Sam Angus, author of the book Soldier Dog, came into Rivington and Blackrod High School to talk to year 7 students about her books and in particular her new book called, ‘Captain’. Sam was an inspiration to the students, telling them about how she had been inspired to write through her love of animals.
The visit was arranged to support young people to further develop their motivation to read and their love of literacy. Captain, her most recent book is set in the year 1915 when British troops are about to sail to Gallipoli. Billy is the youngest soldier in his platoon and is teased for not being old enough to drink or shave. The truth is, at 15 he's not old enough to be a soldier either, and he's terrified of the war he's about to fight. Then he meets Captain, a refugee boy, and his donkey, Hey-ho. Together they teach Billy what it means to be brave, loyal and fearless, and above all what it means to be a friend.
Sam told the group about how she had researched the role of messenger dogs during the war before writing about them for her book, 'Soldier Dog'. She held a question and answer section and was quizzed by our students asking questions such as how she got her ideas to write and where and when she wrote her books.
Thank you to Sam, her publishers and Ebb and Flo bookshop in Chorley for making this visit happen. It was thoroughly enjoyed by all.