Dogs at War

Military Canine Heroes

  • Interest Level: Grade 6 - Grade 12   ·  
  • Reading Level: Grade 8

While in a war zone, a military working dog (MWD) and its handler live together, eat together, play together, sleep together, and risk their lives for each other every day. The dogs work with handlers in every branch of the US military. They guard military bases, sniff out concealed explosives and other weapons, and alert their handlers to hidden enemies.

Learn how the military selects these special dogs and trains them for the many tasks they perform while on duty. Meet Rex, Clipper, Maci, Iva, Ikar, and other MWDs who have served the US military in conflicts around the world.

Format Your Price
Interest Level Grade 6 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 8
Genre Nonfiction, Young Adult
Category 5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Narrative Nonfiction, 5KN: Traditional Nonfiction, Animals, Social Studies
Copyright 2017
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Twenty-First Century Books ™
Language English
Number of Pages 104
Publication Date 2017-01-01
Text Type Informational/Explanatory
BISACS YAN003010, YAN025130, YAN003000
Dewey 355.4/24
Dimensions 6 x 9
Lexile 1170
ATOS Reading Level 7.9
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 188525
Accelerated Reader® Points 5.0
Features Bibliography/further reading, Index, Primary source quotations/images, Reviewed, Source notes, Table of contents, and Websites


School Library Journal

“School libraries serving upper elementary and middle school students will want to consider this for purchase, as it not only is appealing but also offers a unique focus on a less covered aspect of the military.”—School Library Journal


“[A] thorough examination of U.S. military working dogs (MWDs). . . . This doesn’t skirt the darker parts . . . but happy-ending stories . . . abound, and the loyalty and respect soldiers have for their canine partners is undeniable.”—Booklist

Kirkus Reviews

“A smart salute to MWD that deserves a wide readership beyond dog lovers and military buffs.”—Kirkus Reviews

Author: Connie Goldsmith

Connie Goldsmith writes books about history, health, and science for older children. A retired RN with a master's degree in health, Ms. Goldsmith lives near Sacramento, California.