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Finding Zasha
     

Finding Zasha

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by Randi Barrow
 

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Randi Barrow is back with another gripping heroic World War II story about a boy and his best friend, a German shepherd!

In 1941, the Germans began the long, bloody siege on Leningrad. During the chaos, twelve-year-old Ivan is sent to live with relatives when his mother's job is moved to the mountains. But it is a long and dangerous journey to get out of

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Randi Barrow is back with another gripping heroic World War II story about a boy and his best friend, a German shepherd!

In 1941, the Germans began the long, bloody siege on Leningrad. During the chaos, twelve-year-old Ivan is sent to live with relatives when his mother's job is moved to the mountains. But it is a long and dangerous journey to get out of Leningrad. After settling into a new town it falls under Nazi occupation and Ivan is picked by Axel Recht, an especially heinous soldier, to come work for the Nazis. One of Ivan's more pleasant tasks is to train Alex's dogs. Yet Ivan is determined to use his position to undermine the Nazis and rescue the dogs. But Ivan underestimates Axel's attachment to Zasha and Thor, and soon finds himself being hunted by a ruthless soldier who will stop at nothing to get his dogs back. As World War II rages around them, Ivan must find a way to hide from Axel, protect Zasha and Thor, avoid the constant barrage of deadly bombings, and survive in the devastating conditions of a city cut off from the world.

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Praise for SAVING ZASHA

"Barrow's novel is quick reading yet weighty, and captures the prejudices and aftereffects of war." –PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

"Mikhail's first person account will grab readers with the physical details of training and protecting his beloved pet as well as the history of the devastating war and its aftermath." –BOOKLIST

"A highly engaging and ultimately hopeful animal story with a strong sense of time and place." –KIRKUS

"[T]his story captures the love of a boy for his dog and reflects the dark effects of war on both humans and animals..." –SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL

Kirkus Reviews
In a prequel to Saving Zasha (2011), Barrow provides a mildly harrowing depiction of life in Russia during World War II. Speaking in a plausible first-person voice, 12-year-old Ivan, a talented concertina player, begins the war living in Leningrad. Conditions swiftly deteriorate as the Germans both bomb and lay siege to the city. After his mother is sent to work in a distant factory, Ivan escapes across a frozen lake with Auntie, his wise elderly neighbor. In swift succession he joins the partisans, then deliberately--planning to work as a spy--attracts the attention of a sadistic Nazi, Maj. Axel, who keeps him in his headquarters to provide musical diversion. Axel owns a pair of German shepherd puppies that he's planning to brutalize into becoming virtual bloodhounds, hoping to use them to track down Russians. Ivan is determined to steal the dogs; surprisingly, he convinces the partisans to help. Parts of this tale are remarkably suspenseful, especially the escape across the frozen lake and Ivan's scheming at the German headquarters as he puts his plan into place. At other times, especially near the conclusion, the effects of the war become muted, lessening both the impact and the believability of the story. This effort will especially appeal to readers of Saving Zasha, but those who enjoy historical fiction will also find it to be an engaging read. (Historical fiction. 10-14)
School Library Journal
Gr 5�8—In this prequel to Saving Zasha (Scholastic, 2011), 12-year-old Ivan must escape from Leningrad after the Nazi invasion and his mother's forced factory-work assignment. He travels with his wise and resourceful neighbor, Auntie, across a frozen lake in dangerously arctic temperatures to the mountains, but he is soon entrapped by Nazi soldiers and forced to live with villainous Major Axel Recht as a dog trainer. Ivan is aware that the brutal purpose of these trained bloodhounds is to track down escaping Russians. Working as a spy for the partisans, he is determined to run with the two puppies, Thor and Zasha, but underestimates Recht's cruel determination to retrieve both his prisoner and his dogs. Barrow creates a suspenseful, engaging boy-loves-dog story within the historical context of the Russian World War II landscape, amid the harrowing environment of daily bombings and a vicious enemy. A climactic fight scene will keep readers enthralled to the concluding cliff-hanger ending in which Ivan is left with Thor, wondering how his mother fared during the occupation and if he will ever see Zasha again.—Rita Soltan, Youth Services Consultant, West Bloomfield, MI

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780545452182
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
01/01/2013
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
395,039
Product dimensions:
5.82(w) x 8.32(h) x 1.17(d)
Lexile:
700L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

Meet the Author


Randi Barrow is an attorney and amateur historian, who has also published adult nonfiction. When dogs entered her life a dozen years ago, the effect was profound. SAVING ZASHA, her first children’s book, was inspired and informed by her canine friends. Now a full-time writer, she lives in Los Angeles with her husband, musician/composer Arthur Barrow, and their Chihuahua mix companion, Manuel.

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Finding Zasha 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a very good book about a boy and his puppy he finds named Zasha i recomend 8+.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book keeps you on your feet
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is gr8! Irecomend it for people who are dog lovers and people who like WW 2 history.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My friend said that this ook was amazing. My friend hates reading so if it came from his mouth it must be amazing so i going to read it now
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
BEST BOOK EVER! I read this book uncorrect-proof and let me tell you, it was outstanding! Randi Barrow makes you feel like you are right there next to Ivan and Zasha  along side them, going with them on their perilous journey through Germany during World War II. If you'd like to read and learn more about the Holocaust I'd recommend this book 5 out of 5 stars
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a really good book for middle schoolers expecially 6th grade. I wouldn't recrommend it for little kids. It teaches you life lessons and history. It is an excillent book. I couldn't put it down. It is great for school. It is so exciting. Even adults schould read it. I give it 5 stars!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book 5 star rating. It's kinda WWII type book. Ivan loved those dogs so much. And Axel Recht chased him over some dogs he would've mold into monsters. Ivan went through a lot and he really grew up. Also read Saving Zasha
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
BeEeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeest book in the world get it for me beakause welllllllllll YOU KNOW!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is worth the money. It is so detailed you would want to never stop reading it. Reccomenden ages 8+
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read the 2nd book. I liked it so much I think the first one will be good.!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wanted to read Saving Zasha but then I found out that there is also Finding Zasha
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is even better than the first one :) If havent read this book you should buy it and read it write away
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
THIS BOOK IS SOOOO GOOD! I ENJOYED READING IT AND CANT WAIT TO READ THE NEXT BOOK, Saving Zasha.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is the best book i ever read!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It is cool you should read it just click on the sample!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book ever
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is such a great learning book i love it
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