A small boy, a cruel city, and the incredible dogs who save him.
When Ivan's mother disappears, he's abandoned on the streets of Moscow, with little chance to make it through the harsh winter. But help comes in an unexpected form when Ivan is adopted by a pack of dogs who quickly become more than just his street companions: They become his family. Soon Ivan, who used to love reading fairytales, is practically living in one, as he and his pack roam the city and countryside, using their wits to find food and shelter, dodging danger, begging for coins. But Ivan can't stay hidden from the world of people forever. When help is finally offered to him, will he be able to accept it? Will he even want to?
Based on a true story, The Dogs of Winter is a heart-pounding tale of survival and a moving look at what makes us human.
Reviews and Awards
A Kirkus Reviews Best Children's Book of 2012
Kansas State Reading Circle, Top Selection
⋆ “[Pyron] presents Ivan’s story as a first-person narrative in beautifully composed writing enhanced by Ivan’s visual acuity and depth of emotion. Terrifying, life-affirming and memorable.” - Kirkus Reviews, starred review
⋆ “Compelling and highly original fiction… An absorbing account.” - Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, starred review
⋆“Absorbing… The many vivid details of street life and the convincing portrayals of even minor characters help bring the story to life. A source bibliography is appended. Written with compassion as well as grim, sometimes brutal realism, this novel offers a riveting story as well as material for reflection and discussion.” - Booklist, starred review
“In Pyron’s simple and elegant prose, Ivan’s story becomes a modern fairy tale of orphans and dark woods and children who no longer know any safe paths to follow. Well-crafted sentences, lively dialogue, and a remarkable story line combine for an absorbing adventure tale that young readers will find irresistible.” - Horn Book
“Pyron delivers a reflective, hard-hitting story about the bond between child and dog… The book’s emotional impact is immense.” - Publishers Weekly
“[A] riveting story of courage and determination.” - School Library Journal
Middle Grade Novel
Trim Size: 5 1/2" x 8 1/4"
Page Count: 320
Foreign Rights: Trident Media Group
Translation Rights: Trident Media Group
Rights Available? yes