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From Newbery Honor author Kirby Larson comes the moving story of a young boy who, with a dad fighting in Europe and a sister working at the Higgins Boat factory, longs to have a dog of his own.

Fish has a knack for inventing. His annoying neighbor, Olympia, has a knack for messing things up. But when his latest invention leads Fish to Liberty, a beautiful stray dog who needs a home, he and Olympia work together to rescue her.

At the Higgins boatyard, where the boats that just might save the Allied forces during World War II are built, the wartime workforce is integrated and includes women and the disabled. However, a friendship that crosses racial lines is not the norm in 1940s New Orleans.

Fish, who suffered from polio and whose dad is away fighting in Europe, looks up to Mr. Higgins, and he's thrilled when one of his inventions helps Mr. Higgins's engineers unlock the mechanics of the landing crafts. Mr. Higgins inspires him to be bold and brave. As Fish enlists the help of unexpected friends and allies to save Liberty, he finds his perceptions of the world -of race and war, family and friendship -transformed.

Publisher: New York : Scholastic Press, ©2016.
ISBN: 9780545840712
Characteristics: 221 pages ;,22 cm.


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Dec 26, 2016

Solid historical read in the 40s thats about a boy and his dog he names Liberty. Its around world war 2 and he has polio in one leg. He has a spunky neighbor thats black. He's paranoid that she'll make fun of him but as time goes by, he gets comfortable with her. There's mention of the segregation and prejudices of the time. Its not the main focus of the book, just something they have to deal with. Really dealing with the uncertainty of living during a war. Alternates with an interesting story of a German young man captured by the Americans. Then intertwines it expertly at the end. I liked this alot more than I thought I would. It's written simply yet extra details that arent well known. I think it would bridge 3-5 grades because of the way written and subject matter.

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Jul 05, 2017

indigo_dog_661 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 8 and 15


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