Author Alison Hart and illustrator Michael Montgomery team up to bring readers the Dog Chronicles,
a fast-paced historical fiction series told from a working dog’s point of view.
Follow Darling, Murphy, Finder, and Leo into new and exciting situations, out of danger, and into their human’s hearts.

A hardened old sea dog joins Magellan on his journey to the Spice Islands in this action-packed and heartwarming story.

“Frank history, attention to factual detail, and vivid adventures make this a standout.” —Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW


When Thomas’s family needs money, he and his dog, Finder, are forced to go to work in the coal mines.

“Well-told and entertaining.” ―Kirkus Reviews

“Suspenseful.” ―Horn Book Guide


Join Murphy as he finds a home with Sally and Mama, who have recently arrived in gold-rush era Alaska to seek a new life.

“Equal parts heart-wrenching and -warming…its message of the value of love over greed is as subtle as it is powerful. An adventure-filled tale set within a fascinating period of history.” ―Kirkus Reviews


When the British military asks families to volunteer their dogs to help the war effort, Darling’s family sends her off to be trained.

“While never shying away from the tragedies of battle, Darling’s story focuses on bravery, sacrifice and devotion….Wartime adventure with plenty of heart.” ―Kirkus Reviews


Meet the Author

Alison Hart is the author of more than sixty books for young readers. Hart was a teacher at Blue Ridge Community College and lives in Virginia. 

Meet the Illustrator

Michael G. Montgomery has illustrated numerous children’s books. He attended Georgia Southern University and the University of Georgia. He lives in Georgia. You can visit his website here.


Teacher’s Guide: Leo, Dog of the Sea
Teacher’s Guide: Finder, Coal Mine Dog
Teacher’s Guide: Murphy, Gold Rush Dog
Teacher’s Guide: Darling, Mercy Dog of World War I