The ANZAC Puppy I did not let myself turn to the back. I really wanted this to be a true story and YES it is. Lucy puts her little puppy by the side of the road with a sign that says "puppy free to a good home". What she does not know is that a young soldier will walk by on his way to war.
Sam picks up the puppy and he makes an important promise to Lucy to bring the puppy back safe and sound. Lucy tells Sam her puppy is called Freda. At first the puppy is small enough to fit inside Sam's pocket but over the coming months we watch her grow as Sam suffers through the awful conditions of trench warfare.
"Trapped in their grimy prison, Sam and Freda shared everything they had; their blankets, their bully beef, biscuits and water - even their fleas!"
Freda gives Sam a reason to survive and someone to love. Finally after weeks have turned into months and months into years the war ends. "Sam was no longer a boy and Freda was no longer a puppy." Sam arrives at Lucy's house but she has changed too, into a beautiful young woman. Can you guess what happens next?
The final pages of this warm book fill in all the historical details about a mascot dog - a Harlequin Great Dane called Freda. With the 100 years anniversary of World War I we are looking for books to share at school and this one is perfect for our younger students.