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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Publisher: Square Fish (16 Oct. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250050626
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250050625
  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 1.4 x 553.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 154,427 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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* A luminous masterpiece filled with pathos and poignancy. --Kirkus Reviews starred review Abadzis doesn't just show Laika's plight. He makes you feel it in the core of your being. . . . Consider Nick Abadzis a name to watch from here on in.--School Library Journal* Abadzis's tear-inducing and solidly researched graphic novel treatment of Laika's surpassingly tragic story is a standout, not just for its sympathetic point of view but for its refusal to Disnify or anthropomorphize the undeniably cute dog at its heart. . . . Although the tightly packed and vividly inked panels of Abadzis's art tell an impressively complex tale . . . where the dog becomes a pawn in larger political and bureaucratic scheming, Laika's palpable spirit is what readers will remember. --Publishers Weekly, starred review. Space enthusiasts will . . . appreciate how much of the drama unfolds not only in dialogue bubbles but in the meticulous visual detail within wordless frames that captures the complex emotional responses of human participants pressured to sacrifice a dog they've come to treasure. --BCCB Highly recommended for public and school libraries. --Library Journal

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Nick Abadzis is a British comics creator whose work has been published across the globe, from the U.S. to Japan. He based his book on the true story of the Sputnik 2: there was really a dog named Laika, and she touched the stars before she died. In writing his graphic novel, Nick Abadzis did thorough scientific and historical research, including traveling to Russia, visiting special Sputnik 2 archives, and interviewing experts in the field. He lives in London with his wife and daughter.


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