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Runt

By: Craig Silvey
Narrated by: Genevieve Hegney
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Publisher's Summary

A heart-warming, funny, beautifully told story for listeners of all ages from the bestselling author of Jasper Jones and Honeybee.

"You don't have to carry the weight of the world in your tool belt."

Annie Shearer likes to fix things. She lives in the country town of Upson Downs with her best friend, an adopted stray dog called Runt. The two share a very special bond.

After years evading capture, Runt is remarkably fast and agile, perfect for herding runaway sheep. But when greedy local landowner Earl Robert-Barren puts her family's home at risk, Annie directs Runt's extraordinary talents towards a different pursuit—winning the Agility Course Grand Championship at the lucrative Krumpets Dog Show in London.

However, two things stand in her way.

There is Fergus Fink, a vain and villainous dog handler determined to prevent Annie from upstaging him.

And a curious predicament: Runt will only obey Annie's commands if nobody else is watching.

Though she's used to fixing problems on her own, Annie enlists the help of her quirky family. There's Susie, her vibrantly fashionable mother, who is the worst baker in the nation. Her father, Bryan, who inherited the family farm and has a hidden passion for flower cultivation. Her teenage brother Max, an aspiring daredevil. And her grandmother Dolly, a one time champion sportswoman who, years after the death of her husband Wally, is now looking for love. Each make sacrifices and employ their own unique skills to get Annie and Runt to London.

With all eyes on them, Annie and Runt must beat the odds and the fastest dogs in the world to save her farm.

Runt is a heartwarming and hilarious tale of kindness, friendship, hurdles, hoops, tunnels, see-saws, and, above all, being yourself and bringing out the best in others.

©2022 Craig Silvey (P)2022 W. F. Howes Ltd

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great read.

RUNT is one off the most enjoyable storeys in my reading experience.
loved it
MORE PLEASE

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Fabulous

Persistence resilience love
Carry’s a beautiful message in its characters
Enjoyed immensely
Highly recommend to young and old

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Amazing

I just loved this book! I especially enjoyed the character Annie and she was just a little bit different. And I liked how there was someone greedy who just wanted everything for themselves.

Tilly, 8 years old

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Awesome

Beautiful story - lots of lessons to live by.
Very talented narrator- kept myself and my family engaged and entertained.

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Loved this. Great story and very well read!

What a treat to hear another beautiful offering from the pen of award winning Craig Silvey. And I commend Genevieve Hegney on an exceptional reading of it.

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Fantastic book for all ages

We listened in the car as we drove around Australia, we were hooked from the start. The narration is excellent, very engaging. A top Aussie book!

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The whole family loved it

Highly recommend, the author is a master story teller. My kids - 6&8 were riveted and we enjoyed listening too. Great for a car trip

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If happiness was a book…

I’ve bought this book for all of my nieces and nephews (and also with my parents and siblings in mind!). I smiled the whole way through. It’s so reminiscent of the authors I loved as a kid - from Roald Dahl to Paul Jennings and Morris Gleitzman. It took me back and I loved it.

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Love Runt

Craig Silvey delivers another gorgeous read filled with heartwarming characters.
Definitely recommend this one for sure. 💙💙💙

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Gorgeous!

Listened with my kids, gorgeous story for all ages and very well performed. Definitely recommend.

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