Cracker!
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Cracker! the Best Dog in Vietnam
Cynthia Kadohata
Atheneum, 2007
ISBN 978-1416906377 (hardcover)
ISBN 978-1416906384 (paperback)

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 fed her hot dogs and let her sleep in his bed. Rick Hanski is in Vietnam to whip the world and prove his family and his sergeant—and everyone else who didn’t think he was cut out for war—wrong. But sometimes Rick can’t help but wonder that maybe everyone else is right. Maybe he should have just stayed at home and worked in his father’s hardware store. When Cracker is paired with Rick, she isn’t so sure about this new owner. He’s going to have to prove himself to her before she’s going to prove herself to him. They need to be friends before they can be a team, and they have to be a team if they want to get home alive.

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