Publisher's synopsis

A fiercely original verse novel from the ABIA and CBCA award-winning author of The Bone Sparrow.

Be strong. Be fierce. Life is more than a concrete floor.

Scruffity is born into the harsh, grey world of a puppy farm. Taken from his mamma and locked in a concrete cage, what he yearns for most is Family. To belong is The Way of Dog. But no one wants him.

Just as his chances of adoption grow dangerously thin, Scruffity is set free by a boy as unwanted and lonely as he is.

Outside, Scruffity learns all about The Way of Dog – it is to run, to dig, to howl and, biggest of all, to love. But when tragedy strikes, Scruffity is suddenly all alone.

How does a dog find his way home when he never had one to begin with?

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  • Shortlisted, 2023 CBCA Book of the Year: Younger Readers
  • Shortlisted, 2023 Queensland Literary Awards – Children’s Book Award