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4.28 out of 54.28 out of 54.28 out of 54.28 out of 54.28 out of 5 4.28 (25 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Randi Barrow Narrator: Roger Mueller Publisher: Oasis Audio, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Zasha Series Release Date: January 2011 ISBN: 9781608147953
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World War II has just ended when Mikhail finds a dying man and his German shepherd, Zasha, in the woods. It’s dangerous — some say traitorous — to own a German dog after Germany attacked Russia, so Mikhail must keep Zasha a secret to keep her alive. But Mikhail’s rival, Katia, is determined to find the dog she is sure he’s hiding. At the same time, a soldier named Dimitri is breeding a new Russian dog at a nearby farm. So many dogs were lost to starvation and in combat that the country is in dire need of every kind of dog. Dimitri, too, has suspicions of Zasha’s existence, and would like nothing more than to add her to his breeding program. However, Dimitri will have to compete with the armed dog thieves who are also on her trail. Mikhail’s inspiring journey to save his best friend, the last German shepherd in Russia, forces him to face some of life’s hardest lessons about war, hate, forgiveness, hope, love, and man’s best friend. Download and start listening now!

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  • “Throughout the performance, Mueller employs a light accent meant to convey a Russian dialect. This deft touch keeps the listeners’ imaginations in that eastern European culture. At the same time, he maintains an upbeat and enthusiastic attitude throughout the story, subtly assuring his audience that a happy ending will ensue. Indeed it does, and listeners of all ages will be cheering for boys and dogs to the end.”

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ruth Ellen | 2/14/2014

    " Excellent children's book which gives a history lesson through a fictional story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bailey Albert | 2/13/2014

    " I bought this book at my school's book fair thinking, "What the heck, why not?" I didn't really know what to expect. I am not a big fan of history books, but there was a dog on the cover. The first chapters of it are very confusing. I wanted to stop, but I decided against it. The farther I got the more I understood. All in all, an amazing short story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pedro Durant | 2/13/2014

    " The book was a really good Book i would like to read it over and over. Saving Zasha Takes place in Russia in the 1945 when World war two was happening. There is a struggle to save the dogs in Russia because There is no more dogs around because they would use them in the army by planting bombs on the and making them run under a tank to blow them up. In The Beginning of the book there was a man who claims who was attacked by Dog Thief's. He show up to a house where lives two boys and a girl and a woman who is the mom. The man is attacked and later dies and has left his German Shepperd dog to the family. The Family turn's the man in to the local police station dead. People realize that the man who not alone and he had some sort of dog with him. The Dog's name is Zasha a beautiful German Shepperd who might be the most beautifulest dog in Russia. People are finding out hes was not alone and people come snooping along sometimes to try and get a glimpse if it was true or not. This book is about trying to Save Zasha like that title says is it an interesting was they Try and save her Read more to find out "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Austin Maunu | 2/6/2014

    " I thought this book was very saspencfull and how having sertian dogs was illegal, but a pretty good book if you sk me "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Danielle | 2/5/2014

    " Huh. Kept me turning the pages even though the writing was kind of meh. And the ending, of course, was pretty darn predictable. Surprised the guys and girls liked it as much as they've told me they have.-------------This one comes highly recommended from a few of my students. Can't wait to see what all of the buzz is about! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 ♣$ Ant $♣ | 1/25/2014

    " I loved Saving Zasha! Especially since I am Russian, it gives me an idea of how much hatred was going on in that time. Now I know how intense it was even after the war in the post-war stress in Russia. Im very interested in WW2 and my Russian heritage and this book puts both of them topics together. I also love dogs so this book is definatly a favorite! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sophia | 1/23/2014

    " I was skeptical of this book because I am a animal lover and can't stand if bad things happen to animals so as soon as I read the 1st chapter I wanted to stop but I gave it another chance the things that happened like dogs killed while a bomb is draped to there back to blow up something the fact there were almost no dogs at that time scared me but zasha is a good loving book in the end trust me! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Martha Netoff | 1/20/2014

    " possible Newbery award nominee 2012 "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Esther | 1/4/2014

    " Saving Zasha would be a nice introduction for children to the historical fiction genre. The book has an easy plot to follow, introduces some historical facts, and has a happy ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 12/11/2013

    " What wonderful historical fiction! I knew nothing of what happened to dogs or how they were used during World War II, or that Russia wanted to create a new breed following the war. Well worth the read--it leaves you wanting to explore the topic even more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sydney Stump | 11/3/2013

    " This book was very inspiring and had a great ending. Read this in under two days- couldn't put the book down! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katelin | 10/26/2013

    " Love this book.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Edward Sullivan | 1/6/2013

    " At the end of World War II, it is considered traitorous to own a German Shephard in the Soviet Union, but 13-year-old Mikhail is determined to save his. A great "boy and his dog" story with an intriguing background and setting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Megan Whitehouse | 10/6/2012

    " I LOVED this book so much! I think that most of the kids in our class would love it! (I liked it so much I had to do it for my TGTM!) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sheryl | 2/19/2012

    " This is a GREAT heartwarming story. I listened to the audio edition and and laughed and cried. Roger Mueller was fantastic for the reading. His voice portrayed each character beautifully, even the children. If yoou love dogs and all animals in general, you will enjoy the story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eiko Leslie | 1/15/2012

    " Enjoyable dog/historical fiction story. Elementary children will enjoy this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marilyn Lagier | 11/15/2011

    " Even though this book is intended for 4th grade readers, I picked it up just because of the historical aspect of all dogs of German breed being killed by the Russians after WWII. It was interesting--plus the author added a note at the end about the program to restore dogs to Russians after the war. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jill | 4/26/2011

    " a great book for boys. I just read this with my 9 year old. it's about trying to save a dog (post WWII) Takes place in Russia. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hoover Public Library Kids and Teens | 4/1/2011

    " Covers a popular historical fiction time period (post-World War II) but a different locale: Russia. Great for animal lovers too. Tugs at the heartstrings, but not a "sad dog book." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbie | 3/25/2011

    " This was about Russia after World War 2 and what happened to 2 boys when they found a German dog. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Crystal | 3/13/2011

    " Good book. Not as deep as I expected but it is listed as a children's book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie Jane | 2/22/2011

    " Learned a lot from this book. Pulls the heartstrings but still not a "sad" dog book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 2/11/2011

    " Great story for history-buff and/or animal lover. I was a little concerned that this was another book that ends with a dead dog but I was pleasantly surprised by how the book wrapped up. I admit that I did shed a few tears, but they were happy tears.
    Good for a tween or younger teen. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol | 2/6/2011

    " Scholastic Book Fair - For grades 4-6 who like to read dog stories. Barrow adds an unusual bit of history to her story that most young readers may not know about and it adds suspense to the story. It is not a sad story. I recommend it for the historical perspective.
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ed | 11/12/2010

    " At the end of World War II, it is considered traitorous to own a German Shephard in the Soviet Union, but 13-year-old Mikhail is determined to save his. A great "boy and his dog" story with an intriguing background and setting. "

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About the Author
Author Randi Barrow

Randi Barrow is an attorney, amateur historian, and author of children’s books and adult nonfiction. Now a full-time writer, she lives in Los Angeles with her husband, musician/composer Arthur Barrow, and their Chihuahua mix companion, Manuel.

About the Narrator

Roger Mueller is a well-known stage and television actor in Chicago. In addition, his radio and voice-over credits include Unshackled!, the Left Behind series, and the audio series Down Gilead Lane.