Read for: Mount TBR & Veterans Day
Synopsis: "Mark’s dog Wolfie is part malamute, part German shepherd, and all heart. Mark can hardly imagine life without his big, loving canine companion. But in 1969, the Vietnam War is still raging, and when Mark learns that the army needs scout dogs, he decides to send Wolfie. As his dad says, a smart dog like Wolfie could save a lot of soldiers—soldiers like Mark’s brother, Danny. Besides, it seems like the patriotic thing to do. Inspired by real events, this is a heartbreaking story about sacrifice, loyalty, and the complex meanings of patriotism."
My Review: I have had my eye on this book for a while and finally went ahead and picked it up. It was a bit of a slow read and was rather depressing, in fact I had to put it down for a while. With that said, there were several very important points and subjects contained within this book. It is a great middle grade book in the fact that it doesn't pull any punches, while it doesn't get into the full graphic facts of war, particularly the Vietnam war, it does show the reader many of the harder aspects. I love the way that this book presented two very different opinions in a time where the lines were so drawn and it was difficult for each side to see the other. I also like the way that it gave a glimpse into the different ways people deal with difficult times, fear and grief, and the way that some were able to help and support one another. Definitely a great book and well worth the read but it can be a little slow and difficult to get through for young readers.
My Rating: I feel like this may have been a bit slow for young readers and reluctant readers in particular may struggle getting into the story. But it is definitely worth the read and I really appreciate how it presents both points of view. I give it a rating of Three Paws and a Stump Wag.
Thank you to all of you who have served our country, for all your sacrifices and those of your families as well.