Rick Hanski is headed to Vietnam. There, he's going to whip the world and prove to his family, his sergeant, and everyone else who didn't think he was cut out for war that they were wrong. But sometimes Rick can't help but wonder that maybe everyone else is right. Maybe he should have just stayed at home and worked in his dad's hardware store.
When Cracker is paired with Rick, she isn't so sure about this new owner. He's going to have to prove himself to her before she's going to prove herself to him. They need to be friends before they can be a team, and they have to be a team if they want to get home alive.
Told in part through the uncanny point of view of a German shepherd, Cracker! is an action-packed glimpse into the Vietnam War as seen through the eyes of a dog and her handler.
©2007 Cynthia Kadohata; (P)2007 Random House Inc. Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group
The point of view from the soldier's to Willie's to Cracker- brilliant. The Vietnam war stories are somewhat ignored and this brings a personal understanding of one part of the war. Dog owners will feel the connection!
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absolutely, a young adult or an adult read that acurately depicts the Viet Nam war era. A great Grandparent/grandchild story to share.
The truth of the human/animal bond, the accuracy of portrayal of the politics of the era. I was 19 around the time the protaginist was 19 so to me it was a story of my "coming of age" The method of interspersing the dog's thought with the humans was masterful.
well paced narration
no, I needed to digest the events as they progressed.
I have read MANY Viet Nam war stories and this one is highly accurate and very appealing to all ages. I think it is the best I have read.
in the end when it talks about how many dogs here put down after the war. it made feel sick!
“I am the wife to a wonderful man, the mom to two sweet doggie boys. I'm all about the dog stories fiction or non!
It was endearing, it was suspensful, it was lovely, it was emotional. All the things a relationship with a dog is. I enjoyed it very much!
How real the fictional story was.
Her ability to capture each character as she went along.
It made me laugh out loud, giggle and cry... It was very stirring
I would not hesitate to reccomend this book!
Not really for war aficionados.It's a weird dichotomy. The narration might appeal to juveniles but the subject of war probably shouldn't. Wish I could get my money back.
Great story about the relationships between dogs and humans. The contribution of dogs in the service was largely ignored except by their handlers and those that owe their lives to them. This was a story that needed to be told and thank God the policy has now changed.
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