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
Illustrated by Peter Bailey

7+ readers   9+ readers   The World Wars   
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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. ~ Julia Eccleshare


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...

Engaging, uplifting and deeply moving, Jet the Rescue Dog tells the stories of these brave, silent heroes with sensitivity and gentle humour for readers age 8+.

With black and white illustrations throughout.


'Tales that remind us that not all heroes are human' - Daily Mail 'Works well to introduce children to variety of conflicts and battles that have taken place throughout the world between 1914 and 2011. A timely book for the centenary of the Great War' - The School Librarian Full of inspiring and amazing real tales of animals in's a must read for animal lovers. - WRD'

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


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Faber Children's Books an imprint of Faber & Faber

Publication date

1st October 2015




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