The Dog Squad: The Newshound

The Dog Squad: The Newshound

By Author / Illustrator

Clara Vulliamy


Mystery & Detective

Age range(s)



HarperCollins Publishers




Paperback / softback




Three budding journalist friends and their faithful hound uncover top local news stories in this delightful new series about family, friends and DOGS! Eva has always wanted to be a journalist, so when she finds a stray dog outside her home, she might just have found her first case. Can she, along with her best friends at the Newshound newspaper, Simone and Ash, find Wafer's real owner? As the trail leads from one dead end to another, Eva realises that she might not want to get to the bottom of the mystery after all - because won't that just mean she just has to give Wafer back?   With non-binary representation within the cast of characters, join Eva and her friends at the Newshound as they solve exciting new mysteries . . .  Author Clara Vulliamy tells us more!



The Dog Squad: The Newshound is the new series from Clara Vulliamy. Eva's day is turned upside down when she rescues a puppy from outside the corner shop, saving it from nearly being run over. Clara takes the puppy home to try and convince her Mum that they should keep him, the only problem being they live in a flat and the landlord doesn't allow pets!

Eva uses her best friends, Ash and Simone, her detective skills and their newspaper to try and solve the mystery of where the puppy came from and why does he not have any owners. Between juggling this and trying to keep Wafer, the new puppy, a whole lot of chaos ensues.

The story touches on some current events, highlighting these for the reader, which I really liked and will also teach these to children. The whole synopsis of the book is a great life lesson for children and can spark some lovely conversations about owning a pet and the commitment it takes. The story is fast-paced and full of action and adventure for the three friends, and would also be great for any budding reporters or animal-loving readers.  I look forward to seeing what happens next for the trio and Wafer….

128 pages / Reviewed by Lauren Maidman, teacher

Suggested Reading Age 7+


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