High school, junior year, and Emma is barely getting by, head down as she stays low on the social radar. Sadie, her best friend and constant companion, craves attention and understanding as much as Emma does. The two of them find strength and comfort in their friendship while surviving one crisis after another. Thing is, Sadie only weighs four pounds, stands ten inches tall and talks to Emma by barking. Until Emma notices something very unusual - Sadie displays a high degree of intelligence. Way intelligent. As in Emma and her learn how to communicate intelligent. Just the two of them, by jointly creating a special language only they know. Way special. Emma soon realizes the benefits of owning an intelligent dog with superior senses. Hiding Sadie in a converted purse sure makes for loads of classroom hijinks. Follow their story as the two risk discovery, an unexpected family tragedy, dog fighting, puppy mills and a glimpse into the secret world of canines through Sadie’s senses. This is Sadie’s challenge, a dog enduring her own teenage angst, struggling to find respect and acceptance in human society. Sadie Sapiens blends the pleasures and pains of a dog and young woman growing up together, proving that some bonds are strong enough to survive across species.
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Sadie, the Crusader
Helping kids of ALL ages - from 10 to 92... to understand dog behaviors & thinking processes, but this dog's observations of their human counterpart's behaviors, both in amusing and serious instances. Sadie sheds light on so many important aspects on human and canine relationships thru a unique storyline that will capture your heart, mind and spirit. This story addresses important moments of death (both of pets and humans), animal cruelty, humane treatment of pets and the not-so humane, animal shelters & foster caregivers... just to name a few.
I don't know. It is like no other that "I" have read. Others I have read (i.e. Marley & Me and viewed a few dog related movies), but this is not a true or embellished true story nor a doggy-buddy story. It's one of a kind. Very unique.
Yes, I have listened to Paula Slade's other performances. All are excellent for each style of book. This book had an immense cast of similar & radically different roles. There were a few voices in each age, sex, human/not human & / or character types, which Paula presented confidently and was consistent on each... moving flawlessly between the dialogue and narrator voices with seamless ease.
Frankly, this story was so packed with emotional highs and even scary scenarios, that I had to take a break (just one). After that.... when I sensed the book was ending -- I remember saying out loud... "No, don't end."
I feel that this book is more appropriate for 13 to Adult. I think a 10 year-old is not ready for some of the drama, but, it should be up to each parent to decide.I also have to say, that I feel that Paula Slade is an awesome storyteller. Between the story and her performance, I sense we haven't heard the last of either.Also, I really zeroed in on the reality of having a dog (or cat, for that matter)... that we don't realize that our human relationships in our shared home -- happy, sad, laughing and even having words of discourse ... must affect our four-legged family members. Hmmm.... something to think about.
- Michaela M. Nelson
I haven't read the print edition, but I doubt that it would touch me as much as this audio version. I could close my eyes and picture the characters... even Sadie!
For all the important messages that were touched upon in Sadie Sapiens, I was most moved by the relationship between Emma and Sadie. I laughed out loud hearing Sadie speaking 'Doglish' (something between normal dog-to-dog communication and English) to talk to Emma when there were (unenlightened) people around.
When it comes to narrators, Paula Slade is a gem. A little way into Sadie Sapiens, you begin to hear the distinct voices of all the different characters. If you close your eyes, it's like a movie!
I downloaded this book on a whim, charmed by the cover. It's not my usual genre, so I didn't listen to it in one sitting, but I enjoyed it more and more, the deeper I got into the story.
There's lots of emotion in this book, and it touches on some serious subjects. I wouldn't recommend it for the little ones. Despite the cover, this is a book for young-adult to adult animal lovers.
- Karen L. Hanson