Author(s): Susan Brocker
Ben's mother is dead, his father in jail, and his older brother is heading off the rails at a million kilometres an hour. The social worker is fast running out of options, when the boys' aunt and uncle reluctantly agree to take them in. Just as well: they were the last on her list. Ben's uncle has bought a guard dog from a man at the pub, but she's useless - afraid of loud voices and frightened of her own shadow - and he's decided to have her put down. Ben and the unwanted dog recognize each other for what they are - damaged goods - and find some comfort and companionship together, which slowly grows into love and trust. That love will be needed when Ben's brother gets into seriously bad trouble, and Ben's trust in his dog is put to the ultimate test. For boys and girls alike, aged 12 - 14.
Shortlisted for Storylines Notable New Zealand Books: Young Adult Fiction 2010.
Susan Brocker lives with her husband and foster daughters on a small farm near Tauranga. While she has written many books for children, these have been mainly for the American book market. Restless Sprit was her first novel for Kiwi kids; Saving Sam is her second.