Thursday, August 28, 2014

One Last Summer Read PLUS A Give-Away

 Tango

Put together one very cute dog who’s searching for home with a seemingly enchanted island setting and you’ll have a good start for a summer read. But novels are about more than just the ingredients. It’s all in how things come together.

In Tango: The Tale of an Island Dog (Bloomsbury, 2009), author Eileen Beha combines these elements in a solidly entertaining novel for ages 8 to 12.

Tango, a pampered Yorkie, is separated from his owner, Marcellina, in a storm off Prince Edward Island. He’s swept ashore to the village of Victoria-by-the-Sea. The townspeople save him, but no matter how many new friendships he makes, he can’t forget Marcellina.

Tango is a wonderfully appealing character, but the story succeeds largely because of the world the author creates for him to inhabit. 

Beha introduces readers to a whole village of characters—both animal and human—each with unique quirks and longings. From Gustie, the retired schoolteacher, down to the village’s spooky white rat, all add dimension and depth to the story.

They give Tango a place in which to thrive and grow.


 Secrets of Eastcliff by the Sea

Now for the Give-Away part of this post. Put your email address in the Follow by Email slot at the top of this page (below my own cute dog, Riley), and you may receive a pre-publication copy of The Secrets of Eastcliff-by-the-Sea (Simon & Schuster, Beach Lane Books, 2014), Beha’s brand-new book, recently reviewed here at Story-Slinger.

Good luck! And happy late-summer reading!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

The Secrets of Eastcliff-by-the-Sea

Eileen Beha's newest book feels old-fashioned, in all the best ways.

The Secrets of Eastcliff-by-the-Sea is a brand-new novel for ages 8 to 12 that’s wonderfully old-fashioned. It’s got all the elements of a good family read-aloud: absolutely adorable sock monkeys (especially the one named Throckmorton), a coastal Maine setting, and a determined young girl.

Annaliese is desperate to get to the bottom of a mystery: why did her mother leave when she was a toddler and why has she never come back to the hulking old mansion at Eastcliff-by-the-Sea?

Throckmorton is a handmade sock monkey. Like all of his kind, he is:

Loving.
Loyal.
A very good listener.
And he’[s] never—not even once!—stopped smiling.

Lately, however, he’s been neglected by his human, Annaliese. To make sure he’s not consigned to the bottom of a toy box, Throckmorton must do something extraordinary.


Author Eileen Beha (Tango:The Tale of an Island Dog) brings these parallel storylines together, spinning a compelling tale of smiling sock monkeys and secrets revealed. With plenty of suspense, plot twists, and a houseful of relatives, this novel is bursting with appeal.

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