This book was absolutely amazing! The story follows an orphan boy living in the streets of Russia because of a series of unfortunate events. Eventually he meets a pack of strays, who, in due time, accept him as a member of their pack. From the get-go, the book can already make one emotional, even more-so as the book progresses. The book is told from a first-person view, which only heightens the boy’s feelings, making the readers more in-tune with his struggles. This book is highly recommend to any reader who is looking for a book to read on a calming afternoon, or in an 8-hour flight. 5/5 stars
- @Orion of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library
THE DOGS OF WINTER: Reveiw by aaansari
A very poignant, true to life story. When Mishka is kicked onto the streets of Russia, the 8 year old finds a way to live with a pack of dogs. He escapes gangs on the streets, wild animals in the forest, and people trying to catch him and keep him. He loses his mother. He cries and hunts. He bonds with the dogs, including the mother dog, and helps them when they help him.
I'm only ten and I still cried all the way through the book, but mostly in the parts where his mother dies, the oldest dog, Grandma, dies, and the most I cried was when he was in the hospital or orphanage and the dogs find him, howling his story. I even cried when he was in that children's home, and when he drew all those pictures of his dogs, flying over ferris wheels. I highly recommend this book for 11 and up, but even so I love to read it and this is the day I'm getting it again from having it on hold. The bad parts and bloody parts aren't anything compared to reading or watching the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings movies and books, but they are still a little bit startling at times. First I read it and I told my mom about how great this book is and then she read it. I still cry from thinking about it sometimes.
Excellent book . Not sure that this book should be in the Juvenile section though , but in the Adult as a young person would find it difficult to understand the plight and harsh times of the people and the children during the fall of the Soviet Union. That said though , it is a great story and strongly recommend it . Would love a sequel to this story based on a true account , to find out where and what the boy did beyond the ending of this book .
Words can't do justice in a review of this book. I smiled, I cried, my heart sang and wept along with Wild Child's as he suffered unthinkable horror in Russia in the 90's when he lost his mother and was left to fend for himself in the streets. Bobbie Pyron does a masterful job weaving a story of transition from respectable young 5-year-old to feral, protective dog pack leader and back again. Fabulous story and a rare 5-star review. This might be too much for tender hearts in the target audience (8-12 year old middle grade readers; I'm not sure my 11-year-old daughter would like it) but at 40-something I simply adored this story. And yes, I am a dog lover, through and through. Would folks who are not fond of dogs like this? probably not.
Did not finish. Young adult book. 5 yr. old boy orphaned in Russia, cold. Lived with pack of dogs to survive.
Ivan is five years old, orphaned, homeless, scared, and abandoned in a train station of Moscow. He’s not the only such child in Russia after the fall of the Soviet Union but instead of joining one of the other gangs of children, he is adopted by a pack of wild dogs. Ivan and the seven dogs beg and steal food together, they keep each other warm in the winter, they protect each other from the vicious threats on the streets, and they belong together and love each other. Reviewed by AVR.
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