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Sunday, February 15, 2009

Cracker (YA) (4.5/5)

Cracker (YA) (4.5/5)
Cracker is turned over to the US Army by her owners when they cannot afford to keep her. Cracker is going to be trained as an Army dog and go to Vietnam. Rick is her handler and eventually, after training, they bond. They get shipped to Vietnam and Rick sees the reality of war. Cracker does very well in Vietnam and begins to earn a reputation as a great search dog. The disturbing thing is what happened to these dogs when the war is over--most of them were either put to sleep or left in Vietnam. Some lucky dogs were sent back to the United States. Thankfully, military dogs are no longer considered "equipment" and are returned to the US after their military duty.
This was a quick read. This book gives a good glimpse what Vietnam was like and would be a great book for MS and HS boys. Fans of war books and dog books would like this book.

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