Cracker is a German shepherd trained to work as an army dog sniffing out bombs and the enemy. Together, he and his handler, Rick Hanski, become the best. Rick and Cracker the German shepherd must survive the Vietnam War. Historical. Author. Cynthia Kadohata. Cast. Director. Distributor. Network. Performance. Cracker is a German shepherd, owned by the US Army, who sniffs out booby traps in Vietnam with her handler, Rick. Kadohata has deftly.

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Vy like a 3. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. I think this is a very well writte This was the first book that I read with my kids and we all openly cried. I would read this book again. The I believe the author of this book is trying to tell a historical fiction book about courage, love, and compassion.

I think if you like books about the wars or books kadohataa dogs this is a book for you. I give this book a 5 out of 5 for discriptive word choice. That is exactly what Rick and Cracker do throughout the book.

A Novel of Pearl Harbor. It was helpful in learning more about Vietnam. I found it entertaining, well-written, and a quick read.

Cracker used to be living with with an year old boy named Willie, whose father lots his jobs. I was able to read this book in just a few sittings. It’s not your usual run-of-the-mill war story because it’s told from two points of view. View all 3 comments.

Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. It’s this kind of rare story telling that must be put into the hands of children to keep them reading. They have a bond that grows with each trial they go though.


When they got there they helped many people and saved many lives. Some books the reader opens and drags through a few pages, still uninspired.

CRACKER! by Cynthia Kadohata | Kirkus Reviews

Then the new owner rick not knowing how to train dogs makes Cracker the best dog and most known. I thought this was an outstanding book. Sometimes Cracker remembers when she was younger, and her previous owner would feed her hot dogs and let her sleep in his bed. I’m not the type to read action-themed books, or military related subjects, but this was perfect regardless. Historical Fiction 6 4 Dec 09, They are similar because we are both making a big change in our lives.

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It’s a simple story to start: When Cracker is paired with Rick, she isn’t so sure about this new owner. During the read of this amazing and cool book you will learn how all the other dogs that Cracker must compare herself to are also in competition for the top prize.

There, he’s going to whip the world and prove to his family and his sergeant — and everyone else who didn’t think he was cut out for war — wrong. She lives with her hockey-playing son and dog in West Covina, California. There, he’s going to whip the world and prove to his family and his sergeant — and everyone else who didn’t think he was cut out for war — wrong.

Some dogs are one-man or -boy dogs and resist any new owner. Discover Prime Book Box for Kids. Well worth the time and I recommend it to anyone interested in dogs. Jun 23, Lisa Goldman rated it it was amazing. It brings a new perspective of how the may have dogs felt in these times and how hard it was to not know why you had to leave your family. At first they go through training and meet some new people. I would definitely pre-read for anyone younger than 15 to make sure you’re okay with it for YOUR kids.


See 1 question about Cracker! Write a customer review. Overall a good book, but not a stand alone. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. I think this is a very well written book. The ending was absolutely satisfying. Definitely recommend it, regardless of whether you are interested in the military. The Best Dog In Vietnam” Cracker was an average house dog whose first owner would let her sleep in his bed and feed her hot dogs, all that changed when she was paired with her new handler Rick Hanski who just joined the United States Army and is heading to Vietnam.

Not only does Kadohata provide insight into the dog but into Rick and the entire concept of training a dog to become one with the handler and then that team with the other soldiers in the unit. She is a german-shepard that is big and strong.

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