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A poignant World War II story about the many meanings of bravery, from Newbery Honour 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.

Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Scholastic Press, 2013
ISBN: 9780545416375
Branch Call Number: J LAR


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Yellow_Hummingbird_4 Jul 03, 2015

I think its a sad book.

Jan 23, 2014

(BULLY) Boy lends his German Shepherd to help fight the war. Written extremely simple, more suited for fourth-graders. If focuses on the boys struggle to cope with his father in the war and to do everything he can while at home. It's not really about the dog at all. At end gives extra history. If I had to choose between this and another dog war book, the other would win "paws" down


Good book with a cute dog on the cover. What could be better?! JH

lms Aug 21, 2013

starred review in the July 15th issue of Kirkus Reviews

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Jul 14, 2016

SportsPro1000 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 6 and 13

Yellow_Hummingbird_4 Jul 03, 2015

Yellow_Hummingbird_4 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 5 and 12


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