Lara's Gift by Annemarie O'brienLara's Gift by Annemarie O'brien

Lara's Gift

byAnnemarie O'brien

Paperback | July 22, 2014

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Young Lara is being groomed in the family tradition to take over as Count Voronstov's next kennel steward, breeding borzoi dogs worthy of the Tsar. But then Lara's baby brother is born and she finds herself supplanted as her father decides to make her brother the next kennel steward. Going against her father's wishes and becoming increasingly sure of her special gift of understanding these incredible dogs, Lara risks everything when she reveals the truth about her visions. Now she must save Zar, her favorite borzoi and the one she raised from birth, from a hungry pack of wolves. Only then can she find her own, extraordinary destiny. . . .
ANNEMARIE O'BRIEN has an MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She teaches writing courses at UC Berkeley and Stanford. Before that, she worked for many years in Russia, where she got her first borzoi dog. Annemarie lives in Northern California with her two daughters and two borzoi dogs.From the ...
Title:Lara's GiftFormat:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 7.63 × 5.19 × 0.44 inPublished:July 22, 2014Publisher:Random House Children's BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0307931757

ISBN - 13:9780307931757


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this book! I read this story in an afternoon and loved every part of it. Another glimpse at a period in Russian history that fascinates me, and I learned a lot about a breed of dog unfamiliar to me. Annemarie O'Brien is a gifted storyteller. Both older and younger readers would enjoy this story.
Date published: 2017-10-21

Editorial Reviews

Starred Review, School Library Journal, September 2013:
"Compelling historical fiction, this is also a powerful story about the bond between dogs and humans, fathers and daughters.”

Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, May 15, 2013:
"Engrossing and powerful."

Booklist, August 1, 2013:
"Dog lovers especially will pick up this trail right away and eagerly track the appealing heroine’s adventures."

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