Bren MacDibble is no stranger to the CBCA shortlist. In 2018, her novel How to Bee took home the Book Of The Year gong, and I’m not surprised that The Dog Runner is in this year’s shortlist.
MacDibble is a master at creating worlds just out of reach of our reality. (Having said that, living through a pandemic makes me question how far off these scenarios really are…) The narrator, gutsy Ella, and her half-brother Emery with a host of big, strong and loyal canine companions, undertake a perilous journey of survival.
First things first: this is a heart-stopping, fast-paced, roller-coaster of a read, and highly recommended for upper primary students.
That’s a good enough reason to pick it up.
However, as I can’t help myself, the possibilities for library and classroom use are immense.