The BossQueen, Little BigBark, and the Sentinel Pup

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In her debut novel about blending families, loss, and growing up, Sarah Clark Jordan writes from the perspective of three dogs as their Pack moves to a new home-one that comes complete with a troublesome cat and new responsibilities.
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Overview

In her debut novel about blending families, loss, and growing up, Sarah Clark Jordan writes from the perspective of three dogs as their Pack moves to a new home-one that comes complete with a troublesome cat and new responsibilities.
  • A moving coming-of-age story.
  • Perfect for summer reading lists.
"Anyone who's ever loved a dog will cheer for The BossQueen, Little BigBark,and the Sentinel Pup." -Megan McDonald, author of the Judy Moody series

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Children's Literature
Blending families—and moving to do so—is hard on all family members, even the pets. Young readers who wonder how dogs feel about these routine-shattering events should read Jordan's charming and compelling book, written in dogs' own words. OurShe, so named by the three dogs who love her, is marrying and moving them all into a house with OurHe (groom), OurBoy and OurGirl (his children). OurShe's three dogs— Chrissy, the BossQueen (an aging Australian Shepherd), Layla (the rottweiler) SecondDog in TheOrder of Things, whose aging hips make her job harder, and Mina, or the Sentinel Pup (an abandoned stray adopted by OurShe)—all worry about doing OurJob in the new house and yard. All seems to go well at first. The three are delighted to be enlarging OurPack and living in a house with a large yard in which to make puddles. They watch for the children to return from school, establish their territory via barking with the neighborhood dogs and expand their Job—protecting OurShe, chasing cats and barking until unfamiliar people move on. But there is a problem: That Cat, named Thomas, who already lives in the house. He is not about to be chased away. What now? This charming book is about blended families, fearful moments when the children leave the gate open, and heartbreaking sadness as the two older dogs reach their "time to go." 2004, Tricycle Press/Ten Speed Press, Ages 8 to 12.
—Judy Crowder
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-This charming story describes three dogs that move with their owner, OurShe, to join OurHe, OurBoy, OurGirl, and That Cat to form a new Pack in a new home. Third-person narration begins each action-packed chapter and is followed by sections written in the voices of the eldest dog, Chris, the BossQueen; Layla, who is Second Dog; and Mina, who is the Last Dog. The chatty narrative describes how TheGirls work together to do TheJob of protecting the human and animal members of their Pack and settle into their new surroundings. There are delightful descriptions of guarding the house, chasing a mouse, herding cows, and playing games, as well as striking depictions of leadership, cooperation, learning, and grief. With love and support from the Pack, Mina grows from a fearful, timid dog who overcomes the shock of abandonment to a leader well served by her keen observations and sensitivity. There is lots of humor, from TheGirls making Puddles to Layla insisting she's a lapdog since her 90 pounds make her a small Rottweiler. The invented spellings may deter some, but readers will be rewarded by this keenly observed and artfully crafted tale of canine, human, and feline cohabitation. This is a good companion to Avi's The Good Dog (Atheneum, 2001), a lively story that also explores character issues through the voice of a canine narrator.-Laura Scott, Farmington Community Library, MI Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781582461151
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 8/28/2004
  • Pages: 144
  • Age range: 7 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.78 (w) x 8.14 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

SARAH CLARK JORDAN’s short stories and essays have been published in various publications and collections. She lives with her husband Gary and their three children in the Dalas/Fort Worth area.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2005

    Fun read.

    You will love this endearing family story from a pet's perspective. If you are in the mood for a light-hearted, original dog tale, you will enjoy this story. This book will become a family favorite.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2004

    You'll never look at your dog the same way again!

    If you want to imagine what your pets are thinking, you can get a good idea from this book! The internal dialogue of the three dogs and cat, is insightful, and best of all, hilarious. My nine-year old son, fifteen year-old daughter and I (and our own mutt) read it together. We were disappointed when it came to an end. Even now, weeks later, we still apply some of the book's phrases to our own animal menagerie. For instance, in the book, the dogs obediently go into the kitchen to find 'the snacks left for them on the floor by ourboy and ourgirl...' The passing of the oldest dog, though sad, is handled tastefully and gently, so younger children will not be traumatized. This is refreshing-lately, we've been reading some 'award-winning books,' that are horrible in their gore and trauma! Any age reader who is an animal lover will enjoy The BossQueen, Little BigBark and the Sentinel Pup. It's a nice escape from the hectic complicated world of car pools and video games...

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