Sheep by Valerie Hobbs

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The sheep closed in around him like a big, woolly blanket. The puppy had never been so scared or so excited in his life. Soon he was racing, feinting, dodging – learning what it means to be one of the proud breed of Border collies, the finest sheepherders in the world. Then, almost overnight, his life is turned upside down. He finds himself in a series of strange places, with no sheep, his family gone. With nothing but the courage he was born with and a dream, he searches for the life he once knew, gathering names and adventures as he goes. For a short time, he’s called Blackie. To the Goat Man, he’s Shep. To Hollerin, he’s Spot. There’s one name that threatens to forever haunt him – Sparky, the name Billy the circus man calls him when he reaches for the whip. But there’s another name that he is given, one that finally makes him feel at home . . .
Known for her rich character development, the author brings all her skills to delving into the mind of a clever, philosophical, and hopeful dog searching for a home.


About Valerie Hobbs

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VALERIE HOBBS is the author of many acclaimed books for young readers, including Defiance, recipient of the ASPCA Henry Bergh Award, and Letting Go of Bobby James, an ALA Quick Pick for Young Adults. She lives in Santa Barbara, California.
Published April 27, 2009 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR). 140 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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While Jack’s narration lacks the spot-on eagerness of Cynthia Voigt’s Angus and Sadie (2005) or the in-the-skin reach for realism of Ann Martin’s A Dog’s Life (2005), what it lacks in doggie authenticity it makes up for in sass.

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