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Candace Fleming and Eric Rohmann author and illustrator of Strongheart: Wonder Dog ot the Silver Screen will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 2/10/18 at 630pm EST to discuss and giveaway their book Featured

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Fans of Balto and other real-life dog stories will fall in love with . . .


By Candace Fleming; illustrated by Eric Rohmann

«This fascinating and heartwarming piece of historical fiction will be met

with wonder.” —Booklist, starred

A touching, playful, and satisfying tale of a silver-screen wonder dog.” Kirkus Reviews



From acclaimed author Candace Fleming and Caldecott Medal–winning illustrator Eric Rohmann comes STRONGHEART: WONDER DOG OF THE SILVER SCREEN(Schwartz & Wade Books / on sale Feb 6, 2018 / Ages 8–12), a heavily illustrated middle-grade novel about a real-life canine movie star of the 1920s.

When movie director Larry Trimble travels to Berlin searching for his next big star—a dog!—he finds Etzel, a fierce, highly trained three-year-old German shepherd police dog. Larry sees past the snarls and growls and brings Etzel back to Hollywood, where he is renamed Strongheart. Along with screenwriter Jane Murfin, Larry grooms his protégé to be a star of the silver screen—and he succeeds, starting with Strongheart’s first film, The Love Master, which is released in 1921. Strongheart is soon joined by a leading lady, a German shepherd named Lady Julie, and becomes a sensation. But when he is accused of attacking a girl, he must prove his innocence—and it will take his best acting skills to do so. 

Touching, charming, playful, and based on real events, STRONGHEART tells all about “the wonder dog” who took America by storm.

CANDACE FLEMING is the prolific author of The Family Romanov, a Robert F. Sibert Honor Book and the recipient of both the Boston GlobeHorn Book Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Award for Young Adult Literature; Amelia Lost, which received four starred reviews; The Great and Only Barnum, nominated for an ALA-YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction and a Publishers Weekly and Booklist Best Book of the Year; The Lincolns,Boston GlobeHorn Book Award recipient; Our Eleanor, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults; and Ben Franklin’s Almanac, a James Madison Honor Book. She is also the author of many highly acclaimed picture books, including Oh, No!, illustrated by Eric Rohmann, and middle-grade books, including Ben Franklin’s in My Bathroom! and The Fabled Fourth Graders of Aesop Elementary School. You can follow Candace Fleming on Twitter at @candacemfleming and visit her at


ERIC ROHMANNis a painter, printer, and fine bookmaker. He is the author/illustrator of the Caldecott Medalwinning My Friend Rabbit and the Caldecott Honor Book Time Flies. He and Candace Fleming have collaborated on numerous acclaimed children’s books, including Giant Squid and Oh, No!, recipient of three starred reviews. Visit him at


STRONGHEART: WONDER DOG OF THE SILVER SCREEN by Candace Fleming; illustrated by Eric Rohmann

Schwartz & Wade Books | On sale February 6, 2018 | Ages 8–12

Hardcover: 978-1-101-93410-4 | $17.99 / CAN $23.99 | 256 pages

Ebook: 978-1-101-93412-8 | $10.99

Schwartz & Wade Books is an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, the world’s largest English-language children’s trade book publisher. Random House Children’s Books is a division of Penguin Random House LLC. Visit us online @RandomHouseKids | |

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