The ultimate boy and dog story. Heartwarming and inspiring story as a boy fights to keep his dog alive. For 8 - 12 year olds. Eleven-year-old William gets his dog after a stormy period in his life; his parents have separated, dad has just got engaged and then his grandfather dies without any warning. Though Riley is no substitute for Grandpa, he ...Read MoreThe ultimate boy and dog story. Heartwarming and inspiring story as a boy fights to keep his dog alive. For 8 - 12 year olds. Eleven-year-old William gets his dog after a stormy period in his life; his parents have separated, dad has just got engaged and then his grandfather dies without any warning. Though Riley is no substitute for Grandpa, he is a wonderful dog. Riley behaves impeccably, he comes when called; doesn't make puddles; sits up straight in the car and doesn't tear up the flowerbeds. He is, in fact, the perfect dog. UNTIL one day he goes beserk with a neighbour's beloved old racehorse. Local law states that any animal that chases livestock must be put to sleep. Suddenly William stands to lose something else that is close to him. Riley is taken away,...William and best-friend Grace start a campaign to save Riley.They get him a lawyer and get an action group together to raise money for his defence.The Press latch on to the story. Another action group is formed by the horse owner's friend and it's their intention NOT to save Riley. Polls are taken and the electorate are undecided. The final day of Riley's life dawns and it's going to take a miracle to save him. But William never gives up. Through sheer determination and hours surfing the internet, William comes up with the answer and the novel ends happily. An inspiring novel as William struggles to fight for what he believes in and about learning to accept life's changes. This is a hugely satisfying novel with a real feel-good factor.The pace is maintained to the end and it is a riveting read, particularly for animal-loving children.Read Less
Good. Ex-Library Book-will contain Library Markings. Only lightly used. Book has minimal wear to cover and binding. A few pages may have small creases and minimal underlining. Book selection as BIG as Texas.
Publishers Weekly, 2002-04-15 "Bunting's straightforward story about an Oregon boy who learns to accept the loss of loved ones, including a dog, is heartwarming despite some heavy touches," said PW. Ages 8-12. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Publishers Weekly, 2001-05-21 Bunting's straightforward story about a boy living in Oregon who learns to accept the loss of loved ones, including his dog, is heartwarming despite some heavy touches. William, 11, has had a rough time with his parents' divorce, his father's absence and his grandfather's recent death. Adopting a dog from the pound helps "close up the empty places inside." But when the dog, Riley, mysteriously begins to chase his neighbor's racehorse, his neighbor calls animal control and Riley is taken away to be destroyed. With the help of his best friend Grace, William makes flyers, write e-mails and composes a letter to the newspaper to convince the commissioner that his dog is worth saving. Pretty soon the whole community is taking sides. A few of the characters' quirks feel contrived, such as Grace's sophisticated vocabulary, and the big hole in front of the house where William and his grandfather had been building a fishpond is an obvious symbol. Overall, though, the tender moments between mother and son, coupled with equally gentle interactions between William and Riley carry the story. Ages 8-12. (May) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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