The Booford Summer

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Booford is not a very pretty dog, but that doesn't stop Hayley from falling in love with him. When Booford and his owner, Mr. Wood, move in across the street, Hayley is eager to make friends with them. But Mr. Wood is the most unfriendly person she's ever met. And he keeps Booford tied to a tree all day, sad and lonely. As an animal lover, Hayley is determined to help Booford, but she quickly realizes that this ugly dog isn't the only one who's sad and lonely. Her plan to help Booford will have to include helping...
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Overview

Booford is not a very pretty dog, but that doesn't stop Hayley from falling in love with him. When Booford and his owner, Mr. Wood, move in across the street, Hayley is eager to make friends with them. But Mr. Wood is the most unfriendly person she's ever met. And he keeps Booford tied to a tree all day, sad and lonely. As an animal lover, Hayley is determined to help Booford, but she quickly realizes that this ugly dog isn't the only one who's sad and lonely. Her plan to help Booford will have to include helping Mr. Wood, too.

Ten-year-old Hayley worries about the dog across the street, whose moody owner keeps him tied up and never walks him.

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Editorial Reviews

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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618432455
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 6/1/2004
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 144
  • Age range: 8 - 11 Years
  • Lexile: 660L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.34 (d)

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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Table of Contents

1. Booford 1
2. Poor, Sad Dog 12
3. Herkimer 23
4. Swimming Lessons 38
5. Plan A and Plan B 47
6. Dad's Plan 60
7. Mr. Wood and Ruby 73
8. Recluse 84
9. Herkimer, Again 97
10. Helping Mr. Wood 106
11. In the Doghouse 121
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