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Children's Nonfiction Dogs

Top Dogs

True Stories of Canines that Made History

by (author) Elizabeth MacLeod

Publisher
Annick Press
Initial publish date
Mar 2017
Category
Dogs, General, General
Recommended Age
9 to 12
Recommended Grade
4 to 7
Recommended Reading age
9 to 12
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781554519064
    Publish Date
    Mar 2017
    List Price
    $14.95
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9781554519071
    Publish Date
    Mar 2017
    List Price
    $19.95
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781554519095
    Publish Date
    May 2017
    List Price
    $12.99

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Description

Calling all dog lovers! History has never been so fascinating as seen from the viewpoint of how dogs helped make it. For the millions of kids who love dogs, this book tells the stories of 8 amazing canines through the ages whose actions influenced the course of history. Author Liz MacLeod’s kid-friendly, narrative style captures the time and place when the events took place as well as the sense of adventure that colors every story. Among the dogs featured are Stubby, a mutt who rescued American soldiers in the trenches of WWI, Buddy, the first seeing-eye-dog in North America, Brandy, a German Shepherd who discovered a bomb aboard a plane, and Seaman, the Newfoundland, who accompanied Lewis and Clark, helping them complete their expedition by protecting them from wild animals and providing them with food. Scattered throughout the book are side bars filled with information about the exploits of many other dogs as well as the history, habits, and characteristics of various breeds.

About the author

Liz is one nosy author, which is why she loves writing non-fiction. She’s very curious about why people do what they do, and likes sharing with kids the amazing facts and secrets that she uncovers.As a kid in Thornhill, Ontario, the idea of being a writer never crossed Liz’s mind—she figured most authors were already dead and they definitely weren’t Canadian. Besides, it was science that interested Liz.But writing was already part of Liz’s life. After dinner on school nights, Liz and her two brothers would trudge up to their rooms, close their doors and start to do their homework—or so their parents thought. A few minutes later, a piece of paper would come sliding under Liz’s door. One of her brothers had drawn a picture, usually of some weird creature.Liz really couldn’t draw (still can’t!), so the only way she could respond was to write a short story, often about a mad scientist or space alien. She would slip the story under her brother’s door and—well, not a lot of homework got done.At university, Liz studied sciences—there was hardly any writing involved at all. But after university, she was hired as an editor at OWL magazine, where she could combine writing and her love of science. But it wasn’t long before Liz had a goal: to write a book. Her first one was about lions and since then she’s written more than fifty others.Royal Murder: The Deadly Intrigue of Ten Sovereigns (2008) is one of her favourite books because royalty has always fascinated Liz. She loved going behind the scenes with monarchs from Cleopatra to Dracula to find out just what they would do to hold onto power or protect their families.Bones Never Lie: How Forensics Helps Solve History’s Mysteries (2013) was the winner of numerous awards, including the Crime Writers of Canada 2014 Arthur Ellis Award in the Juvenile/YA category. Liz’s latest book with Annick Press, Galloping Through History: Incredible True Horse Stories (Spring 2015), combines, once again, her outstanding storytelling skills with her passion for history. This time her love of animals also shines through as she recounts the stories of six horses that changed the way humans live, travel, fight, work, and play.Liz lives in Toronto with her husband, Paul, and their cat Cosimo. While she writes, he is usually sprawled across her desk—often right on the book she needs for research!

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Awards

  • Joint winner, Silver Birch Award, Ontario Library Assocation
  • Nominated, Red Cedar Book Award nomination
  • Joint winner, Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children’s Book Centre

Editorial Reviews

“This rollicking resource is practically paw-fect.”

Booklist, 04/01/17

“A plethora of excellent photographs accompanies the engaging text.”

Kirkus Reviews, 02/01/17

“Easy-to-follow narrative style.”

Canadian Children’s Book News, Summer/17

“Text is accessible and bursting with energy . . . Sure to be a hit.”

School Library Journal, 02/01/17

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