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Author: John  MacFARLANE
Publisher: Holiday House
Subject/Category:  4-7
Year Reviewed:: 2016
ISBN: 9780823433940
Review: Convinced that his parents are going to put down his beloved but aging yellow Lab named Pogo, Sam smuggles Pogo away on his boat to an offshore island. Besides facing multiple nautical challenges such as storms, fog, unpredictable tides, and a shark, Sam must come to grips with the impending death of Pogo along with his brother’s death in Afghanistan. Relentless action couples with weighty questions of sacrifice, love, and separation in this seagoing survival story geared to middle-grade readers.

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