Duke (Dogs of World War II) (Hardcover)

By Kirby Larson

Scholastic Press, 9780545416375, 240pp.

Publication Date: August 27, 2013

List Price: 16.99*
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Description

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.


About the Author

Kirby Larson is the acclaimed author of the 2007 Newbery Honor book Hattie Big Sky; its sequel, Hattie Ever After; The Friendship Doll; Dear America: The Fences Between Us; Duke; Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction winner Dash; Liberty; Audacity Jones to the Rescue; and its sequel Audacity Jones Steals the Show. She has also co-written the award-winning picture books Two Bobbies: A True Story of Hurricane Katrina, Friendship, and Survival and Nubs: The True Story of a Mutt, a Marine, and a Miracle. She lives in Washington with her husband and Winston the Wonder Dog.


Praise For Duke (Dogs of World War II)

Praise for Duke:



*"Exceptionally well-crafted and emotionally authentic." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review



*"[An] incisive tale of loyalty, patriotism, sacrifice, and bravery." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review



"A good example of how bravery comes in all shapes, sizes -- and breeds." -- Booklist





Praise for Dear America: The Fences Between Us:



"Larson deftly folds historical detail into Piper's lively diary entries, which describe her friendships, first romance, and school dramas as well as her view of the subsequent internment of Japanese Americans and the prejudice against sympathizers." -- Booklist



"Larson does an excellent job recreating the tension Piper feels. . . . [a] well-researched novel." -- VOYA



Praise for Hattie Big Sky:



A Newbery Honor Recipient



*"[An] engaging historical novel... [Larson] creates a richly textured novel full of memorable characters." -- Booklist, starred review



*"Larson... create[s] a masterful picture of the homesteading experience and the people who persevered." -- School Library Journal, starred review



"Refreshing." -- Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books



"With World War II raging around the globe, Americans are called upon to sacrifice everything, even when it might break their hearts.

When fifth-grader Hobie Hanson’s father leaves his fishing boat in Seattle to pilot a B-24 in Europe, he tells Hobie ?to step up and do what needs to be done.? Whether it is buying war bonds, collecting rubber or simply making due with less, Hobie is giving all he can to the war effort. But when he begins to feel the pressure to lend his beloved German shepherd, Duke, to the Army, Hobie realizes he still has more to give. Authentic details, such as radio drama, ration stamps and the ever-present worry of a telegram bearing terrible news, enrich this story of a boy and his dog. References to the Japanese internment and anti-German prejudice bring the war even closer to home. However, Hobie is no perfect hero. He wrestles with his decisions, making mistakes along the way; a refusal to glamorize war sets this story apart. The universal anguish Hobie feels in his sacrifice will touch readers struggling to make sense of their own losses.

Exceptionally well-crafted and emotionally authentic." - Kirkus starred review