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The Dogs of Winter
by Bobbie Pyron

Overview - Brought to Moscow in 1990's Russia by his mother's abusive boyfriend, five-year-old Mishka is forced by a gang of homeless children to lie and steal until he finds comfort and love with a pack of dogs. Includes a historical note.  Read more...

 
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Overview
Brought to Moscow in 1990's Russia by his mother's abusive boyfriend, five-year-old Mishka is forced by a gang of homeless children to lie and steal until he finds comfort and love with a pack of dogs. Includes a historical note.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780545399302
  • ISBN-10: 0545399300
  • Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books
  • Publish Date: October 2012
  • Page Count: 312
  • Reading Level: Ages 9-12


Related Categories

Books > Juvenile Fiction > Animals - Dogs
Books > Juvenile Fiction > People & Places - Europe
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Social Issues - Homelessness & Poverty

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2012-10-08
  • Reviewer: Staff

As she did in A Dog’s Way Home (2011), Pyron delivers a reflective, hard-hitting story about the bond between child and dog—in this case, seven of them. Inspired by the real-life story of a boy who survived on the streets of Moscow in the mid-1990s, the novel exposes the plight of many homeless, orphaned Russian children after the fall of the Soviet Union. Mishka—abandoned at age five by an abusive man who lived with (and presumably killed) Mishka’s mother—befriends a pack of bedraggled wild dogs; together, they beg and forage for food, sleep in metro stations, ride trains to stay warm, and avoid military personnel intent on capturing them. The book’s emotional impact is immense; Mishka grapples with his identity as his memories of his mother gradually fade and he becomes increasingly feral. Though some scenes of Mishka and the dogs’ trials can be a bit repetitive, their sameness underscores their unremitting and often heartbreaking battle to survive, day after day. Ages 10–14. Agent: Alyssa Eisner Henkin, Trident Media Group. (Oct.)

 
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