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The Booford Summer
     

The Booford Summer

by Susan Mathias Smith, Andrew Glass (Illustrator)
 

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Ten-year-old Hayley launches a campaign to make grouchy Mr. Wood appreciate his dog, Booford, whom he never walks or plays with. She gets Booford what he needs; she also gets an unexpected friend -- Mr. Wood.

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Ten-year-old Hayley launches a campaign to make grouchy Mr. Wood appreciate his dog, Booford, whom he never walks or plays with. She gets Booford what he needs; she also gets an unexpected friend -- Mr. Wood.

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School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-When Booford, a woebegone-looking dog, moves in next door with his unfriendly and seemingly neglectful owner, fifth-grader Hayley is determined to improve his life. She begins by visiting him when Mr. Wood is gone. Not satisfied with this approach, she seeks some advice from her father, who suggests that she offer to walk him. Much to her surprise, Mr. Wood agrees to her proposal. Eventually, she not only befriends the dog, but the man as well. He finally explains to Hayley that Booford was his wife's dog; when she left him, she left Booford, too. Although Hayley is a softhearted, intuitive heroine, and her love and concern for animals ring true, her persistent concern for the taciturn, intimidating Mr. Wood at times seems implausible. However, the theme of taking responsibility for one's pets is effectively woven throughout the story. Readers will enjoy this crusading girl's adventures with Booford and her five formerly stray cats.-Carol Schene, Taunton Public Schools, MA
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"Humorous and poignant by turns, with a believable, appealing ten-year-old heroine." Horn Book

"Humorous and poignant by turns, with a believable, appealing ten-year-old heroine." Horn Book Guide

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780618432455
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
06/21/2004
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
5.12(w) x 7.62(h) x (d)
Lexile:
660L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

Meet the Author


Andrew Glass has written several books for children and has illustrated many. He lives in New York City with his wife.

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