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Spud Book Review

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1) In your own words what has happened in the book? Retell the major details of the story's plot so far after reading each chapter. The first few chapters tell the reader about Spud, and the beginning of her life. Spud is a blue heeler and she's been bred to live on a farm and muster cattle. Unfortunately for her, she's stuck in a pet shop in the middle of the city. This is how her life starts and soon she moves in with a family. At first they find her cute and adorable, but Spud doesn't stay a puppy forever and soon they get sick of her and send her to the pound. Pounds and Animal Shelters only keep their stray and unwanted animals for a couple of weeks and soon her time there is about to come to an end. The people put up posters about her, hoping that someone will take her in. On this particular day an old farmer (Mr. Robertson), just happens to drive into town from his cattle farm. When he sees the poster about Spud he decides to take her, because he doesn't believe in dogs (especially blue heelers) living in the city. Spud's life changes in the country and slowly she learns how to herd cattle. Already on the farm are 2 other male dogs and Spud stays with them. ...read more.


The man fired, but missed and Spud kept running. Life in the bush without food was tough for Spud. She ate once or twice a week, if she was lucky, until she was tempted to go back home. The man was away and Kylie fed Spud, but Spud knew she couldn't stay and when she was full, left. After that Spud often ran with a dingo, who taught her how to hunt. He went and killed a large mob of sheep, for which Spud was later blamed for. After a while Spud began to enjoy her new life, and learned a lot. But then winter came and Spud went back to Kylie and her mother. Kylie's mother realized that Spud was pregnant and found an excellent hiding place for her. Even Kylie's mother struggled to crawl through all the pipes and broken machinery to get to it and feed Spud. Finally, six weeks later Spud gave birth to two females and one male. A couple of weeks later pup escaped from his kennel and visited Spud. Unfortunately, the man found him, Spud, and the puppies. After a lot of screaming he killed the two females, but before he had a chance with the third, Spud leapt. She could have killed him, but didn't, instead she left with her remaining puppy. But the man didn't leave Spud alone. ...read more.


I would be outrageously angry and wouldn't let this happen and let myself be treated that way. 4) How did you feel while reading a section of this book? Did it make you feel sad, angry, happy and why? While I was reading chapter six, it made me feel sad and angry at the same time, because of the way Jim Morton was treating his dogs. Once he had let them off their chains and they finished rounding up the cattle, he started yelling at them for no particular reason, and when they didn't come to him (because he was screaming and throwing rocks at them and Spud and Pup had had enough of being beaten), he made kylie catch Pup for him. Spud came to him because that's what she'd been taught to do by the old man, but he only caught pup because of Kylie. When he started hitting pup with a steel post, I felt angry and sad, but then Spud attacked him and I felt relieved because that's exactly what I would have done. 5) Are there any words you are unsure of their meaning? List the words and a dictionary meaning. Stringy-bark: Australia eucalyptus tree: a eucalyptus tree with thick fibrous grey and brown bark. Muster: Call up something: to summon up something such as strength or courage that will help in doing something (e.g. assemble). Venture: make dangerous trip: to make a trip that is unpleasant or dangerous (e.g. gamble). ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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