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.

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Interest Level Grade 6 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 8
Genre Social Studies, Young Adult
Category 5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Narrative Nonfiction, 5KN: Traditional Nonfiction, Animals
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 YAN003000, YAN025130, YAN003010
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

Author: Connie Goldsmith

Connie Goldsmith is a registered nurse with a bachelor of science degree in nursing and a master of public administration degree in health care. She has written numerous books for YA readers and nearly two hundred magazine articles. Her recent books include Kiyo Sato: From a WWII Japanese Internment Camp to a Life of Service (2020), a Junior Library Guild selection; Running on Empty: Sleeplessness in American Teens (2021); Understanding Coronaviruses: SARS, MERS, and the COVID-19 Pandemic (2021); and Bombs Over Bikini: The World's First Nuclear Disaster (2014), a Junior Library Guild selection, a Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year, an Association of Children's Librarians of Northern California Distinguished Book, and an SCBWI Crystal Kite Winner. She lives in Sacramento, California. Visit her website at


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