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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:
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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, and because of Strider, Leigh Botts finds himself running—well enough to join the school track team. Strider changes Leigh on the inside, too, as Leigh 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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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