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!
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—Elysse, STACKS Writer