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Jehan and the Quest of the Lost Dog

Jehan is caught in a disastrous Pakistani  flood and lives isolated in a tree until he befriends a lost dog. A story of survival, courage and hope. The sequel to Kelsey and the Quest of the Porcelain Doll.

Themes: Asian content, flood disaster, family, friendship, community


CBCA Notable Book 2018

Shortlisted for the Australian Speech Pathology Book Awards, 2018

Published 2017

Queensland University Press


What people are saying

In Jehan and the Quest of the Lost Dog, Hawke breathes life into the catastrophic flood that devastated parts of Pakistan in 2010...

        Written in sensitive, descriptive prose, Jehan and the Quest of the

Lost Dog, is simple enough to be accessible for younger readers, yet

with a narrative that will certainly allow for high-levels of engagement

with older children and more sophisticated readers.  In the classroom,

the story could operate effectively as a class text with strong

cross-curricular links to Geography and issues relating to social justice. 

For older students, the novel would pair well with the likes of

Andy Mulligan’s 2010 novel Trash, and likewise the 2014 film of the

same name.

         Jehan and the Quest of the Lost Dog, is a simple, yet beautifully

told story of hope and survival.  It will certainly inspire students in the

primary years, while deepening their cultural awareness, understanding

of the world, its geography and how this environment interacts with


                          Tanya Grech Welden, Oz Books for Teachers

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