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Contributor(s): Herlong, M. H.

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ISBN: 0142425443     ISBN-13: 9780142425442
Publisher: Puffin
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Binding Type: Paperback - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: May 2013

Annotation: Twelve-year-old Li'l T and his family face great losses caused by Hurricane Katrina, including leaving Buddy, their very special, three-legged dog, behind when they must evacuate.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Family life; Louisiana; Fiction.
Dogs; Fiction.
Hurricane Katrina, 2005; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Dogs
- Juvenile Fiction | People & Places | United States
- Juvenile Fiction | Nature & The Natural World | Weather
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: bl2013020578
Lexile Measure: 670
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 4-6, Age 9-11
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.00" H x 5.00" W x 1.00" (0.52 lbs) 296 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 153159
Reading Level: 3.9   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 8.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q58480
Reading Level: 4.2   Interest Level: Grades 3-5   Point Value: 14.0
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Contributor Bio(s): IV>M. H. Herlong is a teacher, writer, former lawyer, and parent of four sons, and the author of The Great Wide Sea, a YALSA 2010 Top Ten Best Book for Young Adults. The author has lived for twenty-seven years in New Orleans, Louisiana, where levee breaks in 2005 after Hurricane Katrina caused massive flooding and destroyed much of the city.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2013 Spring)
Twelve-year-old Tyrone loves his three-legged dog Buddy deeply and agonizes when Buddy must stay behind as the family evacuates before Hurricane Katrina. Later, while he and his father rebuild their New Orleans home, Tyrone fights to locate and bring Buddy home. Setting acts as a character in this emotional book, showing a strong, tight-knit community that is uniquely New Orleanian.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2012 November)

Gr 5–8—Twelve-year-old Li'l T, who lives with his extended family in the Ninth Ward in New Orleans, has wanted a dog for as long as he can remember, so when his father accidentally hits a stray with his car, Li'l T adopts the injured animal and names him Buddy. The two become inseparable until hurricane warnings force the family to evacuate to Mississippi. Believing they will be gone for only two days, and as there is literally no room in the car for Buddy, they leave him with food and water on the second floor of their home. Hurricane Katrina wreaks its destruction, and when the family is finally allowed to return, the house is still standing, but Buddy is missing. The only clue to his fate is a water-stained, incomplete toll-free telephone number from his rescuers. Li'l T is devastated and fears he will never find Buddy. This is more than just a dog story as the novel has strong, well-developed adult characters in a wise and caring grandfather and a tough but loving father. Both men teach Li'l T about right and wrong, about being part of a family, and about responsibility. There is also a strong community bond with neighbors and church members who help one another through the hard times. The only dissident note is that Li'l T does well in school but uses bad grammar when he speaks. Readers will figure out the ending long before the conclusion, but that doesn't detract from this well-written story.Nancy P. Reeder, Heathwood Hall Episcopal School, Columbia, SC

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