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Cracker!: The Best Dog in Vietnam

4.27 of 5 stars 4.27  ·  rating details  ·  3,366 ratings  ·  436 reviews
Cracker is one of the United States Army’s most valuable weapons: a German shepherd trained to sniff out bombs, traps, and the enemy. The fate of entire platoons rests on her keen sense of smell. She’s a Big Deal, and she likes it that way. Sometimes Cracker remembers when she was younger, and her previous owner would feed her hot dogs and let her sleep in his bed. That wa...more
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Published February 27th 2007 by Listening Library (Audio) (first published January 1st 2007)
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Cracker! has a value all its own. I read this book in 2 days but only because I had to sleep and I fell asleep thinking about it. I was that enthralled. I adore Cracker, and Rick is a great owner. I can relate to Rick's frustration in the beginning of the book with both Cracker and himself.

I like that you get the perspective of Cracker, Cracker's previous owner Willie, and Rick; it makes the book more interesting. Rick and Cracker don't just make a team, but a relationship. They have a bond that...more
Jennifer Wardrip
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This book tells the story of a Vietnam hero. It's not your usual run-of-the-mill war story because it's told from two points of view. A young soldier named Rick Hanski and a German shepherd he trained for the military share the spotlight as they recount their adventures from training camp to active duty in the jungles of Vietnam.

Cracker and Rick are paired together in training to sniff out bombs, booby-traps, and enemy soldiers....more
Feb 21, 2010 Thomas rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Animal lovers
More like a 3.5 stars. Cracker is used to the pampered life as a family dog, but that's about to change. Her owner is a young boy named Willie, but he has to give her up. So he sends her off to become a trained military scout dog in the Vietnam war. There, she is paired up with Rick Hanski. Rick wants to whip the world and prove to everybody that he is capable of serving in the army. While undergoing training, they slowly begin to trust each other - because if they don't then it could cost both...more
I wasn't sure how this book would be received. It's a bit more graphic and violent than other books we've read before. But they hung on every word and as soon as we finished the book, literally, the 2 youngest asked me to read it again. Starting right then.

While this book talks a great deal about Vietnam, you need an additional source to really understand the war, especially why we entered and why we left and what that meant long-term. This is more a personal story and talks about stuff that ha...more
Sep 24, 2007 added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who need somthing interesting to read
Cracker the best dog in vietnam is a book about a dog that is taken from her home in chicago to be trained as a military dog that has a hard time adjusting to the life swap. when she recived a new trainer Rick he would stay with her for the rest of the story...mostly. At first they go through training and meet some new people. When they get to nam they don't see alot of action but later in the story they go on a misson with the special forces wich dos't contibute to the stoy much. the next misso...more
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Cameron Wall
This story is about a dog named Cracker. She is a german-shepard that is big and strong. She originally lived with Willy until Willy's dad lost his job and had to move into an apartment but the problem is is that the apartment doesn't allow dogs. So they send Cracker off to the military and her her dog handler is Rick. At first she was one of the worst dogs and hated Rick but eventually she learns to love and obey him. They train for sniffing out booby traps and other hazardous objects. When the...more
this is about a dog that gets sent to vietnam she ends up being the best!this is such a great book.
Noah F
In Cracker, even when things change rapidly you should adapt to whatever life throws at you. That is exactly what Rick and Cracker do throughout the book. The book starts in Chicago with a boy named Willie. Willie is a boy who loves his dog Cracker. They have been together ever since Willie was 6 months old. Cracker is an extremely smart Germain Shepard.Then they must move to an apartment because his father got laid off. The apartment does not allow dogs so, they are faced with 2 choices, send w...more
the best most awsome most saspensful most eye-tearing book ever!!!!!
it's about this dog named cracker. she's a bit of a trouble maker, but is one of the smartest dogs out there. her boy willie and his parents are haveing a tought time because willie's dad just lost his job forceing the whole family to move to an apartment were they arn't aloud to have large dogs. being a full grown unusuly large germen sheperd, the land lord has given the family 1 month to get rid of her or be throw out of the a...more
Matthew M
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Author: Cynthia Kadohata
Book Name: Cracker!
Pages: 308

Brief Summary: This book is about a dog named Cracker and his owner Willie are about to get separated from each other because Willie's dad lost his job so they had to move into an apartment and they had 30 days to get rid of the dog, so one day Willie is looking in this article and he sees that they need more dogs to go to Vietnam, so Willie sends Cracker to Vietnam and he gets a trainer named Rick. Rick and Cracker don...more
Jonathan V
I believe the author of this book is trying to tell a historical fiction book about courage, love, and compassion. The book was about a dog named Cracker who lives with a boy named Willy, Cracker was later sent for training in Vietnam. Cracker is tough, harmful, but a caring dog. When at the base’s kennel she was getting trained for combat. At which when she got the trainer of Rick Hanski. Rick Hanski thought it would a good idea to join the army because he thought he could “Whip the World”. The...more
Cracker1 the best dog in vietnam was pretty good, well when Rick Hanski wants to whip the world in some way and show his family that he has what it takes to be a soldier in the vietnam war. Cracker is a German shepherd who is shipped out to war to snip out bombs, drugs, traps, and the enemy but when Rick and Cracker has to team up together they also have to work up a friendship and manage to get out of war alive. with their team work and effort and a dog who just maybe thev best dog in vietnam t...more
Cracker is a German Shepard, bred as a show dog, until she breaks here leg, then she becomes the pet of Willie, until his family is forced to move into an apartment that doesn't allow pets. Willie finds an ad that advertises the need for dogs to be trained and serve in Vietnam as bomb sniffing, booby traps etc. She is paired with Rick a 17 yr old to serve in the Infantry Platoon Scout Dog. While Cracker doesn't forget Willie, but bonds well with Rick. When Rick is wounded during a battle, Cracke...more
Nadya Citra
A story about a heroic German Shepherd dog called Cracker, who went to the Vietnam War and saved lots of people's lives with her handler, Rick. This book written by Cynthia Kadohata has inspired me and make me think that I should get closer to my dog. Cracker used to be living with with an 11-year old boy named Willie, whose father lots his jobs. Willie and his family had to move into an apartment who doesn't allow dogs to be in the apartment. Though he had a hard time giving up, he had to leave...more
In the book Cracker it is about a dog named Cracker who lives with an only child Willy and his Mom and Dad. They move into a Chicago apartment which doesn't allow dogs so that means they have to get rid of her. If they don't get rid of her in 30 days then he has to go to the army. They don't get rid of her in 30 days so he goes to the army. She meets a lot of friends that are Humans and dogs. read this book and see what happens in war. Does she survive or die? Who ever likes war books i recommen...more
Ian Galbraoth
This book is an amazing writing by Cynthia Kadohata. I love this book a TON and can't wait for more of her writings. I would rate this book a 5 out of 5 because it was just the perfect book for people like me. When cracker has to leave Willie they both knew it would be hard. Cracker is then forced to go to Vietnam to fight in the war. Rick keeps saying they will whip the world but things aren't looking too good... I absolutely loved this book because of the wording the author used to describe th...more
Illuminating Dog Tale—Best for Upper Elementary Students

Man’s best friend—man’s life saver—that’s a hero of a German Shepard and the star of “Cracker, the Best Dog in Vietnam,” by Cynthia Kadohata. This incredible story of the bond between a young soldier and his dog is told in human and canine voices bringing to light the struggles Cracker and his master endure in the jungles and rice paddies of Vietnam.
Cracker comes to know this new life of strife when his young owner Willie has to give him u...more
I believe the message is that trust can keep you alive. It takes place at a boot camp and in Vietnam during the Vietnam War, mostly in jungles. The characters are a great German shepherd named cracker, her handler rick, rick's fellow handlers 20 and Cody, and their drill Sargent. When cracker's old owner moves into an apartment, he can’t keep cracker. So he gives her to the military. Rick wants to whip the world so to speak, so he becomes a dog handler. They are paired up with each other they mu...more
I read Cracker by Cynthia Kadohata. Have you ever thought of being in a War especially the Vietnam war and have no idea what you are doing. This book is about a man named Rick and A dog named Cracker that have an incredible experience with each other in Vietnam. Cracker in my opinion is a very trustworthy dog that follows directions very well. When Rick and Cracker are in Vietnam one of Cracker's very important jobs are to find mines and bombs that are hidden anywhere in the jungle. Have you eve...more
Adrianne Snyder
This was indeed a very good book. about a dog (german sheppard to be exact) that loves her boy. but when the family moves they must get rid of her, so they sell her to the army. as an army dog she has a new handler, and makes new doggie friends. but because of her stiff and stubborn personality she is not a faveorite among the K-9 handlers. When she is sent off to Vietnam she is along side her handler and 2 best doggie compainions, Trixie and Bruno. Well spoiler alert!: Both Trixie and Bruno die...more
Kristin King
Great Vietnam read/listen for Middle Grade readers (5th-8th grade). Our family enjoys animal stories regardless, but in this we got to hear what Cracker is experiencing, what her owner thinks, and then how her handler in the Army is motivated and communicating with Cracker. The different points of view are blended to drive the story forward and provide special insight into the setting. What does the jungle smell like? How does a trip wire sound?

This book also provides terrific exposure to the e...more
Cracker by Cynthia Kadohata is a great book. One thing that I really liked was the multiple perspectives between Cracker and Rick. It was good to see how Rick would feel about a situation compared to his dog Cracker. Another great thing is how Cracker as a character devolves through the book. When she is forced out of her home to go to Vietnam to fight in the war. At first she is scared and hostile to leaving then she forms a bond with her 17 year old trainer Rick later in the book.

The book star...more
Paul Rockthief
I enjoy reading juniors books (I am an old guy) because there are many treasures to be found. This book is one of them. Author Kadohata clearly did her research before she wrote this novel. Her portrayal of people during this sad time in history is spot on. I thank her for that. Some others slog thru their research but Ms. Kadohata spent valuable time and turned out an accurate and heartfelt novel. There is no glory in war; never has been and there never will be. However, there are glorious indi...more
Logan B
"Cracker" was a very interesting book for many reasons. My favorite part was when they finally Rick and Cracker became okay with each other and started doing better in basic training. My favorite character was Cracker because of all the courage she showed from being a house dog to becoming a Army Search Dog. I surprisingly did not have a least favorite part in this book, I thought it was excellent all around. I thought it was funny that whenever Rick, her handler, came around Cracker expected to...more
This is an awesome relistic fiction book about a realationship with a dog named cracker and his handler.
This book is AWESOME!!
Wow!!What can I say??This might just be my favourite book ever!!
This book made me cry. It was very sad when cracker had to depart from Willie
A great book that keeps your blood turning all the way to the end.
Joan Stelter
A good book for history and dog lovers. Plus, the dog doesn't die!
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Cynthia Kadohata is a Japanese American writer known for writing coming of age stories about Asian American women.

She spent her early childhood in the South; both her first adult novel and first children's novel take place in Southern states. Her first adult novel was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year.

Her first children's book, Kira-Kira, won the 2005 Newbery Medal. Her first published s...more
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