Sheep

Valerie Hobbs

Square Fish

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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 haunt him forever—Sparky, the name Billy the circus man calls him. But there’s another name that he is given, one that finally makes him feel at home. . . .

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1MY NAME IS JACK, but it wasn't always. I've had so many names I can't even remember them all. Some names were good, some were bad. Some I don't like to remember. But I like the name Jack just fine. It's the one Luke gave me, and he's my best friend.Until I found Luke, life was a long, hard road. I'd traveled too many days on an empty stomach, slept too many nights in the rain, gone too long without a friend. I was giving up hope, which is about the worst thing you can do. Hope is everything.When I was a youngster, I was filled with hope.

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“The classic foundling story is beautifully told in the dog’s simple, first-person voice.”—Booklist

“Believable and satisfying. It’s a winner.”—School Library Journal

“The attitude that carries Jack through adventure after adventure . . . will win readers over and keep them rooting for him all the way.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Children who love animal stories will delight in this first person—or should I say first-dog?—tale.”—Entertainment Weekly
 
“Hobbs portrays the ups and downs of life both humorously and sensitively as seen and felt by a very special border collie; a story that young readers will remember as a journey of the heart.”—Signal

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Valerie Hobbs

Valerie Hobbs is the recipient of the 1999 PEN/Norma Klein Award, a biennial prize that recognizes "an emerging voice of literary merit among American writers of children's fiction." She is the author of young adult and middle-grade novels including Defiance, Anything but Ordinary, and The Last Best Days of Summer. She holds a B.A. and an M.A. in English from the University of California at Santa Barbara, where she has taught academic writing. Valerie lives in Santa Barbara, California, with her husband.

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California Young Reader Medal, Nebraska Golden Sower Award Master List, Oklahoma Sequoyah Young Adult Book Award Master List

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Trade Paperback
Square Fish
April 2009
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312561161
ISBN10: 0312561164
Middle-Grade Fiction
5 3/16 x 7 5/8 inches, 144 pages
Age Range: 8 to 12
Grade Range: 3 to 7 Information for Librarians

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Lexile: 660LL
F&P Level A-Z: R
AR Quiz Number: 105859
AR Points: 4

$7.99

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Frances Foster Books
March 2006
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780374367770
ISBN10: 0374367779
Middle-Grade Fiction
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 128 pages
Age Range: 8 to 12
Grade Range: 3 to 7 Information for Librarians

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Lexile: 660LL
AR Quiz Number: 105859
AR Points: 4

$16.00

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Frances Foster Books
April 2009
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781466817470
ISBN10: 146681747X
Middle-Grade Fiction144 pages
Age Range: 8 to 12
Grade Range: 3 to 7
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