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Gr 4-6-An abandoned puppy meets Tazar, leader of a pack of dogs that ekes out a precarious living in Central Park. The animals accept him and name him Waggit, after his constantly wagging tail, and he gradually learns how to hunt and scavenge for food and negotiate the many hazards of the park. Most important of all, he learns to distrust humans, or "Uprights." Then Waggit is captured by animal-control officers and taken to the pound. When a woman adopts him, he discovers what it's like to be a companion dog and to be treated kindly by a human, even though it means being completely dependent. This is an engaging story, and the various canine characters are depicted in loving detail. Howe does not romanticize the lives of feral dogs; Waggit, Tazar, and the rest of the pack contend with hunger, illness, and serious injuries. However, the tone of this book is less somber than Ann M. Martin's A Dog's Life (Scholastic, 2005), which deals with similar subject matter.-Kathleen E. Gruver, Burlington County Library, Westampton, NJ Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

"A charming, sometimes heartbreaking tale." -- Litchfield County Times
"This children's book will pull your heartstrings!"--Quick & Simple
"A charming, sometimes heartbreaking tale."--Litchfield County Times
"Peter Howe's Waggit's Tale, about an abandoned puppy surviving in the wilds of a city park while looking for friendship, mises emotion and suspense."--Parade
"The story will appeal to young dog lovers and to devotees of New York City and Central Park."--Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)
"Waggit's relationship with his compatriots develops well and lovingly, with humor."--Kirkus Reviews
"A coming-of-age tale told from the canine perspective. Dog lovers will enjoy. Readers will find themselves drawn into the struggles and triumphs of Waggit's found family."--Publishers Weekly
"A richly imagined story of a puppy, abandoned by his owner. Will delight readers 10 and up, and younger children are likely to enjoy it read aloud."--Newark Star Ledger
"This is an excellent book to add to your dog collections."--School Library Journal
"Howe's children's-book debut presents a charming, mostly episodic tale complete with endearing characters."--ALA Booklist
Howe s children s-book debut presents a charming, mostly episodic tale complete with endearing characters. --ALA Booklist"
A coming-of-age tale told from the canine perspective. Dog lovers will enjoy. Readers will find themselves drawn into the struggles and triumphs of Waggit s found family. --Publishers Weekly"
This is an excellent book to add to your dog collections. --School Library Journal"
A richly imagined story of a puppy, abandoned by his owner. Will delight readers 10 and up, and younger children are likely to enjoy it read aloud. --Newark Star Ledger"
A charming, sometimes heartbreaking tale. --Litchfield County Times"
This children s book will pull your heartstrings! --Quick & Simple"
Peter Howe s Waggit s Tale, about an abandoned puppy surviving in the wilds of a city park while looking for friendship, mises emotion and suspense. --Parade"
The story will appeal to young dog lovers and to devotees of New York City and Central Park. --Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)"
Waggit s relationship with his compatriots develops well and lovingly, with humor. --Kirkus Reviews"

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