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Publisher Comments:

A poignant World War II story about a boy and his dog and his dad, and the many meanings of bravery, from Newbery Honor author Kirby Larson.

With World War II raging and his father fighting overseas in Europe, eleven-year-old Hobie Hanson is determined to do his part to help his family and his country, even if it means giving up his beloved German shepherd, Duke. Hoping to help end the war and bring his dad home faster, Hobie decides to donate Duke to Dogs for Defense, an organization that urges Americans to "loan" their pets to the military to act as sentries, mine sniffers, and patrol dogs. Hobie immediately regrets his decision and tries everything he can to get Duke back, even jeopardizing his friendship with the new boy at school. But when his father is taken prisoner by the Germans, Hobie realizes he must let Duke go and reach deep within himself to be brave. Will Hobie ever see Duke, or his father, again?

With powerful storytelling and gripping emotion, critically acclaimed author Kirby Larson explores the many ways bravery and love help us to weather the most difficult times.

Review:

"Life on the WWII home front is real and wrenching in this triumphant novel by Newbery Honor author Larson. Fifth-grader Hobie's losses are deep: his father is off flying B-24s in Europe, his best friend has left their Seattle hometown, and — after considerable anguish — he lends Duke, his German shepherd, to the military's Dogs for Defense program. Though distance separates Hobie and Duke, Larson reveals the bond between them as the ballast that keeps Hobie grounded and hopeful. Hobie answers letters from Duke's Marine handler (which are written mostly in Duke's voice) with misleading notes intended to secure his pet's release from service — until he divulges a critical fact that enables Duke to save lives in battle. Despite its finely detailed historical setting, this incisive tale of loyalty, patriotism, sacrifice, and bravery transcends its era. Ages 8 — 12. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

Kirby Larson is the acclaimed author of the 2007 Newbery Honor book HATTIE BIG SKY, THE FRIENDSHIP DOLL, and DEAR AMERICA: THE FENCES BETWEEN US. She has also written a number of picture books, including the award-winning TWO BOBBIES: A TRUE STORY OF HURRICANE KATRINA, FRIENDSHIP, AND SURVIVAL and NUBS: THE TRUE STORY OF A MUTT, A MARINE, & A MIRACLE. She lives in Washington with her husband.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780545416375
Author:
Larson, Kirby
Publisher:
Scholastic Press
Subject:
Historical - Military & Wars
Subject:
Children s Animals-Animal Stories-Dogs
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20130831
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 3 up to 7
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in
Age Level:
from 8 up to 12

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Life on the WWII home front is real and wrenching in this triumphant novel by Newbery Honor author Larson. Fifth-grader Hobie's losses are deep: his father is off flying B-24s in Europe, his best friend has left their Seattle hometown, and — after considerable anguish — he lends Duke, his German shepherd, to the military's Dogs for Defense program. Though distance separates Hobie and Duke, Larson reveals the bond between them as the ballast that keeps Hobie grounded and hopeful. Hobie answers letters from Duke's Marine handler (which are written mostly in Duke's voice) with misleading notes intended to secure his pet's release from service — until he divulges a critical fact that enables Duke to save lives in battle. Despite its finely detailed historical setting, this incisive tale of loyalty, patriotism, sacrifice, and bravery transcends its era. Ages 8 — 12. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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