Dog Wars

The blurb

Wrestling fleas. Fighting dogs. Welcome to Dogland.

The quiet suburb of Grandview has another name. The dogs know it as Dogland. Strongdog, Rock, Crackers and Cakehole share a hidden life with hundreds of other canine warriors — a life their owners know nothing about. They secretly control the streets with their own set of rules.

But there’s something controlling them. And it’s pushing Dogland to the brink of war.

My thoughts


Dog Wars is about a  war that breaks out amongst the dogs in a normal, suburban neighbourhood. Things get out of hand thanks to a mischievous and manipulative little flea who’s controlling the strongest dogs.

What the critics are saying

Dog Wars is a brilliant invention. It has the makings of a cult classic. It’s entertaining, clever and action packed.” Mike Shuttleworth, Centre for Youth Literature

“Michael Wagner writes a lively and irreverent narrative, acute rather than cute.” Lucy Sussex, The Age, Melbourne


“Dog Wars is entertaining and very funny. It’s aimed at middle primary readers, and suits them perfectly. I’m sure it will become a fast favourite.” Tina Cavanagh, Magpies Magazine

“Dog Wars has great toons and is an action-packed read.” Sunday Times Weekend Magazine, Western Australia

“Dog Wars is a hilarious dog story with a very big difference – it is narrated by a flea. Kids will love it and even adults will laugh out loud.” Sally Murphy,

Spring Roll

“Pre-teens will enjoy the pace and action in this story. The fight sequences are both humorous and engaging.” Ben Beaton, Children’s Bookseller & Publisher


Download the first chapter here.

Download the teacher’s notes here.

A rogues gallery of other Dog Wars characters