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Max: Best Friend. Hero. Marine

Title

Max: Best Friend. Hero. Marine

Publisher

Harper

Publication Year

2015

ISBN

9780062420398

Pages

253 pages

Genre

realism

Format

novel

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

When Justin's older brother, Kyle, is killed in Afghanistan, Justin can't believe that his brother is really gone. Except there's one thing that Kyle left behind...Max is a highly trained military canine who has always protected his fellow soldiers. But when he loses his handler and best friend, Kyle, Max is traumatized and unable to remain in the service. He is sent home to America, where the only human he connects with is Justin, and he is soon adopted by Kyle's family, essentially saving his life. At first Justin has no interest in taking care of his late brother's troubled dog. However, the two learn to trust each other, which helps the four-legged veteran become his heroic self once more. As the pair start to unravel the mystery of what really happened to Kyle, they find more excitement--and danger--than they bargained for. But they might also find an unlikely new best friend--in each other.

Grade Level

3-5; 6-8

Topic

Family Relationships; Family member death; Military families; death of a brother; son in the military; brother in the military

Main Character

boy

Race/Ethnicities

White

Family Formation

mother and father

LGBTQ+

none

Keywords

dog; war; veterans; bootleg video games; friendship; criminals; storage business

Diversity Impact

direct

Max: Best Friend. Hero. Marine

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