Lara's Gift by Annemarie O'Brien

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O’Brien has created a cast of fully realized characters in a historical setting that comes alive in vivid descriptions and lively dialogue, with just the right incorporation of Russian words to add authentic flavor.
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Young Lara is being groomed in the family tradition to take over as Count Voronstov's next kennel steward, breeding borzoi dogs worthy of the Tsar. But then Lara's baby brother is born and she finds herself supplanted as her father decides to make her brother the next kennel steward. Going against her father's wishes and becoming increasingly sure of her special gift of understanding these incredible dogs, Lara risks everything when she reveals the truth about her visions. Now she must save Zar, her favorite borzoi and the one she raised from birth, from a hungry pack of wolves. Only then can she find her own, extraordinary destiny. . . .
 

About Annemarie O'Brien

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ANNEMARIE O'BRIEN has an MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She teaches writing courses at UC Berkeley and Stanford. Before that, she worked for many years in Russia where she got her first borzoi dog. Annemarie lives in northern California with her two daughters and two borzoi dogs.


Author Residence: San Francisco, CA


Author Hometown: Western Massachusetts
 
Published August 6, 2013 by Knopf Books for Young Readers. 210 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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on May 02 2013

O’Brien has created a cast of fully realized characters in a historical setting that comes alive in vivid descriptions and lively dialogue, with just the right incorporation of Russian words to add authentic flavor.

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