By (author) Karen Hesse, Illustrated by Marcia Sewall


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  • Publisher: St Martin's Press
  • Format: Paperback | 81 pages
  • Dimensions: 150mm x 185mm x 15mm | 136g
  • Publication date: 19 January 2010
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0312376103
  • ISBN 13: 9780312376109
  • Edition: 1
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 296,525

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Tate is overjoyed when a scrawny mutt turns up in the yard one day. She even persuades Mam and Pap to let her keep Sable, named for her dark, silky fur. But before long, the dog begins to cause trouble with the neighbors and Mam and Pap decide the dog must go. But Tate doesn't give up easily . . . and neither does Sable.

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Author information

Karen Hesse is the author of many books for young people, including "Out of the Dust," winner of the Newbery Medal, "Letters from Rifka," "Brooklyn Bridge," "Phoenix Rising," and "Lavender." She has received honors including the Scott O'Dell Historical Fiction Award, the Christopher Award, and the MacArthur Fellowship "Genius" Award, making her only the second children's book author to receive this prestigious grant. Born in Baltimore, Hesse graduated from the University of Maryland. She and her husband Randy live in Vermont.

Review quote

"An exceptional dog story--with a happy ending--whose length and pencil illustrations, one per chapter, make it attractive to young readers."--"School Library Journal", Starred Review "The plot is familiar . . . Hesse, however, makes the story seem fresh."--"Publishers Weekly" "With a fresh narrative voice, thoughtfully developed characters, and its surefire "Lassie Come-Home" ending, a fine early chapter book."--"Kirkus Reviews"