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About a year and a half ago, Twenty-First Century Books author Connie Goldsmith shared a Facebook post about military working dogs and a light went off in my head. What a great idea for a YA title! We were off to the races, and in less than two months, her newest TFCB book Dogs at War: Military Canine Heroes will be available for sale. You can preorder it here.
It’s a book libraries will want to have during a time when youth interest in and awareness of war is high. The book is informative, deeply researched, and emotionally stirring. It describes the contributions working dogs make not only to the battlefield but to civilian life. We meet soldiers, families, and experts in the field and come to love the dogs who work so faithfully in the toughest of circumstances.
Part of what makes canines such a natural working helpmate is their intensely keen olfactory system. Goldsmith writes about this in her book, as does Alexandra Horowitz in her new adult bestseller Being a Dog: Following the Dog into a World of Smell (Scribner, 2016). Horowitz runs the Dog Cognition Lab at Barnard College in New York.