Interest LevelReading LevelReading A-ZATOSWord Count
Grades 4 - 8Grades 2 - 4n/a3.537911
With World War II raging and his father fighting overseas in Europe, eleven-year-old Hobie Hanson is determined to do his part to help his family and his country, even if it means giving up his beloved German shepherd, Duke. Hoping to help end the war and bring his dad home faster, Hobie decides to donate Duke to Dogs for Defense, an organization that urges Americans to "loan" their pets to the military to act as sentries, mine sniffers, and patrol dogs. Hobie immediately regrets his decision and tries everything he can to get Duke back, even jeopardizing his friendship with the new boy at school. But when his father is taken prisoner by the Germans, Hobie realizes he must let Duke go and reach deep within himself to be brave. Will Hobie ever see Duke, or his father, again?
With powerful storytelling and gripping emotion, critically acclaimed author Kirby Larson explores the many ways bravery and love help us to weather the most difficult times.
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published on August 27, 2013 by Scholastic Press
ISBN-10: 054541637X
ISBN-13: 9780545416375
14 Book Reviews
  • corbin15
    corbin15over 7 years44 stars
    this book is awesome it is sad and happy i recommend this book to people that like dog or war books. its about a boy that has a dog and the boy hobby accidentally signs a sheet for war and the war wants dogs to help so he gets sent to war and hobby wants his dog back so he goes into war. read the book to find out what happens
    • monkeyface
      monkeyfaceover 7 yearsFeatured
      i just finished Duke and some parts get really emotional and made me cry and some parts made me jump up at my desk and and some times i made a little noise. I really loved this book,it really touched me because a few months ago my dog passed away and this showed me that there is worse things in life. Kirby Larson is a very good historical fiction writer and is very descriptive and makes me want to keep reading,but I have to go to bed instead of staying up and reading until 11:00 and I get in trouble. I really love this book and I hope you read it.
    • bitbit2
      bitbit2over 7 years55 stars
      this book is great i hope you like it i love this book so much i wish that dog is real so i can have him that dog is so awesome i want that dog so bad i want to tell the author how much i like him he is a good dog and a helpful dog