By: Kate Foster
Genre: YFB - General fiction (Children's / Teenage)
Published by: Walker Books
Published: 7 Apr 2021
ISBN: 9781760652661


At home, Alex's best friend is Kevin the cockapoo, although what he wants most of all is a friend at school. But that is harder than he ever expected. A touching story about learning that friendship isn't one size fits all and is often found where you least expect it.

Everything is changing for 11-year-old Alex and, as an autistic person, change can be terrifying. With the first day of high school only a couple of months away, Alex is sure that having a friend by his side will help. So, he's devised a plan – impress the kids at school by winning a trophy at the PAWS Dog Show with his trusty sidekick, Kevin. This should be a walk in the park… right?

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Alex and Kevin are best friends. But Kevin is a dog, and what Alex really needs is a friend at school. Alex is an autistic person, and with high school just around the corner, finding a friend is quickly becoming a priority.

This is a wonderful story of finding friendship in places where you are not really looking. This is a beautifully written book, told from Alex’s perspective of the difficulties he faces and what he does to cope when things overwhelm him.

It has great characters and is a story about friendship, family and dogs that readers will really enjoy.
Whilst Alex is in the final year of primary school, this story will also resonate with those starting out in high school who might be trying to make friends in a new environment.

There are also discussion questions at the back of the book which make this a wonderful book for classroom use as well. Readers in upper primary and lower secondary are going to absolutely love Alex and Kevin.

Reviewed by Michelle