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Avalanche Dog Heroes

Piper and Friends Learn to Search the Snow

Follow Piper the border collie and her canine classmates through a season of avalanche-rescue training.  This nonfiction picture book illustrated with stunning, adorable photography draws parallels between kids' experiences in elementary school and the training days of the avalanche rescue dogs of Crystal Mountain, Washington State's largest ski resort. As Piper and her friends learn the skills they need to become snow rescue heroes, you'll learn about avalanche safety and the work these amazing dogs can do.

Publisher: Sasquatch/Little Bigfoot

Year Published: October 16, 2018

ISBN-10: 1632171732
ISBN-13: 978-1632171733

Oregon Book Award Seal honor rev kenny.p

Junior Library Guild selection

Pacific Northwest Bestseller

Towner Children's Choice Award

Oregon Spirit Honor


School Library Journal

“Almost every spread captures a dynamic dog training scene amid beautiful snowscapes.” 



“Present-tense narration paired with dynamic color photographs puts readers in the moment… A peppy introduction to a lesser-known type of worker dog.”


Publishers Weekly

“The training of the dogs is both hard work and fun—a point made clear through photographs of Piper dashing through the snow, chewing on toys, and embracing Cohen.”  

The Nonfiction Detectives

"Readers will feel like they are right there with Piper on the mountain….A great book for dog lovers.”


Kiss the Book Jr.

“Audience Appeal: HIGH”


Pet Connection Magazine

“An enticing page turner for kids and adults alike…add Avalanche Dog Heroes to your holiday shopping list!”

Aiden, age 10

“I thought it was cool that even though the dogs are working very hard and studying very hard, they are also loving what they do.”



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