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Flash the Sheepdog

Kathleen Fidler

176 pp.  
5 1/8" x 7 7/8"
Illustrations: 12 black & white

Floris Books


Published:  July 2018


Orphan Tom has been sent to live in the Scottish Borders with an uncle and aunt he’s never met. But a remote sheep farm in Scotland is a different world from his home in London. Tom is lonely and struggles to fit in with strange new people and their odd ways, until his uncle gives him a sheep dog puppy called Flash.

Flash is loving, clever, and brave, and Tom is determined to make him the best sheepdog he can be—maybe even a champion! But, when the day of competition arrives, Tom faces a difficult decision. Will he have to leave his new life—and Flash—behind?

In this true classic by much-loved children’s author Kathleen Fidler, a young boy discovers friendship, acceptance, and a new home in the Scottish Borders through love for his best friend Flash.

Adapted for the big screen in 1966, Flash the Sheepdog remains an unrivaled portrait of rural Scotland. Flash the Sheep Dog is a story that has been loved by generations of children.

  • “The technicalities of sheepdog training and the suspense of the trials are conveyed in an accessible and entertaining manner.... The characters of his uncle and aunt are presented with warmth and humor and the rural setting is convincingly portrayed.” —Treasure Islands: A guide to Scottish fiction for young readers aged 10–14

    “Another home-grown story that will delight youngsters.” —Stewart Peterson, Greenock Telegraph

    “First published in 1965, an attractive new edition of this lively children’s story will appeal to younger readers today.” —Scots Magazine

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