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Saving Zasha Hardcover – January 1, 2011

4.7 out of 5 stars 83 customer 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

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"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.
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Product Details

  • 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 (83 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,163,805 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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My ten year old ordered this book because he enjoys books about animals and their stories. He got half way through this book and said he didn't want to finish it because it was too intense. We are putting it away until he is ready for this story.
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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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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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This is an exciting book! I am reading it to my fourth grade class and they can't wait to find out what happens next! I read the first book in the series to them and then had to order this one because we were left hanging in suspense!
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My son read Finding Zasha first, and is now reading Saving Zasha. My 9 yr old son loves the books so much that he can't stop reading, I have to force him to put it away and turn out the light. The story line is perfect for his age group - historical fiction, war, a 'hero boy', dogs. I love that it's a good book that's teaching him some history while exciting him about reading. I sincerely hope this author will write more books!
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