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Cracker!: The Best Dog in Vietnam

4.27 of 5 stars 4.27  ·  rating details  ·  3,819 ratings  ·  485 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 w
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Paperback, 320 pages
Published October 7th 2008 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2007)
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Valerie
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
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Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Sally Kruger, aka "Readinngjunky" for TeensReadToo.com

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.
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Thomas
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
Heather
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
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Mr.me
Sep 24, 2007 Mr.me 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
Kaedyn
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
Destinee
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
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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
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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
Hunter Alexander
This book about a German Shepard Army dog with a historical twist was one of the best books I have read all year! The book is about Cracker the dog, and her handler/owner Rick and their adventure in Vietnam. They face soldiers, dangerous missions, and the chance to be split from each other. In the end some of Cracker's dog friends end up dead and that was very sad. However, it was still a great friendship book. I would highly recommend it to anyone.
Student Kyle
I really enjoyed the ups and downs of this book and I think I could make a cool movie ( but I am not sure how crackers thoughts would be communicated) it is a really interesting point of view and i wonder if dogs really have the ability to perceive situations like cracker does. This is a great book and I would recommend to people who like war books and or animal books.
DJ Crawford
I really enjoyed Cracker because of the action and suspense in every scene. I really enjoyed the way the characters were developed and how the view point was half form Cracker and half from Rick. I could feel a connection to the characters. Even the ones that were secondary. Overall Cracker was a great book and I recommend it to everyone who wants a great historical fiction story.
Teaha
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
Arpit Dhawan
I think this book was interesting and I also was impressed that a dog was really good to fight in a deathly war. I also think that it was also sad and scary. One thing that was sad was that Willy had to give the dog cracker away because Willy had to move into the apartment. So overall it was great.
Vicki
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
Alec
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
Joanne
Apr 15, 2015 Joanne rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Dog Readers, Historical/Based-On-History Readers
After reading this book, I rated this book 5 stars because I loved the theme of the book. I loved the friendship in the book and the book really shows the love and friendship between the dog(Cracker) and the dog handler(Rick). I liked how the book was created/made/wrote in 2 opposite ways-Rick's and Cracker and how they long for each other when they had separate apart. Although this is a based on History (and yes, when I read it, there were some notes at the back and pictures of the different do ...more
Stephen
The book Cracker has the theme of loss. I think this because the main character Rick lost many things. First Willie, Crackers first owner had to lose Cracker. Then Rick left his family go go to the war. They meet as a dog handler and a dog. Rick and Cracker train for a long time but then they must enter Vietnam to fight in the war. They go on some missions and become the big shots of the camp because of how well Cracker is working. Rick has to best friends one of them Is Twenty-Twenty he has a d ...more
Jackie
Cracker! was actually a very good book. I am usually not interested in history books, but this book had something a little different to it. I would recommend this book to anybody over 12 who seems interested in books from a dogs perspective.
This book is a bout a dog named Cracker who is taken away from his family to serve as a war dog. At first, he is very reluctant to let anyone near him until a man named Rick approaches him and gives him treats. Rick ends up training Cracker, but they aren't
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Kati Patterson
Cracker! was actually a very good book. I am usually not interested in history books, but this book had something a little different to it. I would recommend this book to anybody over 12 who seems interested in books from a dogs perspective.
This book is a bout a dog named Cracker who is taken away from his family to serve as a war dog. At first, he is very reluctant to let anyone near him until a man named Rick approaches him and gives him treats. Rick ends up training Cracker, but they aren't
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Chris
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
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Wesley
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
Duncan
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
Claire
Another book about a true & powerful human/animal relationships and slightly connected to Nubs, this book actually tells of a dog trained to work in wartime and his handler Rick Hanoki. At the beginning, "Venus" the german shepherd is a show dog. However, after a leg injury, she has to retire and ends up with a new owner, Willie. Willie's apartment doesn't allow dogs, and he answers an ad for military dogs. I found it interesting to know Venus's (now Cracker's) background but also didn't ado ...more
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Apr 08, 2015 just_love_laugh_read :D rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Dog Readers, Historical/Based-On-History Readers
After reading this book, I rated this book 5 stars because I loved the theme of the book. I loved the friendship in the book and the book really shows the love and friendship between the dog(Cracker) and the dog handler(Rick). I liked how the book was created/made/wrote in 2 opposite ways-Rick's and Cracker and how they long for each other when they had separate apart. Although this is a based on History (and yes, when I read it, there were some notes at the back and pictures of the different do ...more
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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
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