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Publisher's Summary

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.
©2014 Jeff T Bauer (P)2014 Jeff T Bauer
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4 out of 5 stars
By Michaela M. Nelson on 12-07-14

Sadie, the Crusader

What did you love best about Sadie Sapiens?

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.

What other book might you compare Sadie Sapiens to and why?

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.

Have you listened to any of Paula Slade’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

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.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

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."

Any additional comments?

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.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Raven H. Price on 12-06-17

Amazing Dog Tale

Would you listen to Sadie Sapiens again? Why?

Yes. I loved the way Sadie learned. Plus, the character dynamics were well written.

What did you like best about this story?

Picturing a small dog that knew more than most people.

Which scene was your favorite?

The ending where Sadie became the hero that leads a shooter away from people she cared about.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I was tempted, but I had too much to do.

Any additional comments?

From start to finish, this book was wonderful. As a person who loves dogs, the story captivated me and made me laugh, growl, and bite my nails at times. I will definitely be looking for more stories by this author and I hope the same narrator reads his work. I highly recommend this book for children and adults alike.

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