Tim Willocks offers his first tale for young adults, an allegorical examination of human life through a dog's eyes, infused with heart, heroism, and the mysteries of the spirit.
Furgul is a puppy born in a slave camp for racing greyhounds. But he has a terrible secret - he is only part greyhound. When the cruel owner of the camp recognises Furgul's impure origins he takes him to be killed, but Furgul manages a spectacular escape. Now Furgul must confront the indifference, complexity, and ferocity of the greater world, a world in which there seems to be two choices: live the comfortable life of a pet and sacrifice freedom; or live the life of a free dog, glorious but also dangerous, because every man will turn his hand against you.
“Doglands is one of those epic tales of animal courage and adventure, which, like Black Beauty and Watership Down, may change the way we see a species or breed. Anyone with a dog should read this gripping and remarkable story.”
“I was completely bowled over by this magnificent novel.”
Random Acts of Reading
“Furgal's flight from cruelty and his epic journey to find freedom is a powerfully captured in this stirring story which is not for the faint hearted. A gripping adventure.”
Julia Eccleshare, LoveReading4Kids
“Chosen as a Spring 2012 Teen Fiction Highlight”
“This is a thrilling story... and it will provide readers, especially animal-lovers, with a lot of pleasure.”
“Powerful opening prose draws you in to this story of a dog in a quest to find freedom.”
The School Librarian
“A kind of Gladiator for dogs . . . will particularly appeal to boys of nine and older.”