Dash (Dogs of World War II)

Series: Dogs of World War II

by Kirby Larson

Scholastic Paperbacks
May 2016

Ages 8 – 12 . Grades 3 – 7

Lexile measure: 570L

DRA: 50

Guided Reading: U



Although Mitsi Kashino and her family are swept up in the wave of anti-Japanese sentiment following the attack on Pearl Harbor, Mitsi never expects to lose her home -- or her beloved dog, Dash. But, as World War II rages and people of Japanese descent are forced into incarceration camps, Mitsi is separated from Dash, her classmates, and life as she knows it. The camp is a crowded and unfamiliar place, whose dusty floors, seemingly endless lines, and barbed wire fences begin to unravel the strong Kashino family ties. With the help of a friendly neighbor back home, Mitsi remains connected to Dash in spite of the hard times, holding on to the hope that the war will end soon and life will return to normal. Though they've lost their home, will the Kashino family also lose their sense of family? And will Mitsi and Dash ever be reunited?
Kirby Larson

Kirby Larson is the acclaimed author of the 2007 Newbery Honor Book Hattie Big Sky; its sequel, Hattie Ever After; The Friendship Doll; Dear America: The Fences Between Us; Duke; Dash, winner of the Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction; Liberty; Code Word Courage; Audacity Jones to the Rescue; and its sequel, Audacity Jones Steals the Show. She has also cowritten the award-winning picture books Two Bobbies: A True Story of Hurricane Katrina, Friendship, and Survival and Nubs: The True Story of a Mutt, a Marine, and a Miracle. She lives in Washington with her husband and Winston the Wonder Dog.


  • Praise for DASH

    Winner of the Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction
    "Emotionally satisfying and thought-provoking." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review
    "[A] trenchant novel." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review
    "Historical fiction at its best." -- School Library Journal

    Praise for DUKE

    "Exceptionally well-crafted and emotionally authentic." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review
    "[An] incisive tale of loyalty, patriotism, sacrifice, and bravery." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review
    "A good example of how bravery comes in all shapes, sizes -- and breeds."
    -- Booklist

    Praise for Hattie Big Sky

    A Newbery Honor Recipient

    "[An] engaging historical novel . . . [Larson] creates a richly textured novel full of memorable characters." -- Booklist, starred review
    "Larson . . . create[s] a masterful picture of the homesteading experience and the people who persevered." -- School Library Journal, starred review
    "Refreshing." -- Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books