Publisher description for Bel Ria : dog of war / by Sheila Burnford.

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Bel Ria begins on the dusty roads of Western France in the summer of 1940. Among those killed by the Germans is a silent, crafty gypsy woman, and among the abandoned is her little performing dog. Embarking upon his own incredible journey in a search for home through the European countryside ravished by war, he is passed on from caretaker to caretaker. Yet as the world is thrown into chaos, those that come into contact with him are forever changed for the better. In their efforts to understand the dog, they are brought out of their loneliness, uniting together through unexpected heroism and compassion. The book’s riveting scenes are full of excitement, and include a frantic retreat across France to reach the coast; a wonderful portrayal of shipboard life that is alternatively cozy and terrifying; and a sinking of a ship with an exciting rescue of the serviceman and dog. Having touched the hearts of all who have come to know him, this heartwarming tale is a lesson in the simple acts of loyalty and love.

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Dogs -- Juvenile fiction.
Dogs -- Fiction.
France -- History -- German occupation, 1940-1945 -- Fiction.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Fiction.