Dogs of World War II

3 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 75 ratings

Duke Publisher's Summary

A poignant World War II story about a boy and his dog and his dad, and the many meanings of bravery, from Newbery Honor author Kirby Larson. With World War II raging and his father fighting overseas in Europe, 11-year-old Hobie Hanson is determined to do his part to help his family and his country, even if it means giving up his beloved German shepherd, Duke. Hoping to help end the war and bring his dad home faster, Hobie decides to donate Duke to Dogs for Defense, an organization that urges Americans to "loan" their pets to the military to act as sentries, mine sniffers, and patrol dogs. Hobie immediately regrets his decision and tries everything he can to get Duke back, even jeopardizing his friendship with the new boy at school. But when his father is taken prisoner by the Germans, Hobie realizes he must let Duke go and reach deep within himself to be brave. Will Hobie ever see Duke, or his father, again? With powerful storytelling and gripping emotion, critically acclaimed author Kirby Larson explores the many ways bravery and love help us to weather the most difficult times.

©2014 Kirby Larson (P)2014 Scholastic Inc.
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    • Duke

    • By: Kirby Larson
    • Narrated by: Jonah Von Spreecken
    • Length: 4 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 17
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 19

    A poignant World War II story about a boy and his dog and his dad, and the many meanings of bravery, from Newbery Honor author Kirby Larson. With World War II raging and his father fighting overseas in Europe, 11-year-old Hobie Hanson is determined to do his part to help his family and his country, even if it means giving up his beloved German shepherd, Duke. Hoping to help end the war and bring his dad home faster, Hobie decides to donate Duke to Dogs for Defense, an organization that urges Americans to "loan" their pets to the military.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • poignant and exciting

    • By Moshe Rosenberg on 06-27-18

    Regular price: $14.69

    • Dash

    • By: Kirby Larson
    • Narrated by: Kathy Hsieh
    • Length: 5 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 47
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 38
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 41

    New from Newbery Honor author Kirby Larson, the moving story of a Japanese American girl who is separated from her dog upon being sent to an incarceration camp during WWII. Although Mitsi Kashino and her family are swept up in the wave of anti-Japanese sentiment following the attack on Pearl Harbor, Mitsi never expects to lose her home - or her beloved dog, Dash. But, as World War II rages and people of Japanese descent are forced into incarceration camps, Mitsi is separated from Dash, her classmates, and life as she knows it.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • This was a good book I Read it for obob.

    • By karen hittenberger on 01-11-18

    Regular price: $14.69

    • Liberty

    • By: Kirby Larson
    • Narrated by: Chris Ensweiler, George Mount
    • Length: 3 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
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    From Newbery Honor author Kirby Larson comes the moving story of a young boy who, with a dad fighting in Europe and a sister working at the Higgins Boat factory, longs to have a dog of his own. Fish has a knack for inventing. His annoying neighbor, Olympia, has a knack for messing things up. But when his latest invention leads Fish to Liberty, a beautiful stray dog who needs a home, he and Olympia work together to rescue her.

    Regular price: $13.29