Strongheart: Wonder Dog of the Silver Screen

Interest LevelReading LevelReading A-ZATOSWord Count
Grades 4 - 7Grades 4 - 5Sn/an/a
For fans of Balto and other real-life dog stories, here's a heavily illustrated middle-grade novel about a canine movie star of the 1920s, dramatically told in both words and pictures by an acclaimed author and a Caldecott Medal-winning illustrator.

When movie director Larry Trimble travels to Berlin searching for his next big star--a dog!--he finds Etzel, a fierce, highly trained three-year-old German shepherd police dog. Larry sees past the snarls and growls and brings Etzel back to Hollywood, where he is renamed Strongheart. Along with screenwriter Jane Murfin, Larry grooms his protégé to be a star of the silver screen--and he succeeds, starting with Strongheart's first film, The Love Master, which is released in 1921. Strongheart is soon joined by a leading lady, a German shepherd named Lady Julie, and becomes a sensation.

Touching, charming, playful, and based on real events, this moving tale by Candace Fleming and illustrated by Eric Rohmann tells all about "the wonder dog" who took America by storm.
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published on February 6, 2018 by Schwartz & Wade
ISBN-10: 1101934107
ISBN-13: 9781101934104
2 Book Reviews
  • catcuteness
    catcutenessSunday, May 2, 2021 at 9:31 am55 stars
    I LOVED THIS BOOK! I highly recommend it for kids that like mystery and animals. It is very intense. I only recommend for 7 and up. Do NOT give to toddeler.
    • Aarav kasanaWednesday, January 8, 2020 at 11:56 am
      the book is intrising