“Bobbie Pyron's storytelling is remarkable: the stuff of a dog lover's (and adventure lover's) dream. Inspiring!” Newbery honor winner Ann M. Martin
“A Beautifully told story of friendship and survival that will grab your heart from the first page and linger with you long after the last.” Ruta Sepetys, author of Between Shades of Gray
When Mishka's mother disappears, he's left to try and survive on the streets of Moscow with little chance to make it through the harsh winter and escape those who would harm him. But help comes in an unexpected form when he's adopted by a pack of homeless street dogs. Over the next two years, the dogs become not only Mishka's means of survival but his family.
The Dogs of Winter was inspired by the true-life story of Ivan Mishukov, one of many thousands of children abandoned to the streets after the fall of the Soviet Union. My book is a fictional account of the two years--1996 to 1998--Ivan lived wild with the dogs.
Utah Book Award finalist 2013
Scholastic Book Fair selection
Junior Library Guild Selection
Kirkus Best Books of the Year
Finalist for Vermont's Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award, 2013-2014
Banks Street Best Books of 2013
Finalist for Kansas' William Allen White Award 2013-2014
Finalist for New York State Charlotte Award 2013-2014
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