Semper Fido (Dog Tags Series #1)

Semper Fido (Dog Tags Series #1)

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by C. Alexander London
     
 

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Man's best friend goes to war.

When Gus Dempsey joins the US Marine Corps, he knows without a doubt that he will make a great dog handler. He's always been good with dogs. In fact, he's often better with dogs than he is with people.

But Loki is not the dog that Gus was expecting. Fun-loving and playful, Loki acts more like a pet than the well-trained,

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Overview


Man's best friend goes to war.

When Gus Dempsey joins the US Marine Corps, he knows without a doubt that he will make a great dog handler. He's always been good with dogs. In fact, he's often better with dogs than he is with people.

But Loki is not the dog that Gus was expecting. Fun-loving and playful, Loki acts more like a pet than the well-trained, bomb-sniffing Marine that he's supposed to be.

When Gus and Loki deploy to Afghanistan, though, they have no choice but to learn to work together. Because in war, getting along is a matter of life and death.

DOG TAGS is a series of stand-alone books, each exploring the bond between soldier and dog in times of war.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Anna Whaley
We have all heard the saying, “A dog is a man’s best friend,” but have you every stopped to think why this is so? London answers this question in a unique way when man and man’s best friend go to war. This fictional book tells the story of Gus Dempsey, who joins the US Marine Corps, knowing that he will be a great dog handler because he has always been good with dogs. But when Gus meets Loki, he is not sure anymore. Loving and playful, Gus is the opposite of what the Marine Corps needs. Readers are immediately invited into the novel by the front cover, which pictures a man and a beautiful black lab surrounded by a war-like atmosphere. Through many trials and upsets, Gus and Loki put their true friendship to the test and learn the importance of teamwork. This story will appeal equally to both boys and girls. While many young readers may not be able to relate to the US Marine Corps lifestyle, they can certainly understand the relationship between a dog and its owner. While the book’s characters happen to be in a war zone, the ultimate story is that of friendship. London brings both imagination and realism to this book, exposing readers to the life of a Marine and his dog and how, ultimately, getting along can mean life of death in war. Reviewer: Anna Whaley; Ages 9 to 12.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780545477048
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
04/30/2013
Series:
Dog Tags Series, #1
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
62,446
Product dimensions:
5.36(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.56(d)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

Meet the Author


C. Alexander London is an author of books for children and adults. In addition to the Dog Tags series, he writes the Accidental Adventures novels for young readers and books like ONE DAY THE SOLDIERS CAME: VOICES OF CHILDREN IN WAR for older readers. When he is not writing books, he can usually be found walking around New York City talking to his dog.

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Semper Fido 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great book! I would recomend it for people who loves dogs, and adventure, becuase this book is full of it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you like animals and adventure this is for u
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book you should buy
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have the book, but its not on my nook. I bought it at my schoolsbookfair and it really is a good book. Their is another book that goes with the package it came in it is called, Dog Tags 2 Strays. I'm still reading Dog Tags 2, but this book really is good. It's better than good it's awesome.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thi book is great but it was also kind of sad. Im not going to spoil it.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Only one word can describe this book AWESOME!!!!!!!! P.S. i've got it on the nook
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Reading this book and it is so great because i ambwanting to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is sweet but awsome at the same time its swasome! I have the book but not on the nook i bought it at my school schlastic book fair! And this book is soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo AWSOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We were out of school May 23,2013 woo yeah my summer is very bad so far all it does is storm and rain.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like this book it waspretty good butitcould use a little more detail and be bettee i woild not reccomend this