Tessa Macintosh is devastated when her mother gives her a silkie bantam instead of the puppy she’s been hoping for. How can a rooster be her friend, keep her company and scare of Matteo Spiteri and his demented dog? Tessa discovers that her mum’s choice of pet gives her all that and more.

Notable Book, 2004 Children’s Book Council of Australia, Book of the Year: Younger Readers


…well-written, enjoyable story.

Primary Focus Fiction, 2004

An accessible and satisfying read with wide appeal.

Magpies, March 2006

I loved the book because it was so sad. You’ll love this book but you’ll cry your heart out, as I did.

Connor, Year 6