Judy: The Unforgettable Story of a Dog Who Went to War and Became a True Hero

Quercus. Dec. 2014. 320p. bibliog. index. ISBN 9781623654429. $24.99; ebk. ISBN 9781623654436. PETS
Well-known author and historian Lewis (The Dog Who Could Fly; Apache Dawn) recounts the story of the one dog, Judy of Sussex, who had the dubious honor of being made an official prisoner of war of the Japanese during World War II. Lewis was finishing War Dog (2013) when he heard about Judy, a beautiful liver-and-white English pointer, who served the British during the war and was beloved by all who encountered her. While intrigued, the author found it extremely difficult to track down accurate information (not many survivors still exist) about this remarkable canine. Judy acted as the mascot for two ships, the Gnat and the Grasshopper, was imprisoned in a Japanese POW camp in Indonesia, and struggled to survive the brutal construction of Sumatra's "hell railway." Torture, monsoons, and starvation threatened the lives of the British soldiers and the heroic canine as well. Would she—and her fellow POWs—survive until liberation?
VERDICT Marrying a thrilling real-life plot with evocative writing, this title will be best appreciated by dog lovers, military history enthusiasts, and those who enjoy a solid adventure/survival story.
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