This is the story of a young boy named Stanley Ryder who runs away to enlist and finds himself working with those dogs.

Stanley had been living with his father who had lost himself in grief when his wife suddenly died and when his older son went off to war. Stanley's Da had turned bitter and angry and took out that anger on
Jan 22, 2014 Angigames rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ci sono dei romanzi a cui non so proprio resistere, sono quei tipi di romanzi che hanno come protagonisti gli animali e quel rapporto speciale che riescono a creare con alcuni uomini.
Questo tipo di storie mi entrano sempre nel cuore e non ne escono più! Perciò, come dire di no alla meravigliosa avventura del 14enne Stanley e del suo compagno a quattro zampe Soldier?
È il 1917 e Stanley ha perso tutto: la madre portata via dalla malattia, il fratello maggiore, Tom, che si è arruolato in guerra e i
Oct 12, 2013 Becky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is another one of the books I have to read for 'Book Day' at work. I have to admit I wasn't really looking forward to this one, I tend to read to escape the real world, I prefer fantasy or dystopian etc. Books like this are just a little bit too real for me. But I tried to stay open minded, and I have to say that it is very well written and I couldn't help but like Stanley.
Set in 1917 the First World War is in full swing. Stanley's big brother Tom is away fighting in the war and Stanley is
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