Jet the Rescue Dog ...And Other Extraordinary Stories of Animals in Wartime by David Long

Jet the Rescue Dog ...And Other Extraordinary Stories of Animals in Wartime

Written by David Long

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September 2014 Book of the Month An amazing collection of 33 short stories about all kinds of animals and their exceptional feats of bravery in war time. In the title story which is set in the Blitz during the Second World War, Jet of Iada, an Alsatian from Liverpool, travels with his handler to help pull those trapped in bombed buildings to safely. Jet has a gift for finding those who are trapped. This combined with his bravery makes him the perfect dog for the job. There are many other remarkable dogs in this volume but also a cat, a bear and several birds who make a substantial contribution in times of conflict.

The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. This book tells the stories of many animals, including dogs, birds, and even a bear, that have been brave in wartime. Among them are Rip, a terrier who rescued people trapped under the debris of bombed houses during the Blitz, and Gallipoli Murphy, a donkey who carried injured soldiers from the battlefields of Gallipoli. All their stories are retold with compassion but without sentimentality. (Ages 9–12)
~ Andrea Rayner


Jet the Rescue Dog ...And Other Extraordinary Stories of Animals in Wartime by David Long

As mascots, messengers, rat-catchers and even spies, animals have long marched into war alongside servicemen and women. Dogs, horses, cats (even birds, camels and elephants) have saved thousands of lives through instinct, intelligence, courage and devotion. Like Jet, a dog who searched through ruins during the Blitz bombings to find survivors, or Sergeant Stubby, a dog who caught a spy. Or the pigeons who braved hurricanes, hawks and even snipers to help during WWII...

With black and white illustrations throughout.

About the Author

David Long

Writer and historian David Long is the author of the acclaimed Animals' VC: For Gallantry and Devotion and more than twenty other non-fiction books on a wide range of historical subjects. Jet the Rescue Dog the first of several titles for younger readers, was published by Faber in 2014. He lives in Suffolk and has two teenage sons.

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240 pages
Interest Age: from 7 to 9


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Faber Children's Books an imprint of Faber & Faber

Publication date

4th September 2014




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