Saving Zasha by Randi BarrowSaving Zasha by Randi Barrow

Saving Zasha

byRandi Barrow

Paperback | January 1, 2013

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Randi Barrow's gripping, heroic World War II story about a boy and his best friend, a German shepherd.

World War II has just ended when thirteen-year-old Mikhail finds a dying man and his German shepherd, Zasha, in the woods. It's dangerous - some say traitorous - to own a German dog after Germany attacked Russia, so Mikhail must keep Zasha a secret to keep her alive.

But Mikhail's rival, Katia, is determined to find the dog she is sure he's hiding. At the same time, a soldier named Dimitri is breeding a new Russian dog at a nearby farm. So many dogs were lost in combat, to starvation, and in the slaughter of German dogs that the country is in dire need of every kind of dog.

Dimitri, too, has suspicions of Zasha's existence, and would like nothing more than to add her to his breeding program. He'll have to compete with the armed dog thieves who are also on her trail.

Mikhail's inspiring journey to save his best friend, the last German shepherd in Russia, forces him to face some of life's hardest lessons about war, hate, forgiveness, hope, love, and man's best friend.

*Now in paperback!

Randi Barrow is an attorney and amateur historian, who has also published adult nonfiction. When dogs entered her life a dozen years ago, the effect was profound. Saving Zasha, her first children's book, was inspired and informed by her canine friends. Now a full-time writer, she lives in Los Angeles with her husband, musician/composer...
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Title:Saving ZashaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 7.57 × 5.24 × 0.57 inPublished:January 1, 2013Publisher:SCHOLASTIC INCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0545206332

ISBN - 13:9780545206334

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Praise for Saving Zasha"Barrow's novel is quick reading yet weighty, and captures the prejudices and after effects of war." -Publishers Weekly"Mikhail's first person account will grab readers with the physical details of training and protecting his beloved pet as well as the history of the devastating war and its aftermath." -Booklist"A highly engaging and ultimately hopeful animal story with a strong sense of time and place." -Kirkus"[T]his story captures the love of a boy for his dog and reflects the dark effects of war on both humans and animals..." -School Library Journal