Liberty (Dogs of World War II) (Hardcover)

By Kirby Larson

Scholastic Press, 9780545840712, 240pp.

Publication Date: October 11, 2016

List Price: 16.99*
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Description

Fish has a knack for inventing. His annoying neighbor, Olympia, has a knack for messing things up. But when his latest invention leads Fish to Liberty, a beautiful stray dog who needs a home, he and Olympia work together to rescue her.



However, a friendship that crosses racial lines is not the norm in 1940s New Orleans. But at the Higgins boatyard, where the boats that just might save the Allied forces during World War II are built, the wartime workforce is integrated and includes women and the disabled.



Fish, who suffered from polio and whose dad is away fighting in Europe, looks up to Mr. Higgins, and he's thrilled when one of his inventions helps Mr. Higgins's engineers unlock the mechanics of the landing crafts. Mr. Higgins inspires him to be bold and brave. As Fish enlists the help of unexpected friends and allies to save Liberty, he finds his perceptions of the world -- of race and war, family and friendship -- transformed.


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 Liberty (Dogs of World War II)

Praise for Liberty:

* "Larson once again creates an engaging story that is rich in historical details. She purposefully captures both the fear and the hope in a world torn by war as well as the simple love of a boy for his dog. Practically perfect." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"A slice-of-life tale for historical fiction fans and animal lovers alike." -- School Library Journal

"Larson brings the historical setting to life with vivid details and draws readers into the story with a heartfelt dog-and-child relationship." -- Hornbook



Praise for Dash:



Winner of the Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction

A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year



*"Emotionally satisfying and thought-provoking." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review



*"[A] trenchant novel." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review



"Historical fiction at its best." -- School Library Journal



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 Audacity Jones to the Rescue:

*"Larson's thriller deftly mixes humor, heart-pounding moments, and a strongly evoked historical setting -- it's truly a story with something for everyone." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review



*"[T]he story's themes of trust, friendship, and good manners will resonate with many. Audacity's charm and smarts make this historical adventure a winner." -- Booklist, starred review

"Larson infuses her romp with plenty of humor, making Audacity, her cat, and friends into lively, likable characters. With characteristic deftness, she weaves her historical material seamlessly into the story; Audacity is a modern girl.... Clever, funny, and sweet in equal measures." -- Kirkus Reviews



"Readers will cheer Audacity's ingenuity and bravery as they relish every moment of her adventures. Highly recommended." -- School Library Journal



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