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Summer of Riley (02 Edition)


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ISBN13: 9780064409278
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"Maybe that's one of the reasons people get dogs, to kind of close up the empty places inside them."

Eleven-year-old William never needed a friend more than now. After his parents' separation, his father's new engagement, and his grandfather's dying without any warning — adopting big, beautiful Riley is the first thing in a long time that has made him feel better. That is, until Riley innocently chases a horse.

Local law states that any animal that chases livestock must be put to sleep. Suddenly William stands to lose another thing close to him. Together with his "totally unsurpassed" friend Grace, William begins a campaign to reverse the county commissioners' decision. But with a community divided on the issue, and the bully Ellis Porter trying to stop them at every turn, will they be able to save Riley's life?

Celebrated author Eve Bunting shows William's determined struggle to fight for what he believes in. The Summer of Riley is an inspiring novel about learning to accept life's changes, the healing power of friendship, and the unending desire to protect those we love.


Big, beautiful Riley dog was just the friend 11-year-old William needed to begin coping with his grandfather's death. But when Riley chases a prized horse, the law threatens to have Riley put to sleep.

About the Author

Eve Bunting is the winner of the Golden Kite Award and the three-time recipient of the Best Work of Fiction Award of the Southern CaliforniaCouncil on Literature for Children and Young People. She has written more than one hundred books for young readers, including is Anybody There ?; Our Sixth-Grade Sugar Babies, a Best Book of 1990 (School Library Journal); Sharing Susan; and Coffin on a Case, winner of the Edgar Award for Best Juvenile Mystery, given by the Mystery Writers of America.

Ms. Bunting was born in Ireland and now lives in southern California.

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Makani Mom, February 24, 2013 (view all comments by Makani Mom)
Touching, interesting, believable, and informative, this book is intended for school children, but some of it is so painfully realistic that I would only recommend it for them if they have a sensitive, compassionate teen or adult to help them talk about it. However, it is well written and easy to read, despite a few grammatical errors and some choppy sentences, and the characters are believable, both the likeable and unlikeable ones. I loved the insights into the "bad" people and the fact that the excellent resolutions to the two major problems were neither predictable nor necessarily what the boy who is telling the story would have first wanted. I'm a grandmother, and I read "The Summer of Riley" twice, which is something I hardly ever do.
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faob, June 30, 2010 (view all comments by faob)
"Who say's a dog is a man's best friend?" asks the pillow on Peachie's sofa. Well, to william, his new dog Riley IS his best friend. How valuable is a dog's life? What about a horses? "The Summer of Riley" raises the question of the quality of human law-is it really as flawless as so many seem to think? How do you deal with loss?
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Bunting, Eve
by Eve Bunting
New York
Animals - Dogs
Animals - Pets
General Juvenile Fiction
General Fiction
Children s Animals-Animal Stories-Dogs
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Joanna Cotler Books
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from 3 to 7
7.58x5.12x.40 in. .26 lbs.
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