By: Louis Nowra
Genre: Y - Children's, teenage & educational
Published by: Allen & Unwin
Published: 25 Mar 2015
ISBN: 9781743314821


Black parachutes fall from the sky: young soldiers - and a dog - on a rescue mission in a remote part of Afghanistan.

But the mission ends in chaos, and Mark and Prince embark on a perilous journey through enemy territory.

They depend on each other to survive.

A dramatic and powerful story of war and the bond between a young soldier and a dog, from the acclaimed author of Into That Forest.


Louis Nowra is well known for his novels for senior students, but this will sit perfectly with your Year 8’s and 9’s.

It is a compelling read and quite graphic and brutal at times, but it is very hard to put down.

Set in Afghanistan, as the title suggests, we follow Prince - a bomb detection dog and young soldier Mark when they are left to find their way back to base after a mission goes wrong.

It is an amazing story of human endurance and the will to live. As well as showing the wonderful companionship and loyalty that humans and dogs share.

I thoroughly enjoyed this story, but it is probably best suited to boys Year 8 and up.

Reviewed by Michelle