D-Day Dog


Jack is eager to go on the school trip to the D-Day landing beaches. He wants to learn more about the heroes he admires – brave men like his dad, a Reserve soldier. When his dad is called to action things at home become difficult and everything Jack believes about war is undermined.  Jack is comforted by his loyal dog Finn, and his school friends.  Then he learns of the heart-wrenching true story of one particular D-Day paratrooper. On D-Day, Emile Corteil was parachuted into France like thousands of other paratroopers, but Emile has with him his dog, Glen.  Jack is determined to discover their fate and in so doing he learns some important lessons….

D-Day Dog’is another excellent story by Tom Palmer, a brilliant historic investigation but also full of very real characters and contemporary resonance.  We recommend this wonderful title to Bookwagon readers.

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D-Day Dog

Tom Palmer

(Barrington Stoke)

Can a deepening interest in the D-Day landings distract Jack from his problems at home? He is so looking forward to his school trip to the landing beaches in France. Through his close relationship with his dog Finn, Jack is drawn towards the story of one of the paratroopers who was part of the invasion force on the day.  Emile Corteil parachuted into France with his sniffer dog, Glen. What happened to Emile and his dog on the day and in the subsequent battles as the allied troops danced?  Can Jack discover their fates and find meaning in his own life?
D-Day Dog is an amazing exploration of war, both past and present.  It deals with difficult questions about why soldiers choose to fight and die. Stories from World War 2, the Falklands and the Syrian conflict in Syria are also woven together in this moving and impactful story.
Readers may want to check out other Tom Palmer novels that deal with the Second World War, such as Resist and Arctic Star.
What’s more, Tom’s novel was voted the overall winner at the 2020 Children’s Book Awards, run by the Federation of Children’s Book Groups.  Over 100,000 children nominate, longlist, shortlist and choose the winners of this award.


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