[the Best Dog in Vietnam]

Downloadable Audiobook - 2007
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Newbery Medal winning author Cynthia Kadohata offers this action-packed story that is a glimpse into the Vietnam War through the eyes of a dog and her handler. Rick MacBride is headed to Vietnam. He's going to prove his toughness to his dad, his brother and everyone else who thought he couldn't handle the war. But sometimes Rick wonders if he is tough enough. Maybe his family is right about him. Cracker is one of the United States Army's most valuable weapons--a German Shepherd trained to sniff out bombs, traps, and the enemy. The fate of entire platoons rests on Cracker's keen sense of smell. She's important and she likes it that way. Then Cracker is paired with Rick and she isn't so sure he is as tough as he seems. Cracker demands that Rick prove himself to her before she proves her skills to him. But in the end, they need to be friends before they can be a team and they must be a team if they want to get home alive.
Publisher: [New York, N.Y.] : Listening Library, 2007
ISBN: 9780739354957
Branch Call Number: Overdrive eAudiobook
Additional Contributors: Farr, Kimberly


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Feb 17, 2012

Good book. Would also make a great movie!

Apr 13, 2011

I really loved this book. My son read it in 5th grade and said "Mom, you should read this book. It's cool." I have the same recommendation for everyone else out there: You should read it. You'll enjoy it!

Feb 01, 2011

Full disclosure: I am one big dope when it comes to stories about heroic dogs. I love them, and I really loved this book.

Cracker is tough, brave, loyal. She's confused by her initial abandonment by her first owner, and skeptical about Rick, the GI is assigned to for service in Vietnam. But once she decides she likes him, she becomes committed to him entirely. Anyone who has ever had a dog will find her separation from Rick heart-wrenching.


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