Dogs at War
Military Canine Heroes
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.
|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|
|Publisher||Lerner Publishing Group|
|Imprint||Twenty-First Century Books ™|
|Number of Pages||104|
|BISACS||YAN003000, YAN025130, YAN003010|
|Dimensions||6 x 9|
|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, and Table of contents|
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
“A smart salute to MWD that deserves a wide readership beyond dog lovers and military buffs.”—Kirkus Reviews
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 http://www.conniegoldsmith.com/.