Author(s): Andy Mulligan
When Tom meets Spider he is sure he has found a friend for life. But their companionship does not run smoothly. Spider can't help being the naughty puppy that he is, and Tom has a lot on his plate: a new school, a bully and his parents' separation.
But both boy and dog are far braver and more determined than anyone could have imagined. And as they journey to be reunited, unbreakable bonds of love are built.
Andy Mulligan was brought up in south London. He has taught in the Philippines, India, Brazil, Vietnam and the UK. His first novel, Ribblestrop, was shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Books Prize, and his second won the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize. Trash was shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal, has been translated into 31 languages and was filmed by Stephen Daldry.