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The Summer of Riley

The Summer of Riley

by Eve Bunting

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 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.

Ages
11, 12, 9, 10
Interest Level
Grades 4 - 7
Grade Level Equivalent
4.1
Lexile Measure
540L
DRA
40
Guided Reading
S
Publisher
HarperTrophy
Genre
Drama, Realistic Fiction

About the Author

Eve Bunting The author of more than 100 books for young readers, Eve Bunting was born in the small village of Maghera in Northern Ireland. Her numerous awards and honors include the Golden Kite Award from the Society of Children's Book Writers, the PEN Los Angeles Center Literary Award for Special Achievement in Children's Literature, and the Edgar, given by the Mystery Writers of America.

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