McTavish on the Move


McTavish has a big job on his paws. Pa Peachey is ‘as happy as a tree’ for he has been offered a new job. Unfortunately it means moving to ‘a different place.‘ While the different place does not affect Ollie and Ava as much, it means Betty must start at a new school. She is devastated. ‘I don’t want to change school. I love my school’. 

As readers of this wonderful series are aware, when Betty is unhappy, McTavish is unhappy. What happens when the new home the Peachey family chance upon is perfect? It has a private clubhouse for Betty too! Yet, even this feature cannot quell Betty’s fears and sadness. Furthermore, it seems like the rest of the family, other than McTavish, overlook her feelings as their excitement builds. What can this heroic little dog summon up to rescue the situation? How can school become something about which Betty is happy, where friendships are formed?

Meg Rosoff’s McTavish is the character that every family needs. We love his stories of life with the Peachey family, his understanding that  ‘if only dogs could speak they’d tell humans to stop being so foolish.’  Bookwagon welcomes ‘McTavish on the Move’. 


McTavish on the Move

Meg Rosoff

(Barrington Stoke)

‘McTavish on the Move’ is not such a stretch of the imagination. After all, McTavish is the little dog with the huge job of keeping the Peachey family in order and Betty happy. However this visit to the Peachey family opens strangely for it seems as though Pa Peachey is happy. Unexpectedly, he has been offered a new job which means the family must move home. Pa is beside himself with joy. Ma and the children are perturbed for it seems like Pa has ‘forgotten his reputation as the world’s crankiest man‘. What are the family to do? Furthermore, where does Pa intend them to go?
While Pa and Ma and Ava and Ollie are rather more open-minded, if troubled, by this turn of events, Betty is traumatised. She says, ‘I love this house. I’ve lived here since I was born. In fact, I’ve lived here sine before I was born.‘ Additionally, Betty is petrified of moving school. ‘It has taken many years of careful study to get the measure of my school.’ 
As ever, McTavish is wise to his family’s fears. He considers, ‘I shall have to be very careful about this house-moving business… the usual order of the Peachey family has been thrown into terrible chaos’. 
Each outing by the Peachey family is a triumph. Furthermore, after our last outing, in McTavish Takes the Biscuit we are ready for more. What strategies will be employed by ‘McTavish on the Move’? 

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