New York Time's Best Seller

Optioned by Warner Brothers for a Major Motion Picture

Nubs, an Iraqi dog of war, never had a home or a person of his own. He was the leader of a pack of dogs, living off the land and barely surviving. Then one day he met Major Brian Dennis. They forged a powerful bond of friendship and love. So began an incredible journey that would take Nubs on a dangerous desert trek to find his friend and would lead Dennis on a mission that would touch the hearts of people all over the world.

by Major Dennis Brian, Kirby Larson and Mary Nethery

Published by Little, Brown and Company

Website: thestoryofnubs.com

Praise for Nubs

"I more than love it! It's a great, great book for kids and adults as well!"

~Meredith Viera


"This book is fantastic. I defy you to read this book and not be moved by it."

~Conan O'Brien


"This is a wonderful story of the mutual devotion and the warm bond found between people and their pets."

~New York Times Book Review

Nubs: The True Story of a Mutt, a Marine and a Miracle

Literary Awards


Christopher Medal


​National Parenting Publication Gold Award


Kentucky Bluegrass Award 


Maine Children's Choice Award 


Colorado Children's Book Award 


Washington Children's Choice 


Michigan Great Lakes Great Books

 

Maine Student Book Award 


Wyoming Buckaroo Book Award 


Delaware Diamonds Book Award


Missouri Show Me Award


Iowa Goldfinch Award


Beverly Clearly Children's Choice Award


Tennessee Volunteer State Book Award


​Nebraska Golden Sower Primary Award


California Young Read Medal


Illinois Bluestem Award


2010 Capital Choices Selection

"A flawless, unforgettable picture book! I suggest you deprive no on e in your life, no child or adult, of the pleasure of this book ... It is a pitch-perfect victory of story-telling."

~Kepler's Books


"... a hugely inspirational account of "Nubs" (so named because his ears had been cut off by an unknown perpetrator) and his devotion to the American soldier who befriended him ... The gritty, low-res shots of the two companions against the bleak Iraqi horizon are married with text sog racefully that many of the compositions could be book jackets."

~Starred Review, Booklist

Librarians' List/Reviews


Starred Review in Booklist


As Seen On/In


The Today Show


The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien


Inside Edition


People Magazine


Reader's Digest


​Family Magazine


AKC Family Dog

​"Incredible! ...Nubs is a very lucky dog!"

~Ellen DeGeneres