Ivan lives a nice life in Leningrad before World War II, with his mother, good friends, his beloved violin and his wise aunty. But when the German's bomb Leningrad, Ivan's mother is has to go to work in a factory and sends Ivan and his aunty to live with an Uncle in the very frigid and snowy north. On the way, they find themselves stuck in a small town when the Germans invade. A German army captain with two german shepard puppies, Thor and Zasha, take a liking to Ivan's violin playing. The captain takes Ivan with him to the German headquarters where Ivan is told to play for the soldiers. But Ivan soon learns the captain is a dark and dangerous man and the puppies are not safe. Then Ivan and his aunt become involved with Russian partisans who want Ivan to help them get information while he is in the German headquarters. Can he escape with Thor and Zasha and help the Russians too? Finding Zasha by Randi Barrow. Grade 4 and up.
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I am the Library Media Center director at Patton School in Arlington Heights where I help students from kindergarten through 5th grade find terrific independent reading for enjoyment and information, and teach students the skills to use information and technology safely and productively and to connect, communicate and share with others. I have four grown children, a large black dog, (flat coat retriever) and a small striped cat. I am an obessive Chicago Cubs fan and I love to run.