Duke (Dogs of World War II Series)

Duke (Dogs of World War II Series)

by Kirby Larson


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780545416382
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 04/28/2015
Series: Dogs of World War II Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 135,799
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

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.

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Duke 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
MI_Reader More than 1 year ago
Duke is an historical fiction, taking place in Seattle, Washington during World War II. Much of the book is based on actual fact, so it is entertaining as well as educational. Why kids will love it - Kids will relate right away to Hobie. He's a normal, every day kid who just happens to live during a traumatic time in our country's history. Not only is his dad fighting overseas, but he is talked into donating his beloved dog and sending him to fight as well. Larson does a great job showing all the emotions and issues Hobie is dealing with - sadness with his dad gone and then captured, regret over donating Duke, a bully at school that won't go away and how to be brave and support your country with all this going on in the background. I didn't know about the Dogs for Defense program (which was real) and kids can find out about this important part of the war effort.  What I learned as a writer - In the back matter, Larson explained why she picked to write about the Dogs for Defense aspect of the war. She hadn't found any books for kids showcasing this fact of the war and saw a need.  I've heard this so many times at writing conferences - think of subject and what aspect hasn't be written about yet.  There's your marketable idea!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
" So far this book is amazing!"" If anybody gives this book less than 5 stars then they most be blind!" " I don't mean to spoil the book if i do." "But Duke would be the best dog in the universe.""Trust me. You dog lovers will read past page 2 (8) you would never put this book down."" I hope you injoy this book. Don't forget to put the book down!"" (Lol)."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love it
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the BEST BOOK EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is like OMG awsome souce!!!!!!!100% awsome like toats.
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ACS_Book_Blogger More than 1 year ago
The book, Duke, is about a little boy, his dog, and his dad. His dad was leaving to go fight in WWII. He encouraged his son to be brave and get ready for anything. Hobie wanted to help do whatever he could to make the war end as quick as it could. So he decided to give his dog to "Dogs for Defense." He regretted donating him until he learned his father had been taken prisoner by the Germans. Hobie realized he had to be brave. (student review) DISCLOSURE: A complimentary copy of Duke was given to us in exchange for our honest review. Opinions are the reviewers. No compensation was received for this review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago