September 19, 2013

Duke by Kirby Larson

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duke130Duke by Kirby Larson

It is 1944, in the midst of World War II. Eleven-year-old Hobie Hansen desperately misses his father, a pilot flying for Uncle Sam overseas.

Hobie and his dog, Duke, are as close to each other as dog and boy can be. They do everything together: play fetch, eat, go to the grocer, listen to Hop Harrigan’s show and even sleep together! Then a Mr. Rasmussen appears, and asks Hobie to “loan” Duke to the Army for a program called “Dogs for Defense.” After thinking long and hard, Hobie decides to “DO everything he can” for his country and lets Duke go.

Hobie feels lost without Duke at his side. A new boy named Max arrives at school, but can he fill the void his father and Duke left behind?

From the start, Hobie and Duke will wiggle their way into your heart. Dog owners (and pet lovers), and especially World War II history buffs will enjoy this story of epic bravery. Kirby Larson really knows her stuff, and you will be transported back in time to 1944!

 Read a sample chapter and share your thoughts in the Comments below!

—Elysse, STACKS Writer

  1. pantherble178

    I think that there was a guy named max and a dog so that might be duke and that dude in the movie

  2. bagelcareful19

    i love that you made this book i love dogs so it good to find out what it going on

  3. skirtgills

    it was very sad and I cant belive its real and based on a true story when I read it

  4. Anonymous

    how do I read it !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. sierra

    This is one of the best books I have ever read. Its sad at some parts, but the biggest part is the end because it ends up being a very happy ending.

  6. candygiggly20

    my sister is crazy over dogs for her birthday i made her an account on stacks her username is purplepuppy23 so she loves duke!

  7. Mya

    I’ve ready another one of Larson’s books called “Dash”, and it was probably the best dog book I’ve ever read, and I’m sure this one will be just as amazing.

  8. horsegreen300

    hey there people are you talking about the book or what they will not make fun of the book

    okay this is from horsegreen300 and me as my freind please

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