A deeply moving story about an abandoned pup in Afghanistan who touches the lives of two very different people - a girl struggling to get an education in the face of fierce opposition, and an Australian soldier who ultimately gives his life in the service of his country. A companion to My Mother's Eyes, Angel of Kokoda and Vietnam Diary, this story deals with the complexities of the war in Afghanistan in an accessible way, addressing the tragedy of war but ending on a note of hope.
About the Author
Mark Wilson is married father of two, born in Bellshill, Lanarkshire and currently living in Edinburgh with his wife, their son, Patrick and baby daughter, Cara.
Mark left Bellshill Academy in 1991, qualification-free. And worked his way through a huge number of jobs including, window-cleaner, delivery driver, Levi's salesman, microbiologist and cinema usher. Mark returned to full time education nine years later, earning his Highers and a degree in micro-biology before entering teaching.
Mark currently teaches Biology in a Fife secondary school and is founder of Paddy's Daddy Publishing, a company he set up to assist Scottish authors. He writes in his spare time, in lieu of sleep.
As well as the his autobiography, Paddy's Daddy, Mark is the author of three fiction novels. Bobby's Boy, Head Boy and the bestselling Naebody's Hero. His novels have been well received and feature Scottish characters.
Mark has seven other books in progress. Somebody's Hero (sequel to Naebody's Hero), Prophets (an irreverent look at the return of Moses and Jesus), ML4 (a YA time-travel novel), dEaDINBURGH (a YA zombie thriller trilogy set in a quarantined city) and the thriller, The Man Who Sold His Son.
Mark is also co-founder of Paddy's Daddy Publishing.
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Comments about The Afghanistan Pup:
I used this book with my year 6 class (11-12 years old). We had 2 weeks of "ANZAC" books prior to our school holidays. The book sat on the bookstand for days, the kids pestering me to read it to them many times every day. I had to build up my courage. It really impacted on me. Then I finally read it to them. Almost everyone in the class was in tears, me included, even though I'd read it many times to prepared myself. They were moved. The following questions, comments and discussion made me so very proud of my class.
For Ages: 11 - 14 years old
Number Of Pages: 32
Published: 11th March 2014
Publisher: Hachette Australia
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 28.0 x 26.6 x 0.9
Weight (kg): 0.46
Edition Number: 1