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Tango: The Tale of an Island Dog

Tango: The Tale of an Island Dog

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by Eileen Beha

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Tango lives the good life-a silver charm for his dog collar, a luxurious doggy bed, even tailor-made booties for walks in Central Park. Then, when his owners sail into stormy waters, the little Yorkie goes overboard! Washing up on an island far from home, Tango learns that sometimes it takes getting lost to find what matters most. This wonderfully fresh novel is


Tango lives the good life-a silver charm for his dog collar, a luxurious doggy bed, even tailor-made booties for walks in Central Park. Then, when his owners sail into stormy waters, the little Yorkie goes overboard! Washing up on an island far from home, Tango learns that sometimes it takes getting lost to find what matters most. This wonderfully fresh novel is perfect for fans of E. B. White and other classic animal stories.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Paula Rohrlick
Tango, a Yorkshire terrier, is accustomed to the good life in Manhattan where his mistress Marcellina dotes on him. A silver heart charm dangles from his collar, and he even has a tiny tuxedo sewn for him to wear at a party. When Marcellina buys a sailboat for her husband, they bring Tango along on a sea voyage heading north, but when they reach the Gulf of St. Lawrence Tango is swept overboard by a wave. He washes up on the shore of Prince Edward Island in the little village of Victoria-by-the-Sea, looking like a drowned rat and barely alive. A fisherman's widow named Augusta takes him in and nurses him back to health, but Tango pines for Marcellina and the life he knew. He meets a runaway orphan girl named McKenna, an elderly fox, and a three-legged cat, and the lives of all these lonely but determined characters intersect as Tango tries to retrieve his silver heart charm with his name and address on it so that he can be reunited with Marcellina. Events come to a head in a terrible storm, followed by the predictable happy ending in which everyone finds a place to call home. Still, the Canadian seaside setting holds interest and the characters are particularly well drawn. Fans of animal stories will appreciate the plucky terrier, the noble fox, and the various dastardly creatures, too, such as a gang of feral cats and a huge deformed rat. The human characters are equally well developed in this first novel for young readers by Beha, who drew on personal experience of the setting and of Yorkies to create this satisfying story. Reviewer: Paula Rohrlick
Kirkus Reviews
Tango, a Yorkshire terrier, has grown up literally in the lap of luxury, complete with sterling-silver collar and pearl-studded leash. But when his mistress's yacht goes down in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, he washes ashore on Prince Edward Island, sans collar and I.D., where he is mistaken for a rat in a lobster trap. There his fortunes become entwined with three other lonely folk: curmudgeonly widow Augusta, on-the-run orphan McKenna and Beau, an aging fox who has taken a protective interest in McKenna. Complicating the fairly predictable can-all-the-lonely-souls-learn-to-trust-each-other-and-find-happiness plot is Tango's naked desire to return home and the presence of a pack of truly vicious cats and an insane, murderous rat. Debut author Beha does a creditable job creating the two societies, human and animal, and mediating Tango's travels between them; she freshens her story with precisely drawn characters-even Malachi the rat emerges fully fleshed. Tango is a winning protagonist, a noble soul in a diminutive body. Although there are few real surprises, readers will enjoy this beguiling, delicately told tale, which has a heart as big as its hero's. (Fantasy. 8-12)

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Meet the Author

Eileen Beha is a former middle school principal. She lives in Minnesota with her husband and two dogs--Tango and Louise--and vacations regularly on Prince Edward Island. This is her first book.

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Tango 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story starts with a young, eager, and determined Yorkshire Terrier who is adopted and given the name Tango. But just as he's getting used to such a name and his new owners, he finds himself stranded on the island in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. All he wants is to go back to his owners. To get away from the troublesome cats. To retrieve his name and breathe honor into it and to be remembered by it. But no human knew of it...not without his name tag..... Miss Augusta Smith, never had a child, but dearly wanted one. When a little dog washed up along the shores of Victoria, could her wish come true? Could this little dog, so close to death, become hers to take care of. But there were so many questions. How did he survive? Who did he belong to? Would he even live? And soon, despite herself, she finds herself attached to the little dog.... McKenna Skye started with a fox. A fox that saved her. A fox that followed her. Even to the new town Victoria. There she hoped to start over...again. She was determined to start a life without the help of others that claimed to be her family. Beau the fox watched the little girl everyday. It was his duty. He didn't know why. But he did, where ever she went. And soon on the new island he finds another to watch and guide... And lastly, a cat. A cat who desperately wanted to fit in, to belong. But he finds that maybe that isn't really what he wants... This story is heart-warming and adventurous. I fell in love with little Tango and I reccomend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is super cute. I love the characters, the setting, and the plot. Tango is yorkshire terrier born on a Farm run by a man named Mr. Bailey. His mother, Sadie, had had many litters of puppies, but this was her finest one. Sadie named her three daughters just before they were taken away to be adopted, but she didn't have time to name her only son. Tango dreamed of his name being Zeus or Apollo, but when he was finally adopted, he was named Tango. After three years with his owners, Marcinella and Diego, Tango is a happy, pampered, rich, and spoiled little dog. Marcinella buys Diego a cruise boat for his birthday, and the three of them go on a cruise. During a thunderous storm, Tango slips off the boat, and is trappd in a lobster trap. He washes up on the shore of Prince Edwards Island, just barley alive. Here he meets many friendly people and animals, as well as some mean ones. Tango dearly wishes to go home, though. On his journey, Tango meets McKenna Skye, Beau Fox, Augusta, and Nigel. McKenna Skye: McKenna Skye is a runaway orphan girl. She doesn't know for sure who her real mother or father are, aas she has had seven foster homes since she was born. The one foster mother she liked, Annie Pike, had to move to Toranto. McKenna is on a journey to reunite with Annie. As her social worker searches for her, McKenna stays in a shack on Bart Cody's property. Big Bart is supposedly her "uncle". Augusta helps McKenna start her own shop for tourists called Enchanted Candles. McKenna makes the candles from a recipe she found in a bible in the attic of Annie Pike's house. The recipe is supposed to make "Enchanted Candles". She sells the candles she makes and raises enough money to pay the Codys for groceries, a man named Jack Tucker for supplies, board a trip to Toranto, and have money left over. Beau Fox: Beau met McKenna years ago when she was trapped in a net, naked by a lake. Beau gives her to a human's house. Beau made friends with Tango, and was very old. Augusta: Augusta takes in Tango when she finds him on the beach. She nurses him back to health, and calls him "Pup" because his silver collar and heart shaped identification tag were lost in the sea. Augusta always wanted a child, but never had the chance to have one. As a retired teacher and widow, Augusta owns a shop called One-of-a-Kind. Here she sells scarves, sweaters, and other clothing pieces she knitted herself. Nigel: Nigel was a house cat, but when he strayed too far from home, his leg was caught in a lobster trap and he had to chew his leg off. After that, he was too ashamed to go back home, so he joined a group of rag-tag cats who live in the Pitiful Place. By these cats he is known as Stump. Nigel does all the work for these cats, and is very cruel. Although he is cruel, he is the nicest of the cats. Overall, I love everything about this book. I am 11 years old, and found this book one of the cutest and sweetest I've ever read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really like this book it is adventurous and fun i think you should read this book i reccomend it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read thus book, but the real book, but just like the first few chapters it got kind of sad and very sad
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An amazing book! I haven't heard of anythhing like it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I havent bought the ebook of Tango yet but I am reading a softback copy of the book now. I think it is an adable and heartwarming story so far and I am actually dreading the ending because then the book will be over. I would recomend this book to anyone who loves a cute story about a cute dog and their BIG adventure
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My 10 year old daughter does not get "wrapped up" in a book. It doesn't matter if I offer to read it to her, or if she is reading. So I was thrilled when she started reading Tango, and couldn't put it down. My husband read it, and we read it as a family. We all LOVED it.
SuperSpaghetti More than 1 year ago
Tango is a quick, fun read. The interesting characters and unique storyline make this the perfect book for younger readers! Tango, a cute, funny dog, is swept away from his beautiful owner, Marcellina's boat. He washes up in a trap on Prince Edward Island. This island is the home of many, many interesting characters. My personal favorite is McKenna Skye, a complicated teenager, who seems to have a lot of secrets she doesn't tell her friend Gustie. She sells Enchanted Candles that have brilliant names that make me want to go out and buy some candles! Another character I love is Beau Fox. He is Tango's best friend and it is interesting to hear how they talk to one another. He is smart, witty, and so kind it makes me wish could talk to him, too. There are many more wonderful characters in this book, they all live such different lives until one little dog brings them together. Tango. When you finish this book you'll want to go get your own little Tango, befriend someone as amazing as McKenna, and get a silver heart at Tiffany's. And then you'll want to read this great book again.
Anonymous 16 days ago
Great amount of description. Eileen Beha really makes you feel like you are Tango, running around the little island,and watching your friend making candles. This book made me want to have a dog and to make candles. My dad is trying to buy me wax to make my own candles. This book is full of adventures. Tango is a very heartfelt character. It made me feel so afraid when he gets attacked by the cats. The same thing happened when I found out that Tango was stuck in the trap. If you are a dog lover like me you will love this book. - PoweFlash27
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InTheBookcase More than 1 year ago
There is no other word to describe this book except for... ENCHANTING! 'Tango' is the cutest dog's tale (pun intended) that I've read in a looooong time. Maybe since 'Because of Winn-Dixie'. Once you start reading 'Tango' you may think you're just reading a sugary little story about a Yorkshire Terrier puppy... but you're not. Before you know it, you're intertwined in this dog's life, and you find yourself in a dramatic, sweeping account of love, family, and how one finds true happiness in life. Tango, the little Yorkie who loves his ritzy New York owner, Marcellina, gets shipwrecked, alone, and on the doorstep of death. The villagers in Victoria-by-the-Sea find him and take great interest in the little dog that came from the sea. As Tango heals, his longing for the beloved Marcellina increases, although he has no means of getting to her. The story is told sometimes by the people, and sometimes from the island animals' point of view. Much drama can take place in a little village concerning a little brown dog with a stump for a tail. There were several clues spread throughout the book that the author, Eileen Beha, is a true L.M. Montgomery fan. While reading about the Pitiful Place, I always could only imagine the same scenes I created in my mind long ago while reading about the Disappointed House in 'Emily of New Moon'. So many elements and characters in the plot come together seamlessly in the story, forming the full grand scheme. I found myself so excited to learn how each character's part of the story would unfold in Victoria-by-the-Sea (I fell in love with the entire village). That's how it is when an author writes about Prince Edward Island... an orphan or two... and spices it with enchantment.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is interesting but not the best
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awsome and cool and the beast book ever
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is such a heartwarming story. I just want to read it over and over again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you say you do not like this book i disagere with you. Sorry you just have your opinyon
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I recomend it for expirienced readers. It is very complicated but awsome and exciting
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a very good book i am a teenager and i love this book even my little sister its a great book and you can get a sample of the book to see if you like it great book to READ READ READ!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read this book 7 times and i still love it and i still cry and laugh as i read it. It never gets old.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can see why it is a book AWARD
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Haley77 More than 1 year ago
Tango lives in a fancy apartment in New York City. He has a silver chain for a collar and special booties for walking in central park. But when his owners take him on a sailing trip, Tango falls over-board. When he washes up on Prince Edward Island, Tango waits for his owners to come rescue him. After a long time, Tango decides that he will have to find his way home on his own. This is a difficult task for Tango (being so used to his pampered home in New York City). Along the way, Tango makes friends with a fox named Beau, a sad widow, and a runaway girl looking for a home of her own. Will Tango ever find his way home? Will He ever get back to New York City? Read the book to find out more. I liked this book because it was kind of interesting and I like dogs. But at the same time I also thought it was kind of boring (not exciting)
ReaderLiz More than 1 year ago
Using the color and charm of Prince Edward Island as its backdrop, this tale turns a pampered pooch into a genuine hero and wins your heart in the process. Beha deftly weaves together the story of Tango, his rescuer Gustie, and McKenna, an orphaned teen. The island's animal "underworld" simmers with tension and threat and leads to a conclusion that will have readers turning pages as fast as they possibly can.