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Caesar the War Dog    by Stephen Dando-Collins order for
Caesar the War Dog
by Stephen Dando-Collins
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Random House, 2013 (2013)
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* *   Reviewed by Jessica Maguire

We know that brave servicemen and women go to war, but service dogs? Yes, dogs go to war too, trained to sniff out explosive devices and help save lives in dangerous situations.

Corporal Ben Fulton of the Australian Army sees something special in Caesar, a chocolate labrador retriever, and trains Caesar to be a sniffer dog. However, in an enemy ambush by the Taliban in Afghanistan, Corporal Fulton and his close friend Charlie are badly injured. Worse yet, Ben and Caesar are separated.

Sent home to Australia to recover, Ben worries about what has happened to his beloved service dog. It is believed that Caesar has been captured and is being held in captivity by the Taliban, a canine Prisoner of War. Will Ben be able to reunite with Caesar? Is Caesar even safe?

Author Stephen Dando-Collins brings to light a very real aspect of war, the importance and fate of service dogs, for young readers aged eight to twelve. Writing with young, reader-friendly language, Dando-Collins also includes a helpful glossary of military terms and a fact file with descriptions ranging from the SARBI to SAS.

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