Love that Dog
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's Books
Jack has a great sadness in his life, but he is not about to share his feelings with anyone, and he is definitely not going to write poetry about it - he's a boy isn't he? However, intrigued by the weekly poems his teacher reads to the class, he tentatively responds.
By writing his poems, Jack begins to explore feelings of anger and loss, as well as joyful recollections of his much-loved dog, Sky. Jack is encouraged to invite his favourite poet to class, and this becomes the turning point in his return to a rich and exciting world of learning and discovery.
This heart-warming, unusually structured story, which includes the poems that the teacher reads to the class, resonates long after the final page.