An action-packed, heartwarming story of a World War I canine hero
When the British military asks for dogs to help the war effort, Darling’s family reluctantly sends her to be trained as a mercy dog. Through gunfire and poisonous gases, it’s Darling’s job to find injured soldiers on the battlefield and fetch help from the medics. After saving the lives of numerous soldiers, Darling suddenly finds herself in need of rescue. Will she ever make it back to England?
This wartime adventure, the first installment in Alison Hart’s Dog Chronicles series, is a touching and exciting introduction to World War I. Darling’s story of bravery and devotion reminds readers that dogs can be so much more than pets.
“Descriptions of life on the Belgian front carry weight. Montgomery’s soft pencil drawings reinforce the affection between Darling and her handlers, and back matter offers additional facts about WWI and military dogs.” ―Publishers Weekly
“The simple narrative is detailed but never graphic… While never shying away from the tragedies of battle, Darling’s story focuses on bravery, sacrifice and devotion. Finely detailed pencil sketches and an afterword explaining the history behind the story are included. Wartime adventure with plenty of heart.” ―Kirkus Reviews
Kansas State Reading Circle Recommended Reading List (Starred, Intermediate) ―Kansas National Education Association, 2014
Delaware Diamonds (Nominee, Grades 3-5) ―Diamond State Reading Association, 2014-2015
Golden Sower Award (Nominee, Intermediate) ―Nebraska Library Association, 2015-2016
AR Level: 4.9
F&P: GRL V, Gr 5, Genre F
Themes: Bravery, Dogs, Loyalty, World War I
BISAC 1: JUV016080 JUVENILE FICTION / Historical / Military & Wars
BISAC 2: JUV016040 JUVENILE FICTION / Historical / Europe
BISAC 3: JUV002070 JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Dogs