I love this book so much! I’m a big softie when it comes to pets and I wasn’t sure I could put myself through it after reading the synopsis, but I am so glad I did! Digger and Me shines a light on blended families, loving step-parents but most of all, it’s a love letter to all the wonderful teachers out there that literally change lives every single day.
‘The new teacher wants us to write poetry. What we like, what we don’t, what we’ll share, what we won’t. I like my dog Digger.’
James can tell you plenty of things he doesn’t like – that his dad doesn’t have time for bike rides with him any more & his mum’s boyfriend always wants to watch the football. The list of things he likes is shorter but he knows exactly where to start; Digger, his dog and best friend. He’s the glue that holds the two halves of James’s life together.
So when James finds a lump on Digger’s leg, everything changes. Digger is the one he can talk to about anything. But when it’s Digger he needs to talk about, where can he turn?
In the final weeks of Year 6, supply teacher Mr Froggart, tasked with taming a somewhat unruly and unwanted class encourages the children to write. Through his patience and poetry prompts, James and his classmates find a new way of expressing themselves. The words flow without boundaries, as did my tears at times.
This is such a relatable book in so many ways – family, friendship and the unconditional love we have for the fur Babies in our lives.
This did not feel like a debut at all! With notes of I Cosmo and Jaqueline Wilson, Ros Roberts has asserted herself as a stunning new voice in Middle Grade fiction.
About the Author
Ros Roberts grew up when phones were attached to the wall by wiggly wires and music was taped on to cassettes.
Amazing teachers encouraged her love of writing, setting her daily challenges to create poems to read to the class. She became a teacher herself; in her own classroom, free writing was a daily necessity and she felt privileged to watch the children’s progress when words flowed without boundaries.
Ros loves the rain, eating brunch, tennis and TV. She loves dogs too – Texi, their beautiful Bernese mountain dog, inspired her debut book DIGGER AND ME. Ros and her family have enjoyed living abroad in Vancouver, B.C. and Austin, Texas, but she is very happy and proud to be back living with her husband and three sons in the north of England, where her roots lie.
Digger and Me is published by Little Tiger on 13th May 2021
With thanks to Little Tiger Books for my advanced copy.