Waggit Again

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Abandoned . . . again!

Waggit misses the team of dogs who live in Central Park—his real family. He should have listened to them and never trusted the human. Now she's brought him to a faraway place and left him there.

But Waggit is determined to find his way back home and nothing is going to stop him . . . not chains, not cruel enemies, not anything. When Waggit comes face-to-face with a very unusual human and an unlikely ally, he must decide ...

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Overview

Abandoned . . . again!

Waggit misses the team of dogs who live in Central Park—his real family. He should have listened to them and never trusted the human. Now she's brought him to a faraway place and left him there.

But Waggit is determined to find his way back home and nothing is going to stop him . . . not chains, not cruel enemies, not anything. When Waggit comes face-to-face with a very unusual human and an unlikely ally, he must decide if he can trust his instincts and his heart one more time. The long journey may lead him to the park, but what if it isn't home anymore?

In this sequel to Waggit's Tale, Peter Howe continues the exciting story of a young dog who finds what he needs to survive in the most unexpected places.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Debra Lampert-Rudman
Home is where your friends live, according to a young dog named Waggit who finds himself far from home without a friend in the world quite often in this story. In Waggit Again, the sequel to Howe's Waggit's Tale, Waggit is a talking dog who, early in his journey home to Central Park, finds an "upright" (a name for human beings) named Felicia who can understand him. Squirrels are called "Curlytails," a "Feeder" is a Restaurant, and "Ruzelas" are anyone in authority from rangers to policemen, and so forth. A glossary at the back of the book covers the extensive dog-vocabulary. Each of the characters struggles through some very trying experiences. Lug, one of Waggit's dog friends, was repeatedly beaten by the person who fed him at a bar. Waggit was abandoned by his owner, so he is afraid of being abandoned again. Motherless, troubled characters comfort one another throughout the book, and there is a death and funeral, as well. Readers may draw comparisons between foster and homeless situations with some of the dogs' stories. This book could lead to discussions on definitions of family, courage, responsibility, and social issues for middle-grade students. Reviewer: Debra Lampert-Rudman
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Gr 4-7

When Waggit, a dog, runs away from a farm where he was left by his owner, he begins a dangerous journey. His goal is to return to New York City's Central Park where he had lived with a pack of dogs until a woman had adopted-and then deserted-him. He befriends Felicia, a woman who can talk to dogs. He also ends up traveling with Lug, a pit bull afraid of his own shadow. The trio makes it to Central Park where Waggit is reunited with his friends but encounters some disturbing changes within the pack that he must help to rectify. Waggit is an empathetic main character whose resilience will endear him to readers. The challenges he encounters create a fast-paced tale. The wide range of human and animal characters adds interest to the story, such as kindly and resourceful Felicia and vicious and clever Tashi, leader of a rogue pack. Some special terminology is introduced to show how dogs might perceive certain things, e.g., humans are called "uprights," rats are known as "scurries," and horses are referred to as "longlegs." A glossary helps readers understand these terms, which are at times a bit awkward and, maybe, unnecessary in this spirited and appealing adventure.-Carol Schene, formerly at Taunton Public Schools, MA

Kirkus Reviews
In this lovely sequel to Waggit's Tale (2008), which introduced the irrepressible former stray, Howe delves deeper into the bond between humans and dogs and explores friendship, loyalty, courage and doing what's right. At the outset, Waggit is chained on a farm, believing himself to have been inexplicably abandoned by his loving former owner. Escaping this peril, he meets Felicia, a bohemian woman who has the gift of understanding and communicating with dogs. Along the road back to his Central Park home, they encounter Lug, an abused, fearful pit bull. When they find Waggit's original team of strays, he is heartily welcomed, and Felicia and Lug are warily accepted. All is not as it seems, though: Adventures ensue, and allegiances are tested. In the hands of a less-skilled writer, the magical realism of the dog-whispering Felicia might seem unnatural and maudlin at best; here, her relationship with the dogs is made wonderfully plausible. Waggit's growth in self-understanding is also fully developed and well handled, and the ending will satisfy readers deeply. (Fantasy. 9-12)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780007300273
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books
  • Publication date: 7/28/2009

Meet the Author

Peter Howe was born in London, lived in New York for more than thirty years, and currently resides in Connecticut with his wife and two dogs. He is a former New York Times Magazine and Life magazine picture editor and the author of two books on photography, Shooting Under Fire and Paparazzi. He is also the author of the Waggit’s Tale series, about an abandoned dog and his pack who live in Central Park.

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Waggit Again SNY

Chapter One

Waggit's Escape

Even though he was wearing his leather collar Waggit could still feel the chain biting into his neck as he pulled on it. It hurt to move the links backward and forward over the sharp edge of the rock, but he could bear the pain; what he couldn't tolerate was staying one more day on this farm. So he had done the same thing every night for weeks, ever since the farmer staked him out in the backyard after his fight with the dog called Hodge. The chain was old and rusty, but so far it had resisted his best efforts to snap it.

Maybe tonight, he thought. Maybe it will break tonight.

The night was moonless and very dark, and his escape would be that much easier if he broke free now. He continued to pace back and forth, keeping the chain taut, his head held down, listening to the grinding noise of the metal as it chafed against the rock. The task was made more difficult by the need for silence. The other dogs slept unshackled only a few feet away, and any of them, Hodge in particular, would have raised the alarm if they heard his attempts to break free.

Hodge was the leader of the farmyard dogs. His name was short for Hodgepodge, and he was a tough, lumbering creature who looked as if he had been made out of the parts left over from other dogs. When Waggit and his owner had arrived at the farm after a long drive, she had let him loose in the yard. He had been pleased to see other dogs and had run up to them eagerly. To his surprise they all cowered as he came near. He was just about to explain that he only wanted to say hello when he heard a growl behind him. He turned to seeHodge, his teeth bared and his hackles up.

"Well, what do we have here?" the tough dog said with contempt. "Is this a city dog I see? Have you come here to teach us all your fancy city ways?"

"No," said Waggit, not sure why the dog was being so aggressive. "I only wanted to say hi. I'm just visiting. My owner's going to take me back home in a minute."

"Well," said Hodge, "you'd better hope she does, 'cause we've got some country ways we can teach you, and they all involve pain."

But as it turned out, Waggit's owner didn't take him back. She had driven off, and although at first he had confidently waited for her to return and take him to the city, his optimism had drained away as many days passed and still there was no sign of her. He became resigned to life in the yard, keeping to himself, which wasn't hard to do. If any of the other dogs approached him or tried to be friendly, Hodge snarled at them and told them to leave the "city boy" alone.

This went on until Waggit could stand it no longer. The farmer fed the dogs once a day, putting down battered metal bowls that contained mostly table scraps. Hodge would frequently wolf down his own food and then shove another dog out of the way and take his or her meal as well. He had never tried it with Waggit until one day.

Waggit was about to put his nose into his bowl when he was knocked sideways by Hodge's shoulder.

"Leave it," Waggit barked as the bully was about to empty the bowl of its contents.

"Oh my, a tough guy," Hodge sneered. "And we were all of us just saying what a scaredy-cat you seem to be."

Now, you can call a dog any number of nasty things and they will roll right off his back, but only the most timid of dogs would tolerate being called a scaredy-cat—and Waggit was far from timid. Hodge didn't realize that even though Waggit was still young, he hadn't always been the spoiled pet the country dog mistook him for. Parts of Waggit's short life had been very hard indeed, and although not a fighter by nature, he could only be pushed so far.

Waggit leapt at Hodge without warning, taking the other dog by surprise and putting him on his back. Hodge quickly recovered and went on the attack. But if he was much stronger, Waggit was much quicker, and he would dart in and nip the bigger dog and then retreat. As his opponent lumbered toward him he continued his hit-and-run tactics, driving the bigger dog wild. How this would have ended nobody will ever know, because the noise that the other dogs made as they watched—plus the angry growls of Hodge as he grew more and more frustrated—attracted the farmer's attention, and the next thing Waggit knew he was chained up. The farmer didn't care who was right and who was wrong; he simply needed peace in the farmyard.

Waggit was happy to oblige the man by removing himself completely. And so he moved backward and forward, backward and forward, knowing that every scrape of metal against stone brought him a little closer to freedom. His neck ached with the effort, but still the link wouldn't give. He took a short break and noticed that the sky was beginning to get a little lighter. Dawn was coming. The thought of another day on the farm so panicked him that he pulled against the chain with all his might. Suddenly there was a ping and he fell backward. The chain had broken! Unfortunately as it snapped it snaked back across the yard and hit the sleeping Hodge squarely on the nose. He yelped and sat up, instantly awake.

Waggit Again SNY. Copyright © by Peter Howe. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Posted June 11, 2009

    A Delightful Dog Adventure

    If you read Waggit you will love Waggit Again. Once more he is on his own, abandoned in a remote and hostile farm and longing for his old friends in New York. Waggit breaks out to make a long and thrilling journey to Central Park. But rejoining the old gang isn't easy and he encounters new and desperate choices. This book is a real page turner and was loved by my grandchildren.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 16, 2009

    waggit again- a great dog adventure!

    Waggit Again is a beautifully told story about the adventures of an adorable street dog. The book will surely be loved by children, but as an adult, I really could not put it down. The author, Peter Howe, obviously has a great love and understanding of dogs and has even created a special language with which they communicate with each other. This is a great read for everyone. I highly recommend it.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 16, 2009

    Waggit Waggit Waggit 2

    This book was amazing! As the sequel to Waggit's Tale the story just keeps going but, you must read Waggit's tale first. I love Waggit and i couldn't put the book down I finished it in only about a week. It was so good that my Mom would have to tell me to go to sleep but, I couldn't stop always wanting to know what would happen next. Peter Howe is an amazing author and I am craving more. This book is happy at times and sad at times but everything works out. When Waggit gets lost from his new home with the lady he makes his way back home to his real home in the park with the team but, along the way meets some new friends. All the characters have great personalities and there are some new members to the team too. It is very descriptive too with amazing imagery just as if you were actually there. This is a must read story! A truly uplifting tale and perfect for all ages even adults. It will make an amazing movie and i can't wait for what will happen next!

    Emma Hoskins, 13

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted October 17, 2012

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    Survivors Fanfiction The Storm Of Dogs Lucky dashed through the grounds. A Fierce Dog warrior was chasing him. "Can't catch me!" Lucky teased. But the snapping jaws of the Fierce Dog were fast. Lucky tried to be brave but Fierce Dogs scared him. Running, the Fierce Dog warrior leapt and teeth locked in his thigh, slashing fangs scouring down his legs. Yelping, Lucky turned around, rammed forward, and crashed into the Fierce Dog, pushing him. "Lucky, help!" A voice cried. Lucky whipped his head around to see his mate, a swift-dog named Sweet. "Sweet! I'm coming!" Lucky barked. Leaping through the crowd, he made his way to where Sweet was fighting another swift-dog warrior in the Storm of Dogs. Lucky skidded to a halt, his chest heaving. Sweet was pinned by the weight of the other swift-dog. Lucky jumped up, trying to kill the other swift-dog. The sheltie-retriever tried to tackle his enemy. But just as he leapt, jaws grabbed the golden-furred dog. He whipped his head around to see his sister, Bella. "Don't do that Lucky," she woofed. "Why not?" Lucky demanded, his lips peeling back into a snarl. "It is too dangerous. You don't want to be killed, do you?" Bella barked. "I don't want my mate to be killed either! Would you like yours to be? I've lived half my life as a Lone Dog! I know what to do!" Lucky challenged his Alpha. Bella opened her jaws to reply but was cut off by a loud cracking in the ground. A Fierce Dog barreled into him, bowling him over and pinned him to the ground. Kicking the Fierce Dog off, Lucky saw Sweet still fighting. The Fierce Dog pinned him again and Lucky prepared himself to die. But to his surprise, the weight lifted. Lucky hunched back with surprise to see who his rescuers were: Blade, Dagger, and Mace. "Why did you save me!?" Lucky demanded, startled. "You think even WE enjoy the Storm of Dogs? Even us are outnumbered," Blade woofed. The white mark in the shape of a fang on the side of her neck was still there. "So we agreed to team up. After that, we go back to being enemies," Dagger added. "That's right," Mace agreed, his eyes narrowing to slits. Lucky should've known. Even the Fierce Dogs Pack hates the Storm of Dogs. "We should kill these insolent furbags," Dagger roared. "Agreed. We'll make them wish they were NEVER born," Mace sneered. "Yes. My close followers are right. Let's shred their limbs off!" Blade roared, her teeth flaring. Lucky nodded. "We don't have much time. We need to finish this quickly," Lucky pointed out. Blade threw herself on an enemy who was nearby. At that, Dagger and Mace raced off. Lucky dived ad saw Bella fighting what looked like the Alpha of them. More would come....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2012

    Waggit

    Grrrrrrrrreat!!!!!!!!!

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  • Posted March 9, 2012

    Definitely a good read!

    This may be classified as a childs book but for dog lovers it is not only a good read but a must one. The story is believable and well written. Take some time to indulge yourself in a great story and let Waggit fill you with hope and enjoyment!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2012

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    THat was THE MOST AWESOME BOOK EVER!! You have to read it if you love DOGS!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2012

    Waggits

    Love it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2010

    Epic Adventures Begin With Waggit, But Read Book One First

    You should read Waggit's Tale first before reading this wonderful book. It is great! It is the most epic book I have read, with a HUGE dramatic twist in plot. I kept reading the part over and over. Now I eat breath and sleep Waggit. EXCELLENT, GREAT, EPIC. Go to www.Waggitstale.com for more stuff like professional reviews, meet the team, the real dog who inspired Waggit, and more! I read it in 2 days.

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  • Posted May 22, 2010

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    An Epic Sequel To "Waggit's Tale"!

    "Waggit Again" is the story of one young dog named Waggit, who was abandoned in New York's Central Park and joined a team of other free dogs. A rare sight, this sequel to "Waggit's Tale" is even more impressive than the first book in the series, with a detailed map of the park, charming chapter-header drawings, and a glossary in the back, complete with the team's terms for everyday things, such as Uprights (humans) and hoppers (rabbits). The plot takes an epic turn in events that made me read and re-read that chapter in surprise. Then, I promptly read aloud to my friends in family, who were all wondering why I was just sitting there, gasping!

    In this masterfully-written tale, which is sure to become a classroom favorite, Waggit learns how to survive in the most unexpected of places and situations, and challenges the reader to delve deeper into one's self as Howe's writing makes readers attuned to the characters' feelings and emotions. Though I would recommend reading "Waggit's Tale" first, so you can fully absorb the significance of the plot's twists and turns, I would
    read "Waggit Again" in a heart-beat. Its a perfect book for children ages 9 and up, but can be read aloud to kids 6 and older. I highly recommend this book, and be sure to enjoy the other books in the series so far, "Waggit's Tale" and "Waggit Forever" for more delightful stories animal lovers and even the most reluctant reader will cherish! Howe has done it again!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2009

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    Amazing book!

    My ten year old daughter purchased this book with her own money. She was so excited to get it and started reading it immediately. She loved the book and would reccomened it to anyone who enjoys books about dogs.

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