When Tim finds an abandoned little dog outside his house, he can't just leave him there, even though his parents hate the idea of pets in their house.
But it turns out that this is no mere homeless pooch - he's Grk, the missing pet of the ambassador of Stanislavia. Tim wants to reunite them, but it means that he will become embroiled in the dangerous politics of a secretive Eastern European country. It's not long before Tim finds himself breaking into a high-security prison, flying a helicopter, and making a nail-biting race for the border - all for the love of a very special dog.

Shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award.


Josh Lacey is the author of many books for children including The Island of Thieves, Bearkeeper, The Dragonsitter and the Grk series. He has worked as a journalist and written one book for adults, God is Brazilian. His first book for children, A Dog Called Grk, was shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award. Josh lives in London with his wife and daughters.


Touching, crazy and smart . . . If your children are too young for Horowitz’s teenaged spy series, this is a good alternative

The Times

By turns lightly comic and cinematically adventurous, the plot zips along nicely with tongue firmly in cheek


A high-octane plot, filled with action, suspense and humour, along with an element of dark political seriousness, combine to create a hugely entertaining read


A really great story for all who long for adventure

Northern Echo

The benefits of being a computer nerd are aptly demonstrated. Tim pilots a helicopter accompanied by GRK (brave, generous and foolish in Stanislavian) to rescue his owners, Max and Natascha, after a coup by evil Colonel Zinfandel

Financial Times

A friendship and a story guaranteed to keep you glued to your chair

Wanstead and Woodford Guardian

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