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Strider

Strider

by Beverly Cleary Illustrated by 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.


Sequel to the Newbery Award-winning classic Dear Mr. Henshaw.

Ages
8, 9, 10
Interest Level
Grades 3 - 5
Lexile Measure
840L
DRA
40
Guided Reading
R
Number of Pages
152
Genre
Diaries and Journals, Realistic Fiction

About the Author and Illustrator

Beverly Cleary Children's author Beverly Cleary is the creator of the infamous Ramona Quimby. She wrote her first book, Henry Huggins, in her early thirties.
Paul O. Zelinsky

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