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The summer of Riley

by Bunting, Eve, 1928-

Format: Print Book 2002
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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CLP - Main Library First Floor Children's Department - Special Collections rj PAPERBACK Bunting
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  First Floor Children's Department - Special Collections
Call Number  rj PAPERBACK Bunting

Enjoy best-selling author Eve Bunting's moving story about the bond between a boy and his dog.

"Maybe that's one of the reasons people get dogs, to kind of close up the empty places inside them."

Eleven-year-old William never needed a friend more than now. After his parents' separation, his father's new engagement, and his grandfather's dying without any warning--adopting big, beautiful Riley is the first thing in a long time that has made him feel better. That is, until Riley innocently chases a horse.

Local law states that any animal that chases livestock must be put to sleep. Suddenly William stands to lose another thing close to him. Together with his friend Grace, William begins a campaign to reverse the county commissioners' decision. But with a community divided on the issue, and the bully Ellis Porter trying to stop them at every turn, will they be able to save Riley's life?

Celebrated author Eve Bunting shows William's determined struggle to fight for what he believes in. The Summer of Riley is an inspiring novel about learning to accept life's changes, the healing power of friendship, and the unending desire to protect those we love.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Gr. 4-6. William is still adjusting to his parents' separation and his father's engagement when his beloved grandfather dies. He knows his mother is letting him adopt a dog so he'll start feeling better, and Riley appears to be a perfect pet--smart, friendly, well-mannered, and a great listener. But when Riley violates a state law by chasing a neighbor's horse, William has to convince the county commissioners not to destroy his friend. As William works with his parents, his friend Grace, and the vet at the animal shelter to save Riley, he learns that although the law seems unjust to him, there are valid arguments to support it. In the process, he also comes to terms with the changes in his life and finds a new home and career for his canine pal. Bunting's story will have strong appeal for middle-graders who will relish the bittersweet but satisfying resolution and the picture of a boy standing up to uncaring adults, bullies, and the system. --Chris Sherman"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Bunting's straightforward story about a boy living in Oregon who learns to accept the loss of loved ones, including his dog, is heartwarming despite some heavy touches. William, 11, has had a rough time with his parents' divorce, his father's absence and his grandfather's recent death. Adopting a dog from the pound helps "close up the empty places inside." But when the dog, Riley, mysteriously begins to chase his neighbor's racehorse, his neighbor calls animal control and Riley is taken away to be destroyed. With the help of his best friend Grace, William makes flyers, write e-mails and composes a letter to the newspaper to convince the commissioner that his dog is worth saving. Pretty soon the whole community is taking sides. A few of the characters' quirks feel contrived, such as Grace's sophisticated vocabulary, and the big hole in front of the house where William and his grandfather had been building a fishpond is an obvious symbol. Overall, though, the tender moments between mother and son, coupled with equally gentle interactions between William and Riley carry the story. Ages 8-12. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Dogs -- Juvenile fiction.
Human-animal relationships -- Juvenile fiction.
Divorce -- Juvenile fiction.
Dogs -- Fiction.
Human-animal relationships -- Fiction.
Divorce -- Fiction.
Oregon -- Juvenile fiction.
Oregon -- Fiction.
Domestic fiction.
Publisher New York :HarperTrophy,2002
Edition 1st Harper Trophy ed.
Audience Ages 8-12.
Language English
Notes "Joanna Cotler books."
Description 170 pages ; 19 cm
ISBN 9780064409278
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