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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 ...

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Overview


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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Editorial Reviews

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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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545452182
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/1/2013
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 126,646
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Lexile: 700L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.82 (w) x 8.32 (h) x 1.17 (d)

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2013

    Finding Zasha

    This is a very good book about a boy and his puppy he finds named Zasha i recomend 8+.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2013

    Amasing

    This book keeps you on your feet

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2013

    Zasha

    This book is gr8! Irecomend it for people who are dog lovers and people who like WW 2 history.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2013

    GIRL

    NIT READ IT YET BUT LOOKS AMAXING

    4 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2013

    Anonymous

    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

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2014

    EEEEEpic

    BeEeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeest book in the world get it for me beakause welllllllllll YOU KNOW!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2014

    Amazing book

    This book is worth the money. It is so detailed you would want to never stop reading it. Reccomenden ages 8+

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2014

    I love it.

    I read the 2nd book. I liked it so much I think the first one will be good.!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2014

    Wow

    Wow, its readig level isnt true. Im a freshman in High school and i still read it and loved it alot! Something refredhing to read for older people (older teens and into the middle ages and older!) And something challenging and fun for pre teens! Easy read even for thick-er book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2013

    Saving Zasha

    I wanted to read Saving Zasha but then I found out that there is also Finding Zasha

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2013

    lovetoread

    This book is even better than the first one :) If havent read this book you should buy it and read it write away

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2013

    Saving zasha is the first book to come out so you might want to read that first just sayin

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    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2013

    READ THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    THIS BOOK IS SOOOO GOOD! I ENJOYED READING IT AND CANT WAIT TO READ THE NEXT BOOK, Saving Zasha.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2013

    Finding zasha is awesome!!!!!!!!!!

    It is the best book i ever read!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It is cool you should read it just click on the sample!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2013

    Awsome

    Best book ever

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2013

    Loved it

    This is such a great learning book i love it

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