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Us Minus Mum by Heather Butler: Chapter One

Us Minus Mum by Heather Butler: Chapter One

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Published by Little Brown UK
Heart-warming as well as heart-breaking, Us Minus Mum is the story of two brothers and their lovable mongrel finding laughter in the face of loss.
Heart-warming as well as heart-breaking, Us Minus Mum is the story of two brothers and their lovable mongrel finding laughter in the face of loss.

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Published by: Little Brown UK on Jan 17, 2014
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FACT NUMBER ONE
 Mongrel means your parents are not the same breed.
We are on our way to look at a dog.‘Mr and Mrs Warren?’ the man says.Mum nods.Dad nods.Theo nods. He is holding Mum’s hand because hehas never been to a Dog Rescue Centre before.Everyone else is nodding and I don’t want to beleft out, so I nod as well.Then we follow the man to a cage. There is a signon the door.It says . . .
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Pong & Ping. Mongrels. Keep together if possible.
‘Here they are,’ the man says. He lifts them bothout. Pong shuffles back towards the cage. Pingdoesn’t. He climbs all over us and is soft, and histail thumps against our legs and Theo says,‘I want this one.’‘What do you think, George?’ Dad says. And it’slike Ping knows I’ve been asked to make adecision about him. So he stops licking Theo’strousers, looks at me and blinks very slowly.Twice.So I say,‘I want him as well.’‘Ping it is then,’ Mum says. ‘Which is greatbecause Nana and Granddad want Pong.’The man from the Dog Rescue Centre smiles.
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