Sadie and Ratz

Sadie and Ratz

By Sonya Hartnett; Ann James (Illustrator)

Candlewick Press (MA), Hardcover, 9780763653156, 64pp.

Publication Date: March 27, 2012

Award-winning Sonya Hartnett spins a tale for younger readers about mischief, siblings, and taking matters into your own hands.
Sadie and Ratz are the names of Hannah's hands. They aren t animals, but they behave like wild beasts, says Dad. For one thing, they re always after four-year-old Baby Boy (whom Sadie wishes were a dog). They jump onto his head and try to rub his ears off. Baby Boy knows how to turn the tables, though, and when he spills milk on the carpet, he tells Grandma that Sadie and Ratz pushed him. But when Baby Boy goes too far, Hannah may have to send Sadie and Ratz on vacation to prove their innocence. Multi-award-winning author Sonya Hartnett brings her original sensibility, wry humor, and engaging characters to a younger audience, aided by Ann James's inviting illustrations.

About the Author
Sonya Hartnett is the winner of the 2008 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, the world's largest award for lifetime achievement in children's and youth literature. Her novels with Candlewick include Thursday's Child, What the Birds See, Stripes of the Sidestep Wolf, The Silver Donkey, The Ghost's Child, and Surrender, a Michael L. Printz Honor Book. She lives in Australia.

Ann James is one of Australia's best-known illustrators. She illustrated "Midnight Babies" by Margaret Wild and the Penny Pollard series by Robin Klein. Her honors include the Pixie O'Harris Award for Distinguished Service to Australian Children's Literature and the Dromkeen Medal. She lives in Melbourne, Australia, with her kelpie, Kip, who was the model for the dog in this book.

Praise For Sadie and Ratz

A piercingly intelligent foray into chapter books...for big sisters and Baby Boys adjusting to each other. A real slice of family life, the sweet with the bitter.
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Lindgren Award–winner Hartnett has been writing for younger and younger readers in recent years, but whether her audience is teenagers, middle-graders, or now chapter-book readers, she remains willing to expose humanity’s more selfish and destructive tendencies, while handling such themes in a way that’s on-target and appropriate for her audience.
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Hartnett adeptly conveys the pain and loneliness of an older sibling facing a monumental moment of change and captures what growing up really means to a child. This joyful choice for reading aloud serves as a discussion starter on coping, acceptance, and maturity, and as an instruction manual on personal narratives. There are myriad ways to appreciate this pitch-perfect story.
—School Library Journal (starred review)