Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Saving Zasha by Randi G. Barrow
Mikhail and his brother Nikolai find an injured man in the woods near their house. He is accompanied by a beautiful German shepherd named Zasha. Although the boys and their mother help the man, he dies of his infection. The family decides to keep Zasha but it is a dangerous choice for them since this is set at the end of World War II. Russians, fresh from the war with Germany, are destroying anything German at all including the dogs who were trained to help the German soldiers. Although Zasha is a good dog, she would likely be stolen or killed if anyone found her. With dog thieves and a local reporter closing in, the family has to work hard to keep Zasha safe and the stakes are even higher when they find out she's going to have puppies soon. This story is a feel good piece but written for younger audiences than the typical middle schooler.