Liz Kazandzhy


Outstanding, Young Adult, Robert Weintraub, Nonfiction, History, Military & Wars, World War II, Animals, Dogs

Document Type

Book Review


World War II began in the Pacific as a result of Japan’s imperialist desire to conquer its surrounding nations. In 1942, after sweeping through Siam and Malaya, Japanese forces unexpectedly overtook Britain-occupied Singapore. It was at this point that the stories of Frank Williams, a radarman in Britain’s Royal Air Force, and Judy, a loyal and talented pointer, began to collide. Having both been on ships that were attacked by the Japanese, they found themselves stranded for a time until finding a way to journey across the Indonesian island of Sumatra to the city of Padang. Unfortunately for them, Padang had just been taken captive by the Japanese, and both Frank and Judy, as well as hundreds of others, were taken as prisoners of war. Though the suffering they endured was extreme, one wonderful thing came from these arrangements—Frank and Judy met each other and became the very best of friends. In the wartime years to follow, this bond and the trials they faced together intensified as they moved about from one POW camp to another and struggled to survive and keep each other alive in miraculous ways.