Readers will learn how Piper is trained, the science behind avalanches and dogs' abilities to smell, and the equipment and training needed to equip dogs and their handlers. The book ends with Piper taking - and passing - the test to be a real rescue dog. Back matter includes links to social media to follow the dogs, more information on dog training, and resources to learn about the science.
The book has a picture book layout and briefer sentences/exclamations, as well as the framing story of Piper's day, but it's essentially a nonfiction book for older readers with large chunks of text. Photographs, graphs, maps, and facts are included throughout the book.
Verdict: Rusch has a very readable style and this is a subject that is sure to fly off the shelves. Add this to your collection on working dogs and recommend it to third grade and up.