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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,043 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Beverly Cleary Narrator: Pedro Pascal Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Leigh Botts Series Release Date: April 2009 ISBN: 9780061762451
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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Once again, Cleary proves that she is in complete harmony with the world view of children and adolexcents.”

    The Horn Book

  • “Once again, Cleary demonstrates her ability to write from the heart.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Leigh Botts, the protagonist of the Newbery winner Dear Mr. Henshaw, is once again recording his thoughts on paper…Cleary’s fans will relate to his challenges and triumphs--whether or not they’ve read the first title.”

    School Library Journal

  • “A sequel that could stand on its own.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A Young Hoosier Book Award Winner
  • An ALA Booklist Editors’ Choice

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jrobertus | 2/17/2014

    " This is the second book I've read by this fine author, and I enjoyed it immensley. It is aimed a young adult audience, which I guess is teenageagers, but that does not diminish its narrative value. The characters are well drawn, the story is engaging, and the issues addressed are real and approached with sensativity. Leigh is 14, lives with his divorced Mom in a down at the heels cottage in Pacific Grove. He grieves for his dad, but finds comfort in a stray dog he calls Strider. As the story unfolds, Leigh has realistic interactions with friends, makes new friends, meets his first love, and has beleivable successes in track which help mold him. Nothing is unreasonable, no outrageous heroism, no star spangled ending, just solid growth which should be an anchor to young readers, or old ones. Cleary is clearly a master story teller. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sylvia | 2/17/2014

    " Lonely boy, mom and dad divorced, befriends dog. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Twyla | 2/16/2014

    " My favorite part was when strider a dog was found and given a home.the worst part was when Leigh just about wasn't friends with Barry anymore.my favorite character was strider because he was a dog.the worst character was whoever left strider on the beach.Auryn 9 years "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 2/15/2014

    " This book is a very inspiring book to me. Its kind of interesting to see a dog to change someone's life, especially a teenager. I really admire the characteres in this book, and how well the author gives each one of them a unique personality. Cause who would had thought that a dog would change a teen's perspective on life. The dog had probably saved his life too. Cause the boy really hated his life because of many stuff that occured during his life. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sade | 2/1/2014

    " WHAT I THOUGHT IF THIS BOOK IS THAT THIS BOOK WAS OKAY. I THOUGHT THIS BOOK WAS OKAY BECAUSE IT SEEMS LIKE A BOOK THAT WAS MADE FOR A FIFTH GRADER TO READ. WHEN I WAS IN FIFTH GRADE I WOULD OF READ THIS BOOK BECAUSE IT MIGHT SEEM INTERESTING TO A FIFTH GRADER BECAUSE IT HAS DOGS IN THE BOOK. I ALSO THINK THIS WILL BE A FIFTH GRADE BOOK BECAUSE IT HAS FIFTH GRADE VOCABULARY AND I'M IN SIXTH GRADE NOW AND I WOULD WANT TO READ SOMETHING THAT HAS SIXTH GRADE VOCABULARY. BEVERLY CLEARY IS NOT THE TYPE OF AUTHOR THAT I LIKE AND I DON'T LIKE THOSE KIND OF BOOKS I LIKE MYSTERY BOOKS. MY FAVORITE AUTHOR IS WALTER DEAN MYERS. WELL THIS IS WHY I SAID THAT THIS BOOK BY BEVERLY CLEARY IS OKAY FOR ME. I WOULD RECOMMEND THIS BOOK TO A FIFTH GRADER BECAUSE THIS IS A FIFTH GRADE BOOK WITH FIFTH GRADE VOCABULARY. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jose Saenz | 1/15/2014

    " I think that this book is very interesting and cool. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ariana | 1/7/2014

    " this book is kind of good and interesting "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mckinley | 1/5/2014

    " Not as good as the first. Maybe because the issues were not as big? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jamie Leeper | 1/1/2014

    " I loved this book!! This boy Leigh Botts writes in a dairy everyday. He tells about everything happening in his life everyday. Strider is a new dog that him and his friend find. It is a really good book!! I felt like I was right there with Leigh everyday. You could just picture it all in your mind! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynn | 12/28/2013

    " Sequel to Dear Mr. Henshaw. Another good Cleary book that talks about responsibility and hard work. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol Hardesty | 12/8/2013

    " This was a nice book and all, but I didn't like it as much as "Dear Mr. Henshaw". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole | 12/6/2013

    " It is a sequel to Dear Mr Henshaw. It was easy to read but lacked the humor of the first book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Josh | 11/7/2013

    " This kid makes this elevated bowl so his dog doesn't hurt his neck when he gets a drink of water or a bite of dog food. That's a cool ass kid for doing that shit. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Henry-j | 10/19/2013

    " It was better then 1st. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 4/22/2013

    " This is the next book my 5th graders will be reading. Loved Dear Mr. Henshaw and hoping this is just as good!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annie | 10/17/2012

    " Liked this book much more than the first. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vivian | 8/25/2012

    " A nice book, but it falls a little short compared to Cleary's other works such as the Ramona series that was, to tell the truth, just nicer to read. It's also not as good at Deat Mr. Henshaw. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura Pearson | 8/20/2012

    " No joke read this book 10 times when I was a kid. I loved this story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Monique | 6/12/2012

    " What a wonderful growing up story! I love how, even though it doesn't take on very hard and heavy subjects, I delves into the growing up of Leigh even more than the first one. Beautiful!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 5/26/2012

    " Cute sequel to "Dear Mr. Henshaw." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Superpc | 2/23/2012

    " A good read. Nice story about a dog and a boy. This is a sequel to another book. Good "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carly | 2/19/2012

    " This is a good sequel to Dear Mr. Henshaw It shows more changes of this teen's boy life, shows how his freshmen year was, it was a good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leslie | 10/14/2011

    " This sequel to "Dear Mr. Henshaw" is a terrific story and updates on Leigh and how he's dealing with his parent's divorce, new friends and a certain dog. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Booklover123 | 8/27/2011

    " This was a really good book. I think you have to read the first book called Dear Mr.Henshaw to understand this book though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rhonda | 6/20/2011

    " A light, quick read-it's predictable but fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynn | 3/26/2011

    " Sequel to Dear Mr. Henshaw. Another good Cleary book that talks about responsibility and hard work. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 2/12/2011

    " I remember really liking Dear Mr Henshaw as a child. Maybe I should have read it again before reading this book. I thought this was a fine story. Probably more appropriate for 6th graders and above in order to understand some of the context. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mckinley | 10/28/2010

    " Not as good as the first. Maybe because the issues were not as big? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Libbyhoff | 10/16/2010

    " I meant to read Shiloh, but I read this by mistake. Whoops. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jose | 9/27/2010

    " I think that this book is very interesting and cool. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sylvia | 11/3/2009

    " Lonely boy, mom and dad divorced, befriends dog. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vivian | 10/7/2009

    " A nice book, but it falls a little short compared to Cleary's other works such as the Ramona series that was, to tell the truth, just nicer to read. It's also not as good at Deat Mr. Henshaw. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annie | 5/1/2009

    " Liked this book much more than the first. "

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About the Author
Author Beverly Cleary

Beverly Cleary was born in McMinnville, Oregon, and until she was old enough to attend school she lived on a farm in Yamhill, a town so small it had no library. Her mother arranged to have books sent to their tiny town from the state library and acted as a librarian in a room over a bank. It was there that Mrs. Cleary learned to love books. Generations of children have grown up with Ramona Quimby, Henry Huggins, Ralph Mouse, and all of their friends, families, and assorted pets. Cleary continues to capture the hearts and imaginations of children of all ages throughout the world.