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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 - 14 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 9
  • Lexile Measure: 670L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press (January 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545206324
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545206327
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,094,258 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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Devastated by Germany�s conflict with the Soviet Union at the end of WWII, Mikhail, 13, and his family are struggling to survive in their rural Russian community, where everything German is hated and Mikhail�s father is missing in action. When the family shelters a beautiful German shepherd (they call her Zasha), they know they will be called traitors, but they bond with the beautiful dog, and they save her life by hiding her. Then they discover that she is pregnant. Can they build a safe shelter for her and her pups without being detected? What about the spies who see dog hair on Mikhail�s clothes? Mikhail�s first-person account will grab readers with the physical details of training and protecting his beloved pet as well as the history of the devastating war and its aftermath. Mikhail�s family does have a happy reunion, but Barrow reminds readers that so many others were not as lucky. A long historical note tells more about the abuse and misuse of dogs in warfare. Grades 4-7. --Hazel Rochman

Review

"In tones crafted to delight the whole family, Roger Mueller presents the tale of Zasha, a beautiful German shepherd found by two boys in post-WWII Russia. The target of thieves and potential euthanasia because of her perceived German heritage, Zasha must be hidden from all except her family. Throughout the performance, Mueller employs a light accent meant to convey a Russian dialect. This deft touch keeps the listeners’ imaginations in that eastern European culture. At the same time, he maintains an upbeat and enthusiastic attitude throughout the story, subtly assuring his audience that a happy ending will ensue. Indeed it does, and listeners of all ages will be cheering for boys and dogs to the end." 
R.L.L. - Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award - © AudioFile Portland, Maine
--This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

Customer Reviews

Good story about having compassion.
Jenni Gilmer
The best book I've ever read it was really the best it was really interesting and really fun to read.
Zeke Bukovansky
If you love dogs this is the book for you.
Giant taco that poops icecream.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By William P. Howard Jr. on January 1, 2011
Format: Hardcover
i love dogs and this was the perfect book for me. Great story, great writing. It has heart, history and everything that makes me love a book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Elaine Shoemaker on February 20, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I absolutely loved this book! The author captures the reader in the first few pages. This book is like a warm bowl of soup on a rainy day. I enjoyed the characters, the writing style and I fell in love with Zasha the beautiful German Sheperd. I highly recommend this book to all ages,
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Zasha enthusiast on January 25, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Saving Zasha is a book to cuddle up and read with your child. Especially a son. The book is adventurous and takes us through a part of history I was not familiar with. My 12 year old couldn't wait to see what happened next. As an adult I thoroughly enjoyed it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By L. Reynoso on February 17, 2011
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This is an amazing book. Great story line and character development. I could not put it down and can not wait for the sequel! A must read!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By grandmam on January 30, 2013
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This book was chosen as a gift. Thoroughly enjoyed by an advanced reader in the 3rd grade especially since she likes animal stories.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Suzi Sam Barbee on July 31, 2011
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I am middle aged and usually read murder mysteries, but I checked out Saving Zasha when I saw it at the library. It is sad, funny, fast paced and worthwhile reading for aging sentimental fools. If you enjoy a good world war two story, this may interest you, too. I ordered copies for myself and a dog loving friend before I'd finished the second chapter. The dog on the cover cannot be the beautiful Zasha, though.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Marta on June 25, 2011
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According to my 13 year old son:

It is a good book. It tells you the effects that the war had on some families. Little acts like owning a German Sheppard was not allowed because they were at war with the Russians.

It is a little graphic for young children. Otherwise, it is highly recommended and is a good book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on May 20, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Saving a German Shepherd

I read a book called Saving Zasha by Randi Barrow.
The story takes place during post WW11 in Russia .A 13 year old boy named Mikhail finds a half dying man. Unfortunately over night the man dies, leaving his German shepherd for Mikhail and his family to keep and take care of. Because of the hatred for all thing German, they had to keep Zasha a secret or Zasha would be at risk of getting killed.
The reason I liked this book was because it was really interesting. Plus I like dogs. I would recommend this book to 4th graders and any grade above.

Jessica T
Mableton Elementary
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I started my working life as an adoption attorney. After twenty years I was able to begin writing full time. My first two books were historical fiction for middle grade kids. I've expanded into adult fiction with Chasing the Beatles. It was great fun to write, and I'm thrilled with the response I'm getting from readers. My love of music, and the Beatles in particular, helped inspire this book. And it hasn't hurt to be married to Arthur Barrow, a musician and composer, who has brought so much music into my life.

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