By Kate Foster

Alex’s best friend is Kevin the cockapoo, although what he wants most of all is a friend at school. A charming and gentle story about how life isn't one size fits all.

Everything is changing for 11-year-old Alex and, as an autistic person, change can be terrifying. With the first day of high school only a couple of months away, Alex is sure that having a friend by his side will help. So, he’s devised a plan – impress the kids at school by winning a trophy at the PAWS Dog Show with his trusty sidekick, Kevin. This should be a walk in the park ... right?

Categories: Fiction

For readers aged: 9+

  • Publication details:
  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 9781406399240
  • Published: 04 Aug 2022
  • Price: £6.99
  • Size: 198 x 129 mm
  • Pages: 240

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Customer reviews


'Paws is a thoughtful, and well-crafted book which deals with friendship and hope. Alex is a wonderfully caring character.' Maisie Chan

'This was a charming read I thoroughly enjoyed. I think any young reader will relate to Alex as he navigates school, dreams and forming friendships with the fun of a dog show thrown in! Honest, touching and real ... a hug of a book.' Gina Blaxill

'This is a book about friendship and it's ADORABLE. It's gentle & heart warming and – thankfully, because it's impossible not to care – has the perfect feel good ending' Perdita Cargill

'I raced through this book and really related to it again due to Loghan and the issues that he faces. The book is written beautifully with a lovely story and well developed characters that I loved especially Alex. I loved that their was a dog in this story who was Alex's best friend because honestly as a mother of a boy who faces the same challenges as Alex, this really resonated with me. [...] I loved it and if you like reading middle grade books, love dogs or just love heart-warming books in general, this is the book for you.'

'This book is aimed at age 7-10 but I got a lot out of it as an adult too. It was so educational. My son (age 8) has recently been diagnosed as autistic and basically Alex is him! He related to Alex in so many ways, he said ‘Alex talks like me, and his brain blocks out things like mine does’, he was eager to read this every night, I think it really resonated with him and it’s definitely one we will be re-read, especially as he gets older.'

'This book is an amazing message that not everyone is the same or deal with life the same but it's ok you can do what you set your mind to.'

'My son Oliver adored this sweet book and flew through it. He said “Paws is a good story that was lots of fun to read. I really liked Kevin, especially because my auntie and my Grandma both have cockapoos so I know what they’re like.'

'Once I started reading Paws, I couldn’t put it down and read it in one go, desperate to find out what was going to happen to Alex & Kevin the dog.'

'The bond between Alex and Kevin, his cockapoo, is incredibly sweet and his constant companionship showed how important animals can be in so many people’s lives. This will be going straight into our school library!'

'"It's a gentle book but with plenty going on to keep you interested! […] A very enjoyable book recommended for children aged seven to ten. The perspective of an autistic child seemed to be realistic.'

'Featured in Pen & Inc Autumn/Winter 2022 listings, highlighting the best in diversity and inclusion in children's books.' Pen & Inc

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