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"Profoundly sad and hopeful at the same time . . . Hachiko Waits shows us the very best in life; loyalty, devotion, our ability to love-all taught by a beloved, intelligent, and heroic dog. I love it." -Patricia MacLachlan, Newbery Award-winning author of Sarah Plain and Tall

The loyalty and devotion of a dog has no bounds

What a good dog you are. What a fine dog you are. Hachi, you are the best dog in all of Japan." Professor Ueno speaks these words to his faithful dog before boarding the train to work every morning. And every afternoon just before three o'clock, Hachi is at the train station to greet his beloved master.

One day, the train arrives at the station without the professor. Hachi waits.

For ten years Hachi waits for his master to return. Not even Yasuo, the young boy who takes care of Hachi, can persuade him to leave his post.

Hachiko Waits is a novel inspired by a true story. Readers will be touched by the story of Hachiko and his impact on the people of Japan.

Hachiko Waits is a 2005 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

Hardcover, 96 pages
Published on October 1, 2004 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
ISBN-10: 0805073361
ISBN-13: 9780805073362
9 Book Reviews
  • Hsu Hsu ZarniTuesday, February 5, 2019 at 7:24 am
    I liked this book so much coz i felt the loyalty of dog and the love of his master .But it is so sad .At the end of this book I cried.
    • lightningcole
      lightningcoleTuesday, March 13, 2018 at 1:49 pm55 stars
      I read this for book club and it was amazing! Although it is sad. But still it is a must read for doge lovers!
      • bloopersFriday, January 16, 2015 at 5:00 pm
        i love this book but i hated when hachiko and the professor died but i liked when Yasou met a girl
        • msoloriojara
          msoloriojaraThursday, October 16, 2014 at 7:44 am
          Yasou is the one who took care of Hachiko all the time.
          • cwThursday, October 16, 2014 at 7:43 am
            I liked that Hachiko waited ans waited for professor the professor to come. I didn't like that professor and Hachiko died.
            • mrslmattox
              mrslmattoxThursday, October 16, 2014 at 7:43 am
              I liked how hachiko waits for his master and I also liked how hachiko show's us to wait for people and never give up. :(
              • strowbridge
                strowbridgeThursday, October 16, 2014 at 7:43 am
                I love the part when Yasuo gives the speech at the end and he's going to cry but he see's a little boy about his age when he first meet Hachiko, the little boy smiles at him and Yasuo smiles back : )
                • szMonday, October 13, 2014 at 11:38 am
                  This book is really good but very sad and i liked how he waited for his master when he was alive the part i hated was hachiko died spoiler.
                  • szMonday, October 13, 2014 at 11:36 am
                    This book is good