Author(s): Linda Coggin
A girl, a dog, a boy, a journey 'When my death came, it was swift. Swift as a racing horse.' Twelve-year-old Daisy has just died in a car crash. But in a twist of fate, and through a heavenly bureaucratic mistake, Daisy ends up not where she is supposed to be - but in the body of a dog. Daisy may now be inhabiting a dog's body, but inside she is still very much Daisy, and is as bouncy, loyal, positive and energetic as she ever was. Daisy's only thought is to somehow be reunited with her parents, whom she knows will be missing her. This is how she meets Pip, a boy who is homeless and on his own journey, and a lasting, tender and very moving friendship between boy and dog/girl is formed.
A girl, a dog, a boy, a journey
The Dog, Ray, being a children's book, is very easy to read. The story flows well, and it has a surprisingly fast pace for a children's book. It has enough drama to get your heart racing, but nothing that would greatly distress a young reader. The story is touching, and you'll find yourself rooting for both pip and Daisy to get their happy ending. Famous in Japan
Linda Coggin taught horse riding in the West Indies before studying mime in Paris and Czechoslovakia. Forming a small theatre company, they played the fringe theatres and the alternative cabaret circuits of Europe. She appeared in Ken Russell's film GOTHIC as the mechanical doll. She worked as an actor for several years and presented The Home Show for Thames Television.Linda writes and performs her own poetry; her poetry collection titled DOG DAYS has been published, as has her highly commended debut novel THE BOY WITH THE TIGER'S HEART. She lives in Wiltshire with her family and numerous animals. Follow Linda at www.lindacogsblog.blogspot.co.uk.