Barking Mad is a humorous, boy versus dog story for middle to upper primary school kids.

When Alex finds a cute dog for the charity Pet Parade, he thinks he’s set. But he finds himself dealing with a scrabble-playing, calculating pooch with a vicious competitive streak. Can Alex control his cunning canine before he sends everyone barking mad?

The Lightning Strikes series aims to encourage a love of reading in children aged 8-14 years. These modern, catchy books will appeal to a new generation of readers demanding fast-paced stories with plenty of variety. An ideal addition to any school reading program, the series has many stylistic features and plot lines that can be studied and explored.


Renae Hayward was born during a cyclone in Western Australia’s Pilbara region, but spent most of her formative years within walking distance of the pristine beaches of Perth’s northern suburbs. In 2009, Renae entered a work-in-progress into the “CYA Later Alligator” Writing and Illustrating Competition, and won first place in the Young Adult category. In 2011, she was awarded the inaugural Ray Koppe Young Writer’s Residency, administered by the Australian Society of Authors. When not writing, Renae works as Senior Health Promotion Officer for the WA Perinatal Mental Health Unit. She lives with her partner, author-illustrator James Foley, and a deaf bull terrier named Jasper. Barking Mad is her first book.


Perfect for an hour or two of escape.

Kids' Book Review

A very funny, easy to read story, and the latest in the Lightning Strikes series, this book is best suited to middle to upper primary students.

Lamont Books

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