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In post-war Russia, can one daring boy save an entire race of outlawed dogs – the German Shepherd?

The Second World War has just ended when Mikhail finds a dying man and his German Shepherd, Zasha, in the woods. It’s dangerous – some say traitorous – to own a German dog in a country still bitterly scarred by the Nazi invasion. Mikhail must keep Zasha a secret to keep her alive. But with armed dog thieves and Russian soldiers on their tail, how long can he get away with it? Mikhail’s inspiring struggle to save his best friend, the last German shepherd in Russia, forces him to face some of life’s hardest lessons about war, hate, forgiveness, hope – and man’s best friend.

“Mikhail’s first-person account will grab readers with the physical details of training and protecting his beloved pet as well as the history of the devastating war and its aftermath.” Booklist

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Date published

July 7th, 2011

Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 4.4; Middle years; 6.0 points

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  • 208 pages


UK edition


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  1. Dog 113532

    on 1 December 2013

    I highly recommend it it is one of the most exciting book I have read

    5out of 5
  2. Avatar cat 761729

    on 24 October 2013

    Saving Zasha has to be one of the most heart-warming books I have ever read. If only everyone had the book!

    5out of 5
  3. Avatar cat 761729

    on 8 March 2013

    a very sad but inspiring story. I really enjoyed it though it was hard to get into it at first

    4out of 5
  4. Avatar bat 761713

    on 4 March 2013

    Best book I’ve read in ages!!! @ first I thought it was Michael morpurgo oops