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 Strongheart : wonder dog of the silver screen
 Author: Fleming, Candace

 Publisher:  Schwartz & Wade Books (2018)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 245 p., ill., 21 cm

 BTSB No: 341240 ISBN: 9781101934104
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 German shepherd dog -- Fiction
 Dogs -- Fiction
 Working dogs -- Fiction
 Motion pictures -- Production and direction -- Fiction

Price: $22.58

A German shepherd is transformed from Etzel, a police dog in Berlin, to Strongheart, a silent movie star that will need his best acting skills to prove himself innocent of attacking a girl.

 Illustrator: Rohmann, Eric
Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 4.10
   Points: 2.0   Quiz: 194405
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: 3-5
   Reading Level: 3.20
   Points: 6.0   Quiz: 72780

   Kirkus Reviews (11/01/17)
   School Library Journal (11/01/17)
   Booklist (+) (11/01/17)
 The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (A) (00/02/18)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 11/01/2017 Gr 4–6—Fleming and Rohmann (Bulldozer's Big Day; Oh No!; and Giant Squid) team up on a new book based on the true story of Strongheart, a vicious police dog turned lovable silent movie star. A puppy named Etzel is taken from his family and trained to act against his gentle instincts. Meanwhile, Larry Trimble and Jane Murfin, movie producer and screenwriter, respectively, are searching for a canine who can actually act. When Larry discovers Etzel, he renames him Strongheart and sets out to make him a silent movie star. He becomes a Hollywood sensation, able to convey emotions on-screen and sniff out the bad guys in real life. Rohmann's illustrations largely consist of Strongheart in various situations (at police dog training, on his first movie set, meeting orphan boys), with very few drawings of the human characters. The subject matter, coupled with the illustrations, make Strongheart ideal for reluctant readers, particularly animal lovers. The back matter (which includes photos of Strongheart and his on-and-off-screen partner, Lady Jule) is extensive enough to satisfy curiosity about the real Strongheart and illuminate the sections of the book that are Fleming's speculation, such as those parts of the story told from Strongheart's perspective. VERDICT This fictionalized account of true events provides a look into the life of a little-known historical figure, and makes an excellent choice for general purchase.—Jessica Ko, Los Angeles Public Library - Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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