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In the tradition of Old Yeller, classic boy-and-dog tale set against the events of Hurrican Katrina. Tyrone "Li'l T" Roberts meets Buddy when his family's car accidentally hits the stray dog on their way to church. Buddy turns out to be the dog Li'l T's always wished for--until Hurricane Katrina comes to New Orleans and he must leave Buddy behind. After the storm, Li'l T and his father return home to find a community struggling to rebuild their lives--and Buddy gone. But Li'l T refuses to give up his quest to find his best friend. From the author of the BBYA Top Ten selection The Great Wide Sea comes a powerful story of hope, courage, and knowing when to let go. "A testament to the human capacity to endure." --The New York Times Book Review
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Product details

  • 0-5
  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 127 x 195.58 x 22.86mm | 204.12g
  • Penguin USA
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0142425443
  • 9780142425442
  • 730,854

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Praise for Buddy "A testament to the human capacity to endure." --The New York Times Book Review "A touching tale of hope, of holding on when you can, and of letting go when it's the right thing to do."--Kirkus Reviews "More than just a dog story." --School Library Journal "Stirring." --Library Media Connection
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About M H Herlong

M. H. Herlong is a teacher, writer, former lawyer, and parent of four sons, and the author of The Great Wide Sea, a YALSA 2010 Top Ten Best Book for Young Adults. The author has lived for twenty-seven years in New Orleans, Louisiana, where levee breaks in 2005 after Hurricane Katrina caused massive flooding and destroyed much of the city.
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1,125 ratings
4.31 out of 5 stars
5 55% (620)
4 28% (312)
3 12% (139)
2 3% (33)
1 2% (21)

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This is the story of a determined boy, a three-legged dog, a destitute family, a miserable tragedy, and faith when all is hopeless. "Buddy" is a great dog tale, not for the faint of heart, but it is for people who love their dogs to death. You'll be taken on a journey, through the disaster of Hurricane Katrina, and the devastation it brought on America. I liked how the story brought out Li'l T's endurance in how he worked hard for what he wanted. And I liked that the author incorporated going to church into the story and having a family that stands works together. Note to parents: It does contain references to characters cussing, using drugs, and the father drinks beer often. These things are not described too much, but they simply exist in the story. Overall, it's a nice book, with big emotional drama to keep you reading.show more
by Tarissa
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