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Angus and Sadie / Cynthia Voigt ; drawings by Tom Leigh.

By: Voigt, Cynthia.
Contributor(s): Leigh, Tom.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York : HarperCollins Publishers, 2008, �2005Edition: 1st Harper Trophy ed.Description: 194 pages : illustrations.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 0060745843; 9780060745844.Subject(s): Border collie -- Juvenile fiction | Dogs -- Juvenile fiction | Farm life -- Juvenile fiction | Sheepherding -- Juvenile fiction | Human-animal relationships -- Juvenile fiction | Border collie | Dogs | Farm life | Human-animal relationships | Sheepherding | -- Fiction. Farm life -- Maine | -- Fiction. Border collie | -- Fiction. Sheep | -- Fiction. Sheepherding | -- Fiction. Dogs | -- Fiction. Animal behavior | -- Fiction. Dogs | -- Fiction. Farm life -- Maine | -- Fiction. Border collie | -- Fiction. Border collies | -- Fiction. Sheepherding | Maine -- Juvenile fiction | Maine | Maine -- Fiction | Maine -- FictionGenre/Form: Fiction. | Juvenile works.DDC classification: [Fic] Summary: Angus and Sadie, two siblings that are of mostly border collie heritage, are adopted by a young couple and start living on a Maine farm, where they begin to learn sheep herding and come to appreciate how they are different from each another.
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Newbery Medalist Cynthia Voigt presents this charming middle grade novel about two border collie puppies growing up on a farm--a brother and sister who couldn't be more different from each other...or so they think. "Voigt's touch with dogs is as deft as it is with humans," raved The Horn Book.

Angus and Sadie are siblings, but that doesn't mean they're the same. Angus is black-and-white and bigger. He is a good, brave, and clever dog--and he likes that. Sadie, on the other hand, is red-and-white and small. She isn't as quick to learn--or to obey. Angus thinks she's scared of everything, but Sadie knows that's not true. She's just different.

This heartwarming story of two wonderful border collie siblings growing up on a farm in Maine is perfect for young readers who enjoyed Ann M. Martin's A Dog's Life and John Grogan's Marley books, animal lovers of all ages, and 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.

"Harper Trophy."

Angus and Sadie, two siblings that are of mostly border collie heritage, are adopted by a young couple and start living on a Maine farm, where they begin to learn sheep herding and come to appreciate how they are different from each another.

"Ages 8-12"--Page 4 of cover.

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Angus and Sadie Chapter One How Mister and Missus want a dog and decide to find one Mister and Missus lived on a farm in Maine. The farm was called the Old Davis Place, because it had belonged to Mister's grandfather. When Old Mr. Davis died, he left the entire farm to his grandson, young Mr. Davis, and the farm kept its name. The Old Davis Place was a big farm, one hundred and thirty-seven acres of woods and pastures and fields. It backed up against the mountains, so the farm had also some wide stony meadows, which in midsummer were covered with wild blueberries. Two streams ran down from the western mountains, crossing the farm on their way to a distant lake. The streams dug steep ravines out of the hills, and gulleys, too, before they joined together in the woods to make one slower, broader stream that meandered across the lower, flatter pastures and fields. Mister and Missus raised sheep for wool and chickens for eggs. They kept two Guernsey cows, named Bethie and Annie after queens of England, for milk and butter and sometimes cheese. They planted alfalfa and hay, soybeans and feed corn in their fields. They grew vegetables in a big garden behind the house, and Missus also kept a few flower beds at the front. What they didn't need for themselves, they sold at a summer farm stand at the end of the driveway: vegetables and eggs and sometimes fresh butter. The alfalfa, hay, and corn that they didn't store for winter feed, they sold at the farmer's cooperative in town, as well as wool when they had it. All of the soybeans were sold at the cooperative; the soybeans were their cash crop. Of course, there were cats on the farm. A farm needs cats. There were two barn cats, and they were hunters. They caught mice and rats, the occasional squirrel, and even the odd unlucky bird. A sleepy marmalade cat named Patches lived in the house, to catch the house mice. Mister and Missus had sheep, cows, chickens, and cats, but they didn't have a dog. Sometimes they wondered if they might want one. So, one winter day, they went to the library and took out several books to learn about different breeds. They both read the books, and then on the long winter evenings while Missus cut squares of patterned cloth for a quilt and Mister sharpened the rototiller blades, they talked about the kind of dog they would want, if they wanted a dog. Mister said, "I could train a dog to help herd the sheep and to find the milk cows when they wander off. A dog would keep the chickens safe from foxes and coyotes. The books say that border collies are easy to train, and they like to work hard." Missus said, "A dog would keep deer out of my vegetable garden and raccoons out of the garbage. A dog would be company for me when you are away all day. The books say that border collies like being with people." So it was decided. "We definitely need a dog and probably a border collie," Mister said. "But a purebred dog is awfully expensive and, besides, I like mongrels. I like what happens when different breeds have mixed together to make something new." "It looks like a border collie mongrel would be the perfect dog." "Let's go to the animal shelter," Missus suggested. "Not until spring, though. Not until we've moved the sheep out of their pen and up to the spring pasture." "All right. In spring, we'll get our dog," said Missus. At the animal shelter, the puppies lived in one big pen by the door, fourteen puppies from eight different litters, all together, all day long, all night long. It was wonderful for those puppies to be in a big pen with so many friends to chew on and chase after and fight with over the heavy pieces of rope tied in thick knots. For each of them, it was like having thirteen brothers and sisters to sleep in a big warm pile with. And what could be better than thirteen brothers and sisters? "As it happens, Mr. and Mrs. Davis," the attendant said, "four of our puppies are half border collie. Their father is a registered border collie named Joss and the mother is a shepherd mix, one of your typical mongrels -- a good pet, gentle, and she loves children." "We don't have children," Mister said. "But we have friends who do," Missus said. The attendant went on, "The three black-and-white males are from that litter, and there is one female. She's the sorrel -- that reddish brown one with a cast on her rear leg. Take a look. You can tell the border collies by their coats and their ears and the way they stare. Border collies really stare, and right at you." The attendant looked at his clipboard. "Let me tell you about the shots the puppies have had, and we also require you to have them neutered or spayed." He held out a piece of paper. But Mister and Missus had stopped paying attention to the attendant and started paying attention to the puppies. They walked over to the pen and leaned over the wire to get closer. When the puppies caught sight of Mister and Missus, all fourteen of them rushed to greet them, from the biggest (one of the three male part border collies) to the smallest (the little reddish brown female border collie mix, who had a white nose, white paws, and a no-longer-white cast on one rear leg). The puppies ran as fast as they could up to the fence, stumbling over their own feet and one another's feet, too. They rushed to push their noses above the fence and smell the excitement. Angus and Sadie . Copyright © by Cynthia Voigt. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold. Excerpted from Angus and Sadie by Cynthia Voigt All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

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Publishers Weekly Review

Newbery Medalist Voigt (Dicey?s Song) offers a bighearted novel that playfully and affectingly combines human and canine perspectives of life on a farm. Mister and Missus, a young Maine couple, adopt two littermates that are part border collies. The author gives them distinctive personalities: adventuresome, confident Angus is a quick learner and a natural herder; smaller Sadie is initially timid and easily distracted, yet becomes increasingly independent and brave?and gracefully dances with moths. The extremely eager-to-please pair will as easily endear themselves to readers as they do to their new owners. At first, the puppies? conversation, presented in italics, is limited to the simplest utterances (?Hungry! Me, too!?). Yet as they grow, so do their vocabularies?and their contributions to the narrative. 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 (?Also 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, twisting your heads, pulling, until the dirt all spilled out and the tray broke?). Their owners? attempts at training the pups bring about some wry results, as well as entertaining comments from the trainees. The strongest element of this folksy tale is the sibling rapport between the canines, a credible combination of competition and support. Dog lovers will lap this up. Ages 8-12. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

School Library Journal Review

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 Mister's dog, and he does well at training. Missus understands Sadie and uses softer commands. Readers will enjoy the personalities of the various animals (sheep, barn cats, and cows) as well as the struggles the dogs have with training, storms, and missing sheep. The pace is a bit slow and adventure sparse, but the animals' personalities ring true. Young animal lovers will like how these dogs think and interact and will enjoy this sweet story.-Deb Whitbeck, West Ottawa Public Schools, Holland, MI (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Booklist Review

Gr. 4-6. Mister and Missus go to the animal shelter to choose a dog and come home with two mixed-breed puppies (part border collie, part shepherd, part unknown) that they name Angus and Sadie. The pups explore Mister and Missus' farm in Maine and quickly settle into their routine. Larger than his sister and quick to learn, Angus becomes the leader; Sadie, the runt of the litter and burdened by a cast on her leg, is more timid than her brother. As they grow over the next year, Angus trains hard and participates in dog trials, while Sadie shows her mettle by saving a sheep and standing up to the cats. Children who love dogs may find it fascinating to read a novel that so vividly imagines their thoughts and their communications with each other. Innocent in spirit and illustrated with several small drawings per chapter, this book will also suit younger children who are reading beyond their grade level. --Carolyn Phelan Copyright 2005 Booklist

Horn Book Review

(Intermediate) When farmers Mister and Missus decide to get a dog, they end up with two border collies: Angus, a strong, confident pup; and his sister Sadie, an endearing klutz. Together, Angus and Sadie grow up, the turning of the seasons gently governing the rhythms of life in a way that's pleasingly reminiscent of that other Maine farm sketched so thoroughly by E. B. White. Voigt, whose touch with dogs is as deft as it is with humans, limns two distinct and appealing characters, the exclamation points of puppyhood spaced more widely but not disappearing as they mature. Angus, to whom everything comes easily, defines ""weird"" as ""what's not normal.... It's what's different from me."" Sadie cheerfully accepts what life deals her, even when Angus tells her she shouldn't. When Sadie's heroic and completely unexpected rescue of a stray sheep upsets the natural order of things (as Angus sees it), it sets off a sibling crisis (as far as Angus is concerned). This crisis is resolved only after Angus realizes, ""We're not the same!... We're different!"" ""I know,"" comes Sadie's serene reply. Although Angus and Sadie may evoke Charlotte's Web, it is different -- and in literature, as in life, that'll do. (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. All rights reserved.

Kirkus Book Review

This unexpectedly simple tale illustrates a year on a farm through the eyes of dogs. Mister and Missus, who want a dog for their Maine farm, adopt two shelter puppies. Mister wants a farm dog and prefers the male; Missus falls for the sweet female with a broken leg. Puppies Angus and Sadie learn about farming, discovering cats, skunks, tractors and sheep. Mister hopes to have better trained dogs than his brother, whose dog competes at trials. Angus is very clever and learns quickly, but Sadie is easily distracted by butterflies and sunbeams. Neither Sadie nor Missus mind that Sadie will never be well trained, but Angus is proud. When Sadie rescues a sheep in a snowstorm, Angus can't bear that she's praised. 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. Sweet, with more depth than is usual in such stories, despite the dogs' unevenly human behavior. (Fiction. 8-10) Copyright ©Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.