Dogs of the Deadlands: SHORTLISTED FOR THE WEEK JUNIOR BOOK AWARDS

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Dogs of the Deadlands: SHORTLISTED FOR THE WEEK JUNIOR BOOK AWARDS

Dogs of the Deadlands: SHORTLISTED FOR THE WEEK JUNIOR BOOK AWARDS

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Growing up in the shadow of the ruined nuclear power plant, pups Misha and Bratan need to learn how to live wild - and fast. I would certainly recommend for 10 and up, with some content advisory involving (natural but graphic) violence among animals. Such a sad story, based on the true events of Chernobyl, and the pets left behind when humans evacuated the area, leaving their dogs to either starve or survive in the savage wilds, alongside the wolves, bears and other occupants. In fact the beginning sections of Misha and Bratan's learning to hunt, frolic , develop reminds me of Andrei bely's ''kotek letaev'' where a child's conscious apprehending of the world in its singularity of consciousness was tunnelled into.

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We begin in 1986 with a little girl, Natasha, who lives in Ukraine in the shadow of the Chernobyl nuclear plant.But as the story unfolds, there is joy and Pet love in the future, so that all is not lost, after all. The prose is easy to get through without sacrificing any of the emotional impact; I finished the whole thing in a day yet I was moved despite the speed of which I went through with it. The nuclear disaster itself plays a small role in the story after the initial evacuation, but Natasha never gets over having to leave and some of the story describes her own future progress from unhappy child to troubled adult.

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But she does not, and Zoya, who is half-wolf, must learn to survive in a new world where homes are deserted, dogs are feral, and parts of the forest have turned red and thrum with danger. Weaknesses: I'm not much for narratives told from a dog's perspective, and I somehow missed where Misha was the son of Zoya. I read this wonderful, beautifully written story to/with my 12 year old son, covering one chapter a night as a bedtime story (who says older kids are too old for bedtime stories?All product descriptions and profiles are provided by authors, content creators, or publishers unless indicated otherwise. For example, in a book whose plot depends on the Chernobyl disaster, I had hoped that that event would have entered the story more often. Puppies Misha and Bratan must learn to live wild and fast in the shadow of the ruined nuclear plant. To be realistic, the author tells several different dog stories (since dogs don’t live as long as humans), and then weaves in one brief human story while putting the primary human mostly on hiatus.

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The brief amounts of information about Chernobyl disaster might encourage readers to pick up Marino's Escape from Chernobyl. The tension between an ineffaceable representation of misha's species driven specificity and a consolatory, affirmative yarn about the value of love is, to my mind, an enriching than a detracting component- it allows both the otherness of the dog wolf evolutionary uniqueness as well as the primordial yearnings of closeness, loyalty and love to complement each other . There is humour to be found here too, with their first savoury soup meal sure to amuse and disgust in equal measure!I read this under instruction from my ten-year-old daughter who devoured it in huge chunks and took it in to recommend to her school book club – this is a real endorsement as at the moment she is ensconced within the world of ‘Warrior Cats’ and generally not interested in reading anything else! Aimed at a younger audience, it joins this rich seam of literature and surely deserves to become a timeless classic too. But the ferocity of primeval instincts of fight/flight, the collective unconscious memory of both the dog/wolf heredity ,the incremental adaptation to contingencies without repudiating the fundamentals of survival, food, warmth , shelter and propagation constitutes the subtleties of the story. As people tried to escape the nuclear tragedy, they were compelled to abandon their animals as they ran.



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