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Fiction Ages 9-12
Pages: 240
Themes: adventure, self-reliance, Ukrainian heritage
Publisher: Coteau Books
Pub Date: 01/Apr/2013
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When his family leaves Ukraine to make a new life in the Americas, twelve-year-old Andrei is furious and upset at having to leave behind his loyal companion, Brovko the sheepdog. Brovko isn't happy either. It soon becomes clear what he has to do: find a way to follow Andrei and be reunited with him.

With a little help from a mysterious hermit, Brovko embarks on his adventurous mission to find Andrei. Along the way, he rides on trains, becomes a guide dog for a kobzar, learns the ways of the big city and escapes a dogcatcher, herds bulls and even performs a daring rescue. Once across the sea, Brovko begins a long and perilous trek on foot, following his nose. When he runs into serious danger, the hermit's magic isn't enough to save him#&8212;but help comes from another, unexpected direction.

The traditions of Ukraine are woven into this story of incredible escapades and true grit, which will wrap young readers in its magic.

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"Would be useful in the context of themes about immigration, heritage and culture in general, and about the history of Ukranian immigration and culture."

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