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Eileen Beha
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Bloomsbury USA
Prince Edward Island
Tango is used to the good life. He has a silver heart charm for his dog  collar, a luxurious doggy bed—even specially-made booties for taking walks in Central Park. But disaster strikes when Tango’s owners sail into stormy waters off the coast of Nova Scotia and the little Yorkie is swept overboard. Washed ashore on Prince Edward Island, Tango waits for his owners to come for him. As days turn into weeks, Tango despairs of ever getting back to Manhattan—unless he does something about it himself.

Told by an omniscient narrator, Tango's tale shifts perspectives, alternating chapter by chapter between three animal and two human characters: Tango, a shipwrecked Yorkshire terrier; Beau, an island fox with a long-held secret; Augusta, a broken-hearted widow; Nigel, a three-legged cat fallen on hard times; and McKenna, a young Mi'kmaq girl who is on the run.

Will the little dog who is used to the good life find a place that his heart calls home?

1.   How did Tango change the lives of the characters in the book? Whose lives have you changed?
2.   When Doc Tucker says, "the first step in getting what you want is naming it—knowing what it is you want in the first place," what does he mean? Can you name what you want in life?
3.   Tango is lost to his original owners. Have you ever lost a pet? What are your best wishes for that pet?
4.   Why is Augusta reluctant to name the little dog she rescues?
5.   Tango vowed to bring honor to his name. Did he do that by the end of the book? What is your own plan for bringing honor to your name?
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