Strider

Strider

by Beverly Cleary, Paul O. Zelinsky
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Overview

Strider by Beverly Cleary, Paul O. Zelinsky

Strider has a new habit. Whenever we stop, he places his paw on my foot. It isn't an accident because he always does it. I like to think he doesn't want to leave me.

Can a stray dog change the life of a teenage boy? It looks as if Strider can. He's a dog that loves to run; because of Strider, Leigh Botts finds himself running -- well enough to join the school track team. Strider changes Leigh on the inside, too, as he finally begins to accept his parents' divorce and gets to know a redheaded girl he's been admiring. With Strider's help, Leigh finds that the future he once hated to be asked about now holds something he never expected: hope.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061972423
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/06/2009
Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 734,933
File size: 1 MB
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Beverly Cleary is one of America's most beloved authors. As a child, she struggled with reading and writing. But by third grade, after spending much time in her public library in Portland, Oregon, she found her skills had greatly improved. Before long, her school librarian was saying that she should write children's books when she grew up.

Instead she became a librarian. When a young boy asked her, "Where are the books about kids like us?" she remembered her teacher's encouragement and was inspired to write the books she'd longed to read but couldn't find when she was younger. She based her funny stories on her own neighborhood experiences and the sort of children she knew. And so, the Klickitat Street gang was born!

Mrs. Cleary's books have earned her many prestigious awards, including the American Library Association's Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, presented to her in recognition of her lasting contribution to children's literature. Dear Mr. Henshaw won the Newbery Medal, and Ramona Quimby, Age 8 and Ramona and Her Father have been named Newbery Honor Books. Her characters, including Beezus and Ramona Quimby, Henry Huggins, and Ralph, the motorcycle-riding mouse, have delighted children for generations.


Paul O. Zelinsky is the illustrator of Anne Isaac's Dust Devil and creator of the now-classic interactive book called The Wheels on the Bus. His retelling of Rapunzel was awarded the 1998 Caldecott Medal. Rumpelstitlskin, Hansel and Gretel and Swamp Angel with different authors all garnered Paul a Caldecott Honor. Since 1991 Paul O. Zelinsky has lived in the same apartment with his wife Deborah in northern Brooklyn, New York.

Hometown:

Carmel, California

Date of Birth:

April 12, 1916

Place of Birth:

McMinnville, Oregon

Education:

B.A., University of California-Berkeley, 1938; B.A. in librarianship, University of Washington (Seattle), 1939

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Strider 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awsome i love the book so insristing
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love beverly cleary books! This is a great book for readers! So I think young or old will love it just as much as Dear Mr Henshaw!
Amanda Cafiero More than 1 year ago
This book was good
bandchicky314 More than 1 year ago
I had to read this book for a Battle of the Books competition, and, quite frankly, I wasn't impressed. It was a so-so book that not many people liked. I wasn't drawn in or compelled to read more. Luckily, it was a short book that wasn't a hard read so I was able to get it done.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had to read this for a school book report and may I say I thought it was AMAZING! A great follow up to Dear Mr Henshaw and what an amazing dog!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a must read! You will fall in love with the characters, and relate to them. The worst part is the ending, you never whant to lose the charasters.
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It is good the book is good and gets better and better and better then it is like what just happend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yiu need to read it and buy it and give the money to ME!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dear mr. Henshaw was better but this tells a story of love and proves that animals can really help.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book love it need to read it
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I read this first when I was six. Now ten years later, I can not wait to read it again. You must read this book!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book because it taught me some new words. I also liked Leigh's daily activities ...running with Strider, racing at the track, writing stories in Mrs. Wounded Hair's class, and the landlady Mrs. Smerling. I'm ready for another story by Beverly Cleary. Great book!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
While reading Strider I noticed that Leigh Botts worried about his dad...just like I do. My dad was driving a tracker-trailer when I first started to read this story. The chapters kept coming and there were 3 of us reading the chapters each day...until we finished the book. We're going to get 'Dear Mr. Henshaw' next. Oh, learned a lot of words reading Strider.