Author: Kate Foster
Publication Date: 07 April 2021
Synopsis: At home, Alex’s best friend is Kevin the cockapoo, although what he wants most of all is a friend at school. But that is harder than he ever expected. A touching story about learning that friendship isn’t one size fits all and is often found where you least expect it.
Everything is changing for 11-year-old Alex and, as an autistic person, change can be terrifying. With the first day of high school only a couple of months away, Alex is sure that having a friend by his side will help. So, he’s devised a plan – impress the kids at school by winning a trophy at the PAWS Dog Show with his trusty sidekick, Kevin. This should be a walk in the park . . . right?
Format: Paperback courtesy of Walker Books Australia
Disclaimer: I received a finished copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This has no way impacted my thoughts.
Rating: 4/5 stars
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A book about dogs, finding friends, and being yourself? This checks all of my boxes!
Paws is such a wonderful book about an 11 year old boy, Alex, who has plans all laid out to make friends – he thinks if he does things that the other boys in his class do (like running, playing certain video games, win a trophy at the PAWS dog show, etc) that he’ll be able to make friends before going to high school.
What Alex doesn’t realise is that he’s had friends all along. What I love about this is that so many of us tell ourselves “oh x isn’t my friend because of x reason” when they’ve been our friends all along.
I absolutely adored Alex and Kevin throughout the story, and even though Kevin is Alex’s dog, you can just tell how much Kevin adores Alex. I wanted to give him a big cuddle and a dog treat myself.
Throughout the story, we as readers, get to witness what things are like from Alex’s perspective – from how he gets overwhelmed, to his joys and triumphs as well.
I highly recommend this for all younger readers, and those feeling afraid to go from primary school into high school. We find friends in the most unlikely of places.