Angus and Sadie by Cynthia Voigt

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Angus is black and white and strong.

Sadie is reddish brown and white and small.

"They don't look much alike," says Missus.

"They don't act much alike," says Mister.

Angus and Sadie are brother and sister. Angus is bigger. He is a good, brave, and clever dog -- and he likes that. Sadie isn't as quick to learn -- or to obey. When cats jump at her, she yelps and runs away. Angus thinks that means she's scared of everything. But Sadie isn't so sure that's true.

Newbery Medalist Cynthia Voigt's story of border collie puppies growing up on a farm in Maine is for animal lovers of all ages, and for anyone who's ever had -- or wondered what it would be like to have -- a brother or sister just like themselves, but very, very different.

 

About Cynthia Voigt

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Cynthia Voigt won the Newbery Medal for Dicey’s Song, the Newbery Honor Award for A Solitary Blue, and the National Book Award Honor for Homecoming, all part of the beloved Tillerman cycle. She is also the author of many other celebrated books for middle-grade and teen readers, including Izzy, Willy-Nilly and Jackaroo. She was awarded the Margaret A. Edwards Award in 1995 for her work in literature, and the Katahdin Award in 2004. She lives in Maine.
 
Published July 3, 2012 by HarperCollins. 220 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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Incongruously—since until this point the dogs have been minimally anthropomorphized—Angus disrupts Sadie’s training by barking, “stay!” when Mister says “come!” All ends well when Angus does well at trials and Missus has a baby.

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In addition to quoting Angus and Sadie directly, the text slips in and out of their thoughts, which occasionally creates some awkward, though comprehensible, sentences (\x93Also very bad was to grab two corners of the seed trays Missus had set out on a low table, and pull as hard as you could, tw...

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Gr 3–7—Voigt's story of two animal-shelter border collies is nicely narrated by Wendy Carter. Listeners gets the point of view of the dogs' owners (Mister and Missus), but most of the telling of the story belongs to the dogs. Angus quickly becomes M

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