Monday, June 20, 2011

Marvelous Middle Grade (Minnesota) Monday: Tango

Tango, written by Eileen Beha and published in 2009, continues my focus on middle grade authors who live in my home state.Tango brims with quirky, fun animal characters and intriguing people too. Animal lovers will adore this book as well as readers who want an adventurous romp.

The premise: Tango, a pampered and spoiled Yorkie from New York City, is swept overboard far, far from home. He swims, spits, and sputters his way to shore on Prince Edward Island. And all he wants is to go home. But Tango's silver charm name tag is plucked up by a cat on the beach where Tango came ashore and no one knows who Tango is or where his home might be.

 What keeps readers reading: Action, a delightful dog, and a runaway girl. As Tango searches for his silver name tag, he encounters friends and enemies. A fox named Beau becomes Tango's wise counsel. A sad widow becomes his caretaker. A runaway girl becomes his friend. But a pack of wild cats plan Tango's demise. Eileen Beha's Tango masterminds a tale of a dog who grows larger in heart than he ever will be in size.

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  1. This sounds delightful, Barbara. What a talented state from which you hail!

  2. Seriously, who doesn't love a bit with a dog. Great pick.

  3. Sounds like a great story. That's great you're spotlighting authors in your state.

  4. The writers and writing resources in Minneapolis/St Paul are beyond superb! It's a supportive place to be a new writer. If you've not heard of The Loft, google it.

    And, yes, a book about a dog grabs my heart any day of the week.

  5. What a great idea to review MG authors in your own area. The premise sounds great. Thanks!

  6. Sounds like a winner, Barbara! Nice review.

  7. Okay, fine. I usually hate dog books, but a Yorkie AND Prince Edward Island? I will have to read this with my YorkiePoo Sylvie beside me!

  8. Thanks for the review! It sounds like a cute book.

  9. Very cool. I'm a sucker for books like this. :)

    Angela @ The Bookshelf Muse

  10. Pam and Joanne, enjoy. And I have seven other fabulous MN writers to come!

    Ms. Yinling, I'll envision you and Sylvie reading this together. Eileen Beha would like that too.

    Myrna, it's cute but has a deep pocket to it also.

    Angela, this one is unique in that it alternates perspectives from time to time too. Interesting.


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