February 23, 2011

Saving Zasha

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Blog_savingZasha Welcome to Scholastic Booktalks where we recommend brand new Scholastic books that we think you will love. Today's booktalk is: Saving Zasha by Randi Barrow.

It's 1945, and even though World War II has ended, there is still bad blood between Germans and Russians. Many Russians even believe that owning a German Shepherd dog is the same as being a traitor to Russia. If you're caught with a German Shepherd you could be sent to a labor camps and never seen again.

One day, while walking through the forest, Mikhail is shocked to stumble upon a badly injured man and his German Shepherd. After bringing the dog, called Zasha, and the man back to his house, Mikhail recognizes what a special dog she is. She might be the only German Shepherd in all of Russia!

When Zasha's owner dies, Mikhail is determined to keep Zasha at all costs. There are dangerous men who steal dogs from their owners and sell them to the highest bidder. And there are also those who kill German Shepherds for revenge. But that will never happen to Zasha! Mikhail and his family find the perfect hiding spot for her and train her not to bark in case unwelcome visitors come to their house.

But what happens when Mikhail's nosy classmate Katia comes to their house? She thinks of herself as a reporter and has come to the conclusion that Mikhail and his family own a dog. Will Katia inform the town and the police about Zasha's existence?

If you own a dog, or hope to have one someday, read the inspirational tale of Mikhail and his dog in Saving Zasha by Randi Barrow.

—Jen, Scholastic Booktalker

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  1. amethystcat55

    I have the book at my house and I am reading it at home and is sad to read the decrepition and you learn what happened back then during the war which is sad to learn that the war is keeping the boy and the dog from being friends.Omg the sadest thing that happens in the story is that the dog and the boy are not able to be friends because of the war that they are in and the dog is hurt and he has to save sasha and the boy is not the supose to because sasha is a dog that is on the other side of the people on the war.

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  2. orangeocean24

    Wow. I want to rad this book. I have a German Shepherd. She’s so pretty and one smart dog. I like reading about other dogs.

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  3. Sarah

    I think that this book looks worth reading. I saw it at my school’s book fair but didn’t think of buying it. I might check it out of the library instead.

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  4. kaya

    almost everyone in my class has zasha its also a guided reading book my teacher got a bunch of free copies of it in the december book orders we also got to pick out a free book too isnt schoolastic and schoolastic bookorders awsome lol out

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  5. saltlife782

    I think I will enjoy reading this boook. It sounds interesting with a mystery and a little suspense and action though a little sad. Thank you to the person that put Saving Zasha on the blog. People will love this book.

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  6. owlgirl

    This book is about the aftermath of WWII in Russia. The russians dislike anything that has to do with Germany, and that includes German Shepards. When Mikhail and his family find a german shepard, they know they must hide it, otherwise the dog could be shot. This story is basically the story of a family and a very special dog.

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  7. owlgirl

    I just got this book from our book fair, and it is REALLY good. It is just one surprise after another. I couldn’t put the book down. THIS BOOK IS REALLY GOOD!

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  8. Masha

    Zasha isn’t a russian name. I’m russian, so I know. It sounds interesting though, and Katia sounds like a smart girl.
    Wonder if someone translated this book into russian.

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  9. owlgirl

    This sounds like a good book. It sounds find of suspenseful, but with animals. I like both of these things, so this sounds like a book I will really enjoy.

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