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Walker: the Boy who Can Talk to Dogs introduces 10-year-old Walker, who wants nothing more than a dog, but his mother is allergic. So he decides to set up his own business walking everyone else’s.
This works better than he could have imagined when he finds he can talk to the dogs and understand what they say to him!
The dogs lead him to a terrible puppy farm hidden in the wood by Arlington Wherewithall, a famous TV star and owner of a pet food company, the richest man in their area. He knows nobody will believe him, so it is down to Walker and the dogs to stop the farm and save the puppies.
Walker: The Mystery of the Missing Millions contains a thrilling new case for Walker – after crooked billionaire Arlington Wherewithal goes to prison, his wife asks Walker to keep looking after his dogs.
Walker finds out a gang is trying to make Jazaminta tell them the hiding place of Arlington’s missing millions. Walker tries to help – but when he gets too close he is kidnapped by the gang!
Can Walker, his friend Anje and the dogs save themselves, stop the crooks and solve the clues to find the money?
Author Shoo Rayner began his career as an illustrator in a garden shed near Machynlleth. He drew for Michael Morpurgo and Rose Impey, but editors kept encouraging him to write.
Many years, and over 175 books later, Shoo, well known for his many fast-paced stories, has been building a worldwide following for his award-winning ‘Learn to draw’ videos for YouTube.
Shoo lives in the Forest of Dean with his wife and three cats. Shoo is also the author and illustrator of the Dragon Gold trilogy.
‘The fur certainly flies in this fast-paced adventure as author and illustrator Shoo Rayner delivers dog-flavoured fun and frantic antics on the road to collaring the thuggish thieves. And with the bonus of a special art lesson at the end of the book, Walker’s adventures look set to run and run.’
Pam Norfolk, Lancashire Post
‘A fast-paced plot peppered with wonderful word-play makes this a story that is so much fun to read! You’ll laugh and gasp and stay on the edge of your seat. Thrilling, funny and absolutely delightful book for young competent readers!’
Mary Esther Judy, FallenStar Stories blog
‘This is a real feel-good story, that is bound to delight young readers.’
5 stars, Toppsta
‘Perfect younger middle-grade adventure: comedy, danger, a mystery to solve, friendship, magic and dogs, illustrated throughout with Shoo’s unmistakable, loveable drawings.’
Read the first chapter of Walker: The Mystery of the Missing Millions here, and access a Walker resource pack here.
For a chance to win a set of both Walker books for your classroom and certificate for the prize winner(s), your pupils need to draw their own dogs, their friend’s dogs, a neighbour’s dog or even their favourite type of dog and share with us from the school’s social media accounts (tag us @fireflypress and use the hashtag #walkerschoolscomp so we definitely see it!) or email email@example.com with “WALKER SCHOOLS COMPETITION” in the subject line. Good luck!
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