The Way of Dog

Zana Fraillon

Be strong. Be fierce. Life is more than a concrete floor.

Scruffity is born into the harsh, grey world of a puppy farm. Taken from his mamma and locked in a concrete cage, what he yearns for most is Family. To belong is The Way of Dog. But no one wants him.

Just as his chances of adoption grow dangerously thin, Scruffity is set free by a boy as unwanted and lonely as
he is.

Outside, Scruffity learns all about The Way of Dog – it is to run, to dig, to howl and, biggest of all, to love. But when tragedy strikes, Scruffity is suddenly all alone.

How does a dog find his way home when he never had one to begin with?

A powerful, inventive, sweet and deeply moving novel from the bestselling, awardwinning author of The Bone Sparrow.

‘Prepare to have your heart smooshed in the best possible way in Zana Fraillon’s tender and gritty The Way of Dog ... Fraillon’s unique verse novel zings with energy as she skilfully plays with language in a way that gives voice to Scruffity. His joys, losses, fears and hopes are all vividly conveyed ... The Way of Dog has dark moments, but it’s a story that will warm readers’ hearts, not break them.'

- The Sydney Morning Herald

‘What is outstanding about this engaging and emotional story is the visceral muscular poetry, crackling with energy, zooming all over the page ... This is the best verse novel I have read in a long time.’

- StoryLinks

‘A beautifully written verse novel told through an animal voice, this is an ambitious and absorbing work.’

- Books + Publishing


Zana Fraillon

Zana Fraillon is an internationally acclaimed, multi-award-winning author. Her work has been published in over 15 countries and is in development for both stage and screen. The Way of Dog was shortlisted for the CBCA Awards and the Queensland Literary Awards in 2023.

University of Queensland Press (UQP)

For 70 years UQP has been at the forefront of innovative publishing. It has launched the careers of many great novelists, published contemporary poets, been a pioneering force in children’s and young adult publishing and has set the benchmark for award-winning scholarly and Black Australian writing.

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