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I chose to read this before giving it as a gift to a young teenager. Many books concerning WWII are both graphic and laced with profanity. This has neither. It's a beautifully, well written, touching story of the life of a pointer - Judy - and the men she helped survive in WWII. Loved every minute of it - laughed and cried. Highly recommend it.
I read the adult version some time ago and loved the book. The student version I purchased for my junior high grandson. I am impressed that it gives background info. on the war and principal players. It is a beautiful story or Judy and her relationship w/ Frank and the other men. I heartily recommend it.
Fabulous!! My (rising) 6th grade son and I read the book. Amazing!! Well written, captures your attn. I loved that it was very accurate and helped depict concentration camps, without being too graphic for my kiddo. Fantastic!!
This is one of the most unusual stories I’ve read. I read it aloud to my husband and he often would say, “is this really non-fiction?” Yes! It is! But it is an amazing tale of war, hardship, terror dovetailing perfectly with love, courage and loyalty that is hard to believe. You will laugh, cry, cheer and grimace as you read this true story of Judy, the pointer, who becomes a Japanese POW. Very interesting side bars of information accompany the story. This young readers edition was an easy but gripping read. Whether you are in Middle School or middle age (or beyond) this book is worth your time for some little known history.
I finished “No Better Friend” in 24 hours. This is only the second book I’ve read cover to cover, as generally I lose interest halfway through. I didn’t realize I’d accidentally ordered the young readers version until halfway through, I’m 29 years old and enjoyed this book as much as any teenager would! I’ve been a pointer mom for 5 years, and enjoyed the comparison between my dog & Judy. It’s amazing that the breed has remained the same for almost 80 years. I did find myself sobbing in the last chapter, mostly because we don’t deserve dogs! Cheers to Judy, Frank, and all the men who helped her survive.
Bought this for my 11 year old grandson. I read it first and then him. He loved it! He could retell it so well! Better than me! That’s how interesting it was to him! He did a book report for school on it as well. He’s a great reader and loves books! I will say the first chapter or so for me was a bit hard to get into but after that it got really good.
This story is truly remarkable in the loyalty of both dog and "owner". It's kind of like Lassie goes to war. You may want to keep a Kleenex near when you read about the sheer spirit of life and love expressed in this book. I read it before giving it to my 11 year old grandson and we both were glad we read it.