A celebration of community, adventure, kindness and, above all, dogs!

The summer holidays have finally arrived and Scout can’t wait for her adventure in the big rig with Dad. They’re on a mission to deliver donations of dog food to animal rescue shelters right across the state.

There’ll be lots of music, dad-jokes and a brilliant plan that will make sure everyone’s got a friend for the holidays. There might even be a special four-legged friend in it for Scout.

But Scout and her dad get more than they’ve bargained for. It’s bushfire season – and it’s not just the dogs who need rescuing . . .

Winner of Children's Book of the Year category, 2024 Western Australian Premier's Book Awards


Dianne Wolfer lives in Albany, WA and is the proud author of 23 books for teenagers and younger readers, with more titles in production. Her books span genres and have been awarded the WA Premier’s Award, the WA Young Readers Book Award, a Speech Pathology Award and a CBCA Honour Book. Her works have been shortlisted for many other awards and have also been adapted for stage. Dianne has lived in several countries and loves exploring stories from multiple perspectives. Her books reflect a love of travel, adventure and animals, and have been translated into several languages. Dianne completed PhD research into anthropomorphism in children’s literature, which led to two titles and the website www.animalswhotalk.com. She was the WA Advisor for SCBWI from 2006 to 2012 and now serves as Remote Regions Coordinator. Dianne is a bookworm who can’t imagine a day without reading.

Tony Flowers is a scribble-o-holic and international award-winning illustrator. His love for illustration and storytelling spans over 50 books including early reader chapter books and picture books that have sold around the world. Tony fills his drawings with humour and interesting details. His passion for his motorcycle, cars, cats and dogs shows in his drawings, which are often found hiding in the backgrounds of his works.


This is a wonderful book about family, friends and rallying around each other in times of need. Scout and her Dad are wonderful characters, and their relationship is lovely as they both deal with the loss of her mum, and learn that memories are special reminders of the great times you shared. It also has lots of wonderful stories of animals finding new homes as well as the dangers faced by everyone when bushfires rage across the land. This is a story that will be loved by those in upper primary and above, especially those that enjoy animal stories.

Lamont Books

With adventure, peril and lots of paw-some canines, this will go down a storm with animal lovers who, perhaps like Scout, are desperate to get a pooch of their own.

A Word About Books

Scout and The Rescue Dogs is not only about Scout finding homes for a lot of the dogs she meets on their travels, but its also how she and her father find a new way of connecting after her mother’s death. It’s also about the joy of making new friends. This story has harsh summer heat, threatening bushfires, bad dad jokes, and a community of truckers who go out of their way to help when needed. And dogs. Lots of Dogs

Magpies Magazine

An engaging, heart-warming novel



CBCA Book of the Year Awards, Younger Readers
Western Australian Premier's Book Award, Children's Book of the Year
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