Book Details

  • Title: Dogs of the Deadlands
  • Author: Anthony McGowan
  • Genre: Children’s Dog Books
  • Publication Date: 13 September 2022
  • ISBN or ASIN: 086154319X
  • Number of Pages: 320
  • Minimum Audience Age: 10


Chernobyl, 1986. How will dogs manage to stay alive in the absence of humans?

As people tried to escape the nuclear tragedy, they were compelled to abandon their animals as they ran. In the absence of humans, wildlife such as lynx, bears, and wolves started to populate the woods that surrounded the power station. However, dogs are not permitted in the thicket since it is too overgrown. Will Zoya and her pups Misha and Bratan be able to make it through their ordeal in the wastelands? And will Zoya ever be reunited with the one who cherished her so much?

About the author

Anthony McGowan is one of the young adult and children’s authors who received the highest praise in the United Kingdom. His writing has been recognised with a plethora of prestigious accolades. He was presented with the CILIP Carnegie Medal for Lark in the year 2020. Additionally, he was a finalist for the Carnegie Medal with his novel Rook, and he was the recipient of the Booktrust Teenage Prize as well as the Catalyst Award for his work on Henry Tumour. In 2014, his young adult novel The Knife That Killed Me was adapted into a film that was universally praised by critics. Anthony, his wife, two children, and their dog all make their home in London.

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One thought on “Featured Book: “Dogs of the Deadlands” by Anthony McGowan”
  1. I don’t know a single kid who wouldn’t get totally invested in a story that has dogs as main characters. Including my almost-40-year-old husband 😛 So I can definitely see why this author is so succesful!