Buddy

Buddy

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by M. H. Herlong
     
 

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A classic boy-and-dog tale in the tradition of Old Yeller

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

Overview

A classic boy-and-dog tale in the tradition of Old Yeller

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.

Editorial Reviews

The New York Times Book Review
What makes Buddy memorable is not just the tale of a boy's fierce love for his dog but its harrowing portrayal of one of this nation's most traumatic natural disasters. From start to finish, Buddy is a testament to the human capacity to endure, to find hope in the sodden ruins of destroyed lives.
—John Grogan
From the Publisher
Praise for Buddy by M.H. Herlong:

“From start to finish, 'Buddy' is a testament to the human capacity to endure.” —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

Children's Literature - Jennifer Lehmann
Li'l T believes Buddy was always meant to be his dog. He has felt that way that since his family accidentally hit Buddy with their car, and Li'l T had to get out and walk the rest of the way to church so that Buddy could have his spot in the car. With the congregation's help, the family is able to help Buddy heal and learn to walk without the use of his amputated leg. When they are warned to evacuate their home in New Orleans because of a coming hurricane, Li'l T does everything he can think of to make sure his family take Buddy with them, but they do not have a big enough car. His dad assures Li'l T that they will be back in two days, so they leave Buddy food and a bathtub full of water. But they had not expected the power of Hurricane Katrina. They escape to Mississippi and become one of many families struggling to get back on their feet from all over the area. By the time they can get back into the city, their house is destroyed, and Buddy, who has always been on Li'l T's mind, is gone. Because of the markings left by emergency workers, they know he is alive, but they have no idea where he might be now. His dad is determined to rebuild their home, and Li'l T is determined to get Buddy back. Both have to decide whether, as Grandpa T says, it is time to hold on or time to let go. While this story will appeal to readers who enjoy a classic dog story, Buddy goes beyond the expected to include a heart-wrenching picture of life for those who were affected by that terrible storm. This book also paints a picture of New Orleans and uses language and dialect to clearly portray this loving family. Reviewer: Jennifer Lehmann
Kirkus Reviews
Twelve-year-old Li'l T offers an absorbing first-person account of a poor, tightly knit, multigenerational family's experience in Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath, focused through the lens of Li'l T's relationship with a special dog named Buddy. Unlike other titles that deal with Katrina, this one eases up to the big event, enabling readers to establish a strong connection with the characters by slowly revealing how Li'l T and Buddy met and how Li'l T helped Buddy recover from the amputation of one of his legs. When the epic storm comes into the picture, readers find themselves as heartbroken as Li'l T when the family must leave Buddy behind in the evacuation. Li'l T struggles mightily during the family's temporary stay in Mississippi, suffering the loss of his dog, the family home and, finally, his beloved and now disconsolate grandfather. When the family moves back to New Orleans, Li'l T learns that he just might be able to get Buddy back from the family in California who has adopted him. The scenes involving the neighborhood criminal element and some final plot twists seem a little contrived, but Li'l T's voice and love for Buddy feel authentic, and those elements are enough to carry the story. A touching tale of hope, of holding on when you can, and of letting go when it's the right thing to do. (Fiction. 9-12)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780670014033
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
09/13/2012
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
1,192,197
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.20(d)
Lexile:
670L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 9 Years

Meet the Author

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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Buddy 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved! I told a friend to read it, but not anymore i told her all of it, and when i finished it i cried my self to sleep that night!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The boy did anything to get buddy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
BEST book ever
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book ever
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book i could never put it down some parts are really touching i reccomend you should buy it!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this book in the barns and noble store. I let my friend read it and she thought that it was really goof. I recomend this book for people ages 8-23. A mix of really cool and sad
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Buddy is a amazing book im 12 years old and i cried like a baby
DonNOLA More than 1 year ago
I think this book BUDDY is terrific, but don't take my word for it. Here's what the New York Times Book Review 9/16/12 had to say about it: "What makes 'Buddy' memorable is not just the tale of a boy's fierce love for his dog but its harrowing portrayal of one of this nation's most traumatic natural disasters. From start to finish, 'Buddy' is a testament to the human capacity to endure, to find hope in the sodden ruins of destroyed lives."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the book it was a heart warming story about a boy that will never give up to find buddy a dog that was hurt a story that will leave you with tears of joy in your eyes a story you will never want to put to the side and read something else i give this book 5 out of 5 star rating best book ever
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In the book Buddy this boy named Tyrone Roberts also known as Lil’T survives a horrible hurricane, Katrina. One Sunday morning him and his family were going to church when he heard a thump under the car. He got out to see that his dad had ran over a black dog. The boy tried to comfort the dog and tried to tell him that it was going to be ok. Tyrone picked up the dog and put him in the back of the car smack in the middle. Tyrone was worried about the dog, and wondered if he was going to survive. The next day they took him to the vet. The doctor checked him out and said that they were going to have to amputate the leg. Tyrone did not think he was going to survive this incident. Tyrone’s grandpa lived with him and he was probably going to make fun of the dog because he was a silly grandpa and he would just blurt out anything he thought of. Then one day Tyrone’s grandpa told Tyrone that they had the leave, because there was going to be a hurricane Katrina. Tyrone could not believe his eyes. That night when they were getting ready to leave Tyrone refused to leave he did not want to leave his dog there alone , but his dad did not let him, because there was not a lot of room in the car and they could not take one more thing with them. They lived in New Orleans and so they were going to go far away so they would not get caught up in the storm. After the big disaster they were terrified to hear that New Orleans was flooded up to the top of so people’s houses. READ on to find how Tyrone Roberts struggles to save his dog from the big disaster. I recommend this book for all the people out there who love dogs and likes inspiring stories.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sounds like a good book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the best book ever. I recomend to read!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such an good book and anaheartwarming story
InTheBookcase More than 1 year ago
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.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I is about a dog and a hurracane and the owners leave him.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gee thanks for makeing me cry worse ending ever