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Soldier Dog

4.06 of 5 stars 4.06  ·  rating details  ·  250 ratings  ·  78 reviews
With his older brother gone to fight in the Great War, and his father prone to sudden rages,14-year-old Stanley devotes himself to taking care ofthe family’s greyhound andpuppies.Until themorning Stanley wakes to findthe puppies gone.

Determined to find his brother, Stanley runs away to join an increasingly desperate army. Assigned to the experimental War Dog School, Stanle
Paperback, 272 pages
Published June 3rd 2014 by Square Fish (first published 2012)
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Megan (Megan Likes Books)
I was very apprehensive to start this one for the same reasons that I've never seen War Horse. I'm a huge animal lover and I hate thinking of them being hurt even a little bit, let alone going through the horrors of war. But, I gathered up my courage and read this one anyway. And it was every bit as sad as I expected, but also more interesting than I expected.

This is one of those books you need to read beside a box of tissues. I kept a personal "cry counter" on this one and I believe my final ta
The best novel I've read in ages! If you love dogs this is the book for you. Please don't be put off by the war theme. I have no real interest in war books, & chose it solely because of the dog theme. I read it over 3 nights, as I found it very hard to put down, & cried at least twice each night. It left me loving my own dogs even more, & even though I read this a few months ago, I still regularly think about this book & how it affected me emotionally. This book will stay with me ...more
I immensely disliked the actions of Stanley's father as the book began. Despite the fact that Da was grieving, I found his actions unforgivable.

I am not fond of war stories and am repulsed by the violence and death.

I am extremely disturbed by cruelty toward animals. The military treatment of animals is an affront to the value of life. The use of horses in the story was reminiscent of the descriptions found in War Horse by Michael Morpurgo.

Despite the content of the book which I am sure accura
Set against the backdrop of World War I, 13-year old Stanley watches his beloved older brother Tom depart for service and soon joins him after a misunderstanding involving his father, Da.

The family dog runs off and returns pregnant which Da sees as a burden. He threatens to drown the puppies even though Stanley has developed a strong bond with the runt whom he has named Soldier in honor of his brother Tom. When Stanley awakens one morning unable to find Soldier he believes Da has made good on hi
Claire Hill
Oh my goodness, where do I start? This is quite simply the best book I have read in a long while. Although recommended to me ages ago, I've only just got round to reading this, as it's one of the two books I'll read this month for the bookclub I'm a member of.

I'll admit that I was initially a bit put off this book by the front cover picture and description on the back cover, as I'm not very interested in books about war and fighting. However, although it is set during the first world war and a l
This is a great book. I love how the author could describe the feelings of the characters or their environment so vividly. I could picture the whole scene in my mind throughout the whole story, so I enjoyed reading the book very much. At one point of the story, I could feel the grief and sorrow of Stanley that I found myself tearing up while reading that page. This is how well the author had describe the feelings of the characters. Also, I had many questions throughout the book, but I managed to ...more
Katy Noyes
I don't know why I kept bypassing this on the library shelf, but I was persuaded I needed to read this and I gave in. I listened to the audio version and recommend this as a great edition with a clear and appropriate voice, and an easy story to follow by ear.

I loved this. Very much in the vein of Michael Morpurgo (with obvious similarities to War Horse in this case), it's a three-tissue (if not more) affair, that brings home the issues of animals used in wartime within the moving story of a fami
A boy goes into war to find his brother not knowing that the two dogs he trains one dies in action and one is his dog at home sons not knowing that Stanley loses his sight
This had a kind of War Horse vibe going for it, and I never fully fell into the story. Maybe it was the uneasy resemblance to war Horse that made me feel that way, but I'm not sure. It was good in parts, and I especially felt sorry for Bones. Guessed the ending again, boo. I've got to stop imagining how books end, because I wreck them for myself. Three Stars, although I tossed up between three and four. shame I couldn't like this, I've been looking forward to reading it since purchasing it a few ...more
Bethany Mcguirk
Angus, S. (2012). Soldier Dog. New York, NY: Feiwel and Friends.

Fiction Choice: historical fiction
ALA 2014 Notable Children’s Books – Middle Readers

Soldier Dog is another great war book for upper elementary and middle school readers. Fourteen year old, Stanley lives in England during WWI. After his mother died, and his much older brother joined the army and left to fight in France, Stanley was left to live alone with his mean and uncaring father. After his father completed an act that Stanley de
Aaron C
Soldier Dog by Sam Angus was a pretty good book. I really enjoyed the description that the author gave. For example, he really describes the battle scenes well, and that was extremely helpful, because obviously, I've never seen a battle before. The author did a really job researching about World War II, he seems to completely understand it. Additionally, I thought that the plot was really interesting; it "sucked" me into the story. I like historical fiction novels, like Soldier Dog, so I liked t ...more
I cried my eyes out - a truly beautiful story that is stunningly written. Every one should read this amazing novel.
Recensito su ChiaraLeggeTroppo.

Parto sempre un po’ prevenuta e molto molto molto spaventata, quando si tratta di libri per cani. L’averne uno, ma soprattutto l’aver imboccato un determinato percorso assieme a lei, mi ha portata ad abbracciare la cultura cinofila con assoluta radicalità e il mio sguardo si è fatto esageratamente critico nei confronti di qualsiasi cosa possa anche solo accennare una parvenza di ignoranza sulla materia. Mi rifiuto categoricamente di leggere un libro che, per quanto
Deb Tyo
I had to take this one slowly due to my pitiful lack of background knowledge on World War I. However, Soldier, Bones, and Pistol (the war dogs) kept me engaged and reading until the very end which did NOT disappoint.

I will gladly hand this novel to my eighth graders in the fall. Vocabulary is challenging, and I don't think I would have handed Soldier Dog to one of my sixth graders last year without support.

This is definitely a Kleenex book--you will want to keep the tissues handy while reading
Ci sono dei romanzi a cui non so proprio resistere, sono quei tipi di romanzi che hanno come protagonisti gli animali e quel rapporto speciale che riescono a creare con alcuni uomini.
Questo tipo di storie mi entrano sempre nel cuore e non ne escono più! Perciò, come dire di no alla meravigliosa avventura del 14enne Stanley e del suo compagno a quattro zampe Soldier?
È il 1917 e Stanley ha perso tutto: la madre portata via dalla malattia, il fratello maggiore, Tom, che si è arruolato in guerra e i
This is another one of the books I have to read for 'Book Day' at work. I have to admit I wasn't really looking forward to this one, I tend to read to escape the real world, I prefer fantasy or dystopian etc. Books like this are just a little bit too real for me. But I tried to stay open minded, and I have to say that it is very well written and I couldn't help but like Stanley.
Set in 1917 the First World War is in full swing. Stanley's big brother Tom is away fighting in the war and Stanley is
Ms. Yingling
Stanley's life in rural Lancashire in 1917 is troubled. His mother has died, his brother Tom is off fighting in France, and the only bright spot is his dog Rocket. Unfortunately, Stanley let Rocket (a champion racer) out of the house when she was in heat, and by the time he retrieves her, she is pregnant. The father is very displeased; not only will the puppies be "tinker's dogs", but Rocket will not be as fast. When he chooses to drown the runt of the litter, Soldier,this is the final straw. St ...more
For starters I loved the cover art. Soldier Dog is one of the best historical fiction books for ages 10-up I've read this year. It takes place during WWI and features a fourteen year old boy who enlists and is assigned to the British Messenger Dog Service. It's a story of survival with dramatic, action-packed scenes and heroic dogs. It's a realistic view of the horrors of war without being too gruesome. The author depicts the close bonds and emotions between the dogs and their handlers.

When I r
Alex Baugh
It is May 1917, the war is still raging in France, but Stanley Ryder, 13, is in big trouble back home in Lancashire, England. Things between him and his Da haven't been very good since him mother's death and favored older brother Tom enlisted in army help win the war. Now, Stanley has let his father's prized greyhound, Rocket, out and the dog is missing and in heat.

When the mixed breed puppies are born, the is a runt among that is about to die, but Stanley saves him and named him Soldier after
This review is spoiler free.

A beautiful and heartbreaking story, Soldier Dog is the perfect book about loyalty and love. I couldn't help but fall deep in love with this book.

I'm a huge lover of dogs, so putting that element into Soldier Dog was extraordinary for me. And the love and friendship between Stanley and Bones was fantastic. Angus has crafted together a marvelous story that I couldn't put down - I had to know what was going to happen to our beloved characters! And let me forewarn you
Jul 25, 2013 Karen rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone!
Recommended to Karen by: Hong Kong Interschool Battle of the Books 2013
This story, set in England during the WWI, is about a fourteen-year-old Stanley, who is an animal lover. When Da, his father, threatens to drown the new litter of dogs, he is angry. They sell most of the dogs except one special dog called Soldier, and one morning, Stanley finds that the dog he loves most, Soldier, is nowhere to be found. Stanley’s instincts told him that Da drowned him. Stanley then runs off to enroll in the army, where there would be a chance to meet his brother, who is fightin ...more
Stanley’s mother is dead and his only brother is away at war. When Stanley runs away from home to escape his turned-abusive, grief-crazed father, he lies about his age and joins the military. Stanley lands a post as a dog handler whose dog must be so loyal that it will cross no-man’s-land alone under heavy fire to return to his side, carrying documents that may save many lives.

Conditions are bleak and only the strongest and bravest survive. When Stanley’s first dog dies after a brutal mission,
Penny Peck
Although this is easy to compare to Michael Morpurgo's WAR HORSE, this is a strong tween novel on its own. Stanley is not getting along with his widowed father, and desperately misses his older brother Tom who is in France fighting in WWI. Stanley lies about his age and joins up, and is assigned to the unit that trains messenger dogs. Stanley and his dog Bones see action, and in what could be an unbelievabl plot twist, is given another dog to train - it is a dog he already knows. The plot has so ...more
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Kathy Martin
Sam Angus centers her story around a little known aspect of World War I. I certainly didn't know that 100,000 dogs assisted the armies on the battlefield in a number of ways. This is the story of a young boy named Stanley Ryder who runs away to enlist and finds himself working with those dogs.

Stanley had been living with his father who had lost himself in grief when his wife suddenly died and when his older son went off to war. Stanley's Da had turned bitter and angry and took out that anger on
Soldier Dog was a bit of a departure from what I normally read, but it’s good to mix things up from time to time, isn’t it? It’s a middle grade historical fiction novel that takes place during the tail-end of World War I. Fourteen-year-old Stanley lives alone with his angry father after the death of his mother and the enlistment of his older brother. When their prize dog gets pregnant by a local mutt, Stanley’s father writes off the puppies before they’re even born. Stanley, though, loves dogs, ...more
J L's Bibliomania
Another book that I might have enjoyed more if I had not read it while sick. Soldier Dog is aimed at middle grade readers, and as a result paints the horrors of war with a very pastel brush. Despite that, the book is not for the overly sensitive young reader as it alludes to the terrible conditions in the trenches of World War I and follows the death of not one, but two messenger dogs in the care of our underage soldier protagonist before his eventual wounding and discharge.

Jacob Atkinson
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I received a physical ARC from the publisher. It was one I had agreed to take despite it being about a human-animal bond during wartime, which more than likely means said animal will die. I was prepared. I made it about halfway through.

Really, the writing was almost like a fairy tale, very soft and non-threatening yet not dumbed down. I think my younger self would have enjoyed it. I think my older self would have enjoyed it as well, had I been
The Styling Librarian
Soldier Dog by Sam Angus – Historical Fiction, 5th grade and up – wow. Absolutely adored this book. I couldn’t stop reading it. Just such a touching and heart wrenching story simultaneously. Loved the characters and how they grew through the book. Quite a special introduction with a young boy who was desperately searching for his father’s dog. It introduced his search, hope, and angst missing his older brother who was off in France fighting in WWII and how he had a challenging relationship with ...more
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