Bound To Stay Bound

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 Remembering Vera
 Author: Polacco, Patricia

 Publisher:  Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (2017)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [32] p., col. ill., 28 cm

 BTSB No: 723359 ISBN: 9781481442275
 Ages: 4-8 Grades: K-3

 United States. -- Coast Guard -- Fiction
 Rescues -- Fiction
 Dogs -- Fiction

Price: $22.58

A stray dog secretly adopted by the men of a U.S. Coast Guard base in San Francisco Bay proves to be a hero.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: 4.80
   Points: .5   Quiz: 191791
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: 3-5
   Reading Level: 3.70
   Points: 3.0   Quiz: 72344

   Kirkus Reviews (07/01/17)
   School Library Journal (07/01/17)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 07/01/2017 K-Gr 3—Decades ago, a serviceman from the U.S. Coast Guard adopted an abandoned puppy and named her Vera. The men in the unit were charmed by the playful mutt but feared their commander, the Ol' Man, would give her away if she were discovered, so they kept her hidden. One day, a distress call came in from a sailboat caught in a horrific storm, and the company (including the Ol' Man) raced out to aid the trapped passengers. The harsh winds and unforgiving rip currents prevented any rescue attempts, and it was at that moment that Vera appeared on deck. The men convinced the Ol' Man that she could swim out and bring a lifeline to the terrified passengers, and in desperation he agreed. It was a tremendous and daring effort that resulted not only in saved lives but also in a lifelong friendship between the commander and Vera. Polacco expertly depicts the enduring love between man and canine through her engaging text and energetic and joyous illustrations. The book chronicles even more courageous rescues by Vera, and the ending will pull at heartstrings. Never maudlin, this inspiring offering is sure to captivate. Polacco's own role in the story is intriguing, and the author's note will spark lively conversation. VERDICT It's hard to resist a tale about a heroic dog, and there is no use in even trying with this latest title by the esteemed author/illustrator. Pair with Dorothy Hinshaw Patent's Dogs on Duty: Soldiers' Best Friends on the Battlefield and Beyond for a wider look at dogs in the military.—Amy Nolan, St. Joseph Public Library, MI - Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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