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Laika was an abandoned puppy destined to become Earth's first space traveler. This is her journey. Nick Abadzis masterfully blends fiction and fact in the intertwined stories of three compelling lives. Along with Laika, there is Korolev, once a political prisoner, now a driven engineer at the top of the Soviet space program, and Yelena, the lab technician responsible for Laika's health and life. This intense triangle is rendered with the pitch-perfect emotionality of classics like Because of Winn Dixie, Shiloh, and Old Yeller. Abadzis gives life to a pivotal moment in modern history, casting light on the hidden moments of deep humanity behind history.

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Laika is the tragic tale of the first animal to orbit earth.  Abadzis takes us from Laika's birth to her eventual death aboard Sputnik 2.  As Abadzis realizes most people know the ultimate fate of Laika, he wisely plays deeply with the concepts of fate and destiny.  While the volume represents as accurately as possible the real events surrounding Laika and Sputnik 2, we are presented with a fictionalization of certain elements to better fit the over all theme.  The concept of loss is dealt with ...

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