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Doglands

Mad HatterDoglands
by Tim Willocks

So far we have received 22 reviews of Doglands. You can read them below.

Yasmin from Year 7, Don Valley Academy and Performing Arts College:

This book is about a champion greyhound called Keeva falling in
love with a fierce wolfhound called Argal. They have a litter,
and he takes off, leaving Keeva with the pups. Keeva names
them Furgal, Brid, Nessa and Eena. The pups grow up and soon
the owner realises they are not greyhounds. So they get taken
away in a cardboard box to die. Furgal knows what is happening
and they try to escape. Brid manages to escape but the others
don't. They get shot at and fall down on to a pile of dead
greyhounds, Furgal and Nessa live, but Eena dies by the shot
and fall. The two of them run for their lives, but Nessa lost
a lot of blood because she broke her leg in the fall. They
find a deep tunnel that takes them down to a crystal cavern
where there is a shallow pond with fish in it. This is where
Nessa dies. The rest of the story is about Furgal trying to
find his Dad and the doglands.

My favourite charcter was Furgal, because he was adventurous
and brave. The thing I didn't like is that it doesn't tell you
what happens to Brid.

I would give this book four stars because it was really good,
but it could have used a bit of information on some of the
characters. Also i would definitely recommend this book
because it was amazing.

Marks out of 10: 9

Charlotte from Year 8, Hayfield School:

This book is amazing. It was sad in parts like when Furgel's
father has to die, but it was still good and there were funny
parts as well as sad parts. I loved every minute of it and was
up all night reading (my mum was not happy about that). You
MUST read it.

Marks out of 10: 10

Elliemay from Year 7, The Laurel Academy, Mexborough:

This story really touched me. How Frugal lost his siblings, and
had been taken away from his mom to be killed, it showed me how
cruel people can be to innocent animals. In some parts it made
me cry,laugh and interst me. you really should read this
book!!!!!

Marks out of 10: 10

jack from Year 5, De Warenne Academy:

wow. i just read straight through it. the fact it was narated
from a dogs point of view gave it a unique twist. amazing.

Marks out of 10: 10

Louise from Year 8, Ash Hill Academy:

I really enjoyed doglands becuase it is about animals. It is
about a dog who has 4 puppies and the first one is her
favourate. Tthe book didnt want me to read on but it was
really really inetresting and it didnt take a long time to
read. I think Tim Willocks should do another book to do with
animals. i would read the book again. When the book was on
the shelf at school i caught my eye with the intresting cover.
My eyes shot strraight to the 3 dogs on the cover. I would rate
the book 9/10 becuase i ussually would be able to want to read
on but i didnt

Marks out of 10: 9

Sophie from Year 7, Don Valley Academy and Performing Arts College:

I like this book because it was rally good for people who want
to know what a dog's life is like. I loved Furgal because he is
the oldest son in his family, a bit like me being oldest
daughter. Plus I like Sheeba because she makes plans and is
really fast and clever like my dog Coco. I gave this book a 9
out of 10 because its a heart warming book and a few sad parts
too.

Marks out of 10: 9

Jennifer from Year 9, Don Valley Academy and Performing Arts College:

The Doglands is an emotional rollercoaster based on a young dog
and his quest for freedom. Whilst reading this, I laughed,
cryed and felt very angry at certain events. It has altered my
perspecive on dogs completely.
Doglands tells the story of a dog called Furgul, who is born
into a Greyhound farm (A horrible one at that) but he isn't a
greyhound and he tries to escape, vowing to come back and free
all of the other dogs.
I think that this book is brilliant, the first / second one
where I actually cried whilst reading because I really felt for
the characters!

Marks out of 10: 10

Christopher from Year 7, De Warenne Academy:

This book is so sad in a way and it has a bit of happiness
inside. Everyone love this book. in the beginning this
greyhound gives birth to some pups. i will give it out of 10
out of 10

Marks out of 10: 10

Emily from Year 6, De Warenne Academy:

this book is realy sad it is about a mother grey hound who live
is a camp for grey hounds. but they babys are not ture breeds
so they need to askape. you will have to read the book to find
out what happens

Marks out of 10: 8

Charlotte W from Year 8, Hayfield School:

This book is lovely with some brilliant characters and
descriptions. I liked the parts in the book where Furgul runs a
Dogline (if you read the book you will know what they are)
because it is very exciting. I think Doglands makes you think
about what dogs are really thinking and makes us wonder whether
dogs would be better off wild and not pets. I did get a bit
bored in the middle of the book, but in the final chapters
there was a lot of excitement and action. My favourite
characters were Dervla and Brennus because they are wise and
brave. I enjoyed this book just as I have loved every book in
these awards that I have read so far.

Marks out of 10: 8

Owen from Year 7, Don Valley Academy and Performing Arts College:

This book is ok. It could be a bit better at the beginning
because it was really hard to get into. At some parts it was
really sad. I could not finish this book because as i said
earlier it was hard to get into.

Marks out of 10: 9

Ben from Year 10, De Warenne Academy:

I liked most aspects of this book. the different adventures
first, they happened a bit too quickly but are good, the book
is intense at a lot of moments and uses the same excuses a few
times. the ending was pretty clever, but could'e been better.
all in all, an exciting read.

Marks out of 10: 7

jack from Year 10, De Warenne Academy:

whoooooooooooooooo! i loved this book. heartpacing much! thi
was so cool. if theres a number 2 i am reading it. it was
amazing. from a dogs point of veiw it gives a new twist to
everything.

Marks out of 10: 10

Charlotte from Year 8, Hayfield School:

Doglands is a really lovely book that is exciting, funny and
sad in places. My favourite part is when Furgul runs the
Doglines ( if you read this book will know what I mean) because
it is very exciting. My favourite characters were Dervla and
Brennus because they were brave and wise. The book really made
you think about the way humans treat dogs and how dogs might
feel in certain situations. I enjoyed this book but near the
middle it got a bit boring. However, the pace soon picked up
and I devoured the book from then to the end.

Marks out of 10: 8

kyara from Year 7, Ash Hill Academy:

I really enjoyed this book.my favirot part was when furgul was
escaping. it really explained what was happening in great
detail i could fell the tension,exitment and nerves.i was
suprised about this book it has definatly changed my opinon on
animal stories i wasnt very fond until i read this.i loved it.

Marks out of 10: 9

Lottie from Year 9, Don Valley Academy and Performing Arts College:

I like the fact the book is getting told from the dogs point of
view, really topped the book the book for me and if it could
get changed I don't think it would need any changes.

Marks out of 10: 7

Aimee buckle from Year 7, Hayfield School:

i liked the start of this book becuase it was intresting and i
loved how it was about lots of dogs but i didnt like the partof
when the dogs werent right for the part and they chuck them in
a it that bit was quite sad but over all quite good.

Marks out of 10: 8

Aimee buckle from Year 7, Hayfield School:

i liked the start of this book becuase it was intresting and i
loved how it was about lots of dogs but i didnt like the partof
when the dogs werent right for the part and they chuck them in
a it that bit was quite sad but over all quite good.

Marks out of 10: 8

Kiely from Year 7, Don Valley Academy and Performing Arts College:

I liked the book Doglands by Tim Willocks because it was
intresting but I disliked the book because it was boring in
some places and it was really hard to get in to. I would
recomend this book to older children because its a hard book
but if you good at reading you might like it. The book is just
about some dogs and the book does not really tell you much
about the dogs.

Marks out of 10: 6

daisey from Year 8, Don Valley Academy and Performing Arts College:

I don't understand y this is not on the shortlist it is a
amazing book! I thought oh a soppy book about dogs this won't
be for me but was i wrong. I read the first two pages and I did
not want to stop I was so indulged i read over 100 pages on the
first day. My favourite character was Argral he was so soft
but bad. I will not say anymore otherwise I will give it away
and I have to say I would give this to anyone old enough to
understand death. It is a sad book it made me cry but in
others i could not sit down from the pure joy this book gave me
. So even though you might think its not for me, I think all
genders and most ages would find this book very interesting
they would neaver let it go back to the school ( i don't want
to return it i know that much !!!!!) ten out off ten love it
!!!!

Marks out of 10: 10

richard from Year 7, Hayfield School:

i think this book is awesome because at the beginning of the
book it is inspiring because furgul wants to be free but furgul
but he does'nt know what FREE ment then his mum {keeva} said
you need to be brave but later on when he got kicked in his
head furgul was in a cage when he woke up and he could'nt
remember what BRAVE ment i like this book you should read
DOGLANDS.

Marks out of 10: 9

Harry from Year 7, Don Valley Academy and Performing Arts College:

It is not as good as the other books that I read but it has
still got some really good bits like chapter 14 the race.

If you like dogs you would like the book.
I still think you should read this book because you would
probably like it, so read it.

Marks out of 10: 6

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