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|No better friend : a man, a dog, and their incredible true story of friendship and survival in World War II|
Author: Weintraub, Robert
Tells the incredible true story of Frank Williams, a radarman in Britain's Royal Air Force, and Judy, a purebred pointer, who met as prisoners of war during World War II. Judy, who became the war's only official canine POW, was a fiercely loyal dog who sensed danger--warning her fellow prisoners of imminent attacks and, later, protecting them from brutal beatings. Frank and Judy's friendship, an unbreakable bond forged in the worst circumstances, is one of the great recently uncovered stories of World War II.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 7.30
Points: 9.0 Quiz: 182610
|Reading Counts Information:|
Interest Level: 6-8
Reading Level: 9.20
Points: 14.0 Quiz: 69019
Kirkus Reviews (-) (02/15/16)
School Library Journal (02/01/16)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 02/01/2016 Gr 6–9—Weintraub's middle grade adaptation of his adult book is an almost unbelievable tale of animal survival and loyalty amid the horrors of World War II. Born in Shanghai, China, Judy the purebred pointer dog began her military career when she was adopted by a group of English sailors who took her onboard a gunboat and eventually moved her to Singapore just as World War II reached the Pacific. Judy survived sinking ships, torpedoed boats, and life on a desert island before following her human companions to a Japanese internment camp, where she met Frank Williams, a radarman in the Royal Air Force. The friendship between the two, as well as Judy's encouragement and protection of other men interned at the camp, helped raise spirits in a desperate situation. Readers will appreciate this work, which has been lovingly and engagingly adapted by Weintraub. Through accessible language, the author makes it clear that he is inferring many aspects of the narrative. Sidebars on topics such as the Sino-Japanese War, the Battle of Britain, and post-traumatic stress disorder among soldiers add context. Photographs are frequent, well chosen, and clearly captioned. A thorough notes section (present in the adult version) is left out. VERDICT An enormously readable account of animal and human companionship and survival; recommended for budding historians and fans of survival stories.—Kristy Pasquariello, Wellesley Free Library, MA - Copyright 2016 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 04/01/2016 This young-reader adaptation of a New York Times adult nonfiction best-seller is about an extraordinary dog who inspired and protected British prisoners in Japanese internment camps during WWII. Vivid descriptions detail the bond between Judy, an English Pointer, and Frank Williams, an English POW. Judy had an unnatural ability to sense danger and communicate timely warnings. Frank, a traumatized introvert until he connected with Judy, trained the dog to follow sophisticated commands, and together the pair survived horrific situations. More important, Judy’s presence in the camps served as a reminder of home and normalcy and, according to multiple testimonies, kept hope alive for several desperate prisoners. Brisk action and cliff-hangers keep the story moving, although younger readers may have difficulty with some of the content; conditions were harsh, and thousands of prisoners died. Multiple sidebars update the evolving war in the Pacific, creating context. As with Weintraub’s other titles, this is well written and engaging, and it will be welcomed by military history enthusiasts and animal-lovers. - Copyright 2016 Booklist.