2014 Hub Reading Challenge check-in #2

16 Feb

Thank goodness for the snow! I was able to finish 4 books for the Challenge. Two were new to me, two were rereads.

The first new book was  Dogs of War by Sheila Keenan and Nathan Fox. It’s the only one I will talk about in depth today because I have blogged about the others.

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It is a graphic novel that tells three stories about dogs during three different wars: World War I, World War II and the Vietnam War. Each story is a little different and  tells the remarkable adventures of a soldier and his service dog. The fictional stories were  based on the real-life roles of military dogs that served as Red Cross rescuers, messengers, scouts, search-and-rescue teams, sentries, and mascots.

“Boots” takes place during World War I, with a dog who was involved in the famous Christmas truce between the British and German soldiers.

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“Loki” is a sled dog in Greenland during World War II, where he helps his trainer survive being tracked by Nazis.

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The final story, “Sheba,” shows how the dog helped troops detect Viet Cong threats and the impact on her trainer after he was sent home without her and is trying to recalibrate to normal life.

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The three other books I read were War Brothers: The Graphic Novel by Sharon McKay and Daniel  Lafrance, The Kingdom of Little Wounds by Susann Cokal, and Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein.

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