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.
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!