Angus and Sadie
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They're brother and sister, but Angus is bigger. He is a good, brave, and clever dog—and he likes that. Sadie isn't as quick to learn—or to obey. Angus thinks she's scared of everything, but Sadie knows that's not true.
Newbery Medalist Cynthia Voigt's story of border collie puppies growing up on a farm in Maine is for animal lovers of all ages, and for anyone who's ever had—or ever wondered what it would be like to have—a brother or sister just like themselves, but very, very different.
One warm, sunny day at the end of May, Angus and Sadie had emptied their food bowls and were waiting for Mister and Missus to finish cleaning their plates so they could have midday training. Angus said to Sadie, The cows graze all day, eating grass, so really the cows feed themselves, like the barn cats do. He thought some more. Mister and Missus feed themselves, too. Because, he said, as if Sadie had asked him what he meant, they find their own food. So it’s only us and Patches and the chickens
If she had done that, she wouldn’t be here alone with this silly frightened sheep. She was all alone, and she didn’t know what to do, and that sheep just stood there with its eyes closed as if it were asleep in the shed beside the barn with the rest of its flock, as if nothing were wrong. But everything was wrong. They had to get home. Sadie suddenly knew that, for sure. She didn’t know where home was, or what was the way from here to home, but she did know that one thing, Home. At that
Just another breath, wait one breath. Good, now another … Sadie was getting confused again, and that made it harder for her to be trained. She wanted Angus not to help her anymore, especially right now. That’ll do! Angus, Sadie said. She needed to pay close attention to Missus. She tried to explain that to Angus. You don’t know everything. That’ll do! 11 How everybody knows something but nobody knows everything, and it’s not a race When Sadie said to Angus, You don’t know everything,
even stir when the two barn cats crept in to examine them. 2 How Angus and Sadie get in trouble and learn their way around, and how Angus is a hero As soon as they heard the big barn door sliding open the next morning, the puppies awoke and started to feel hungry. They were ready to get out of that stall. “Good morning, Angus, and good morning, Sadie,” said Mister, opening their stall door. “It’s good to see you. Sleep well? Ah, I see you did knock over your water.” They ran up to him,
one for Angus and one for Sadie in their stall in the barn. When Sadie woke up alone at night she chewed gently on it, and it squeaked to tell her everything was all right. Angus was happy to have his in the stall, because he needed some time to work on it, to find out what that squeaker was. In the morning, after he had done that, and fixed it so it would never squeak again, he took Sadie’s. Mine, he said. I need it. All right, and she ran her head right into his shoulder, so that he