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Strider (Leigh Botts Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Beverly Cleary , Paul O. Zelinsky
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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.

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Although it lacks the emotional intensity that made Cleary's Newbery-winning Dear Mr. Henshaw an instant classic, this sequel offers further proof of the author's preeminence in children's fiction. Here, as in the preceding novel, she credibly and cogently writes in the voice of Leigh Botts--a boy with whom readers of both sexes will find much in common. Through entries made in a diary that he uncovers when cleaning his room, Leigh (now 14) tells of the dog that he and his friend find abandoned on the beach. The boys assume joint custody of the pet, which they name Strider. But it soon becomes evident that Strider has rescued Leigh from physical and emotional apathy. Leigh's relationship with his devoted pet gives him the strength to deal with what seem to be insurmountable problems: his parents' separation, his dad's imperfections and even his attraction to a girl at school. Zelinsky's sketchy artwork provides quietly affecting details. Once again Cleary demonstrates her ability to write from the heart. Ages 8-up.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Grade 4-7-- Leigh Botts, the protagonist of the Newbery winner Dear Mr. Henshaw (Morrow, 1983), is once again recording his thoughts on paper. While cleaning his room, he discovers his old diary and is inspired to start writing again. Now 14, he is still dealing with some of the same issues from earlier days--his parents' divorce, concerns about his father's sincerity and financial stability, and insecurities about his own identity and popularity. He also has a few new worries--namely Geneva, a girl, and Strider, a dog. Leigh and his friend Barry find the abandoned pooch on the beach and decide to try "joint custody." It is not the perfect arrangement. Because Leigh's attachment to Strider fills the emotional voids in his life, he becomes reluctant to share him. Eventually, the two boys work through the tensions that threaten their friendship. At the same time, Leigh and his father develop a new understanding. Although the story is centered aroung Leigh's relationship with Strider, this is more than just "a boy and his dog" book. Cleary's talent for portraying the details of everyday life--both small and significant--is evident here. Her characters are unique individuals and "every children" at the same time. Strider lacks the subtle poignancy found in Dear Mr. Henshaw , and some readers may find Leigh's interest and responses more appropriate for an 11 or 12 year old than a 14 year old, but Cleary's fans will relate to his challenges and triumphs--whether or not they've read the first title.
- Heide Piehler, Shorewood Public Library, WI
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Product Details

  • File Size: 941 KB
  • Print Length: 176 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Reissue edition (October 6, 2009)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001QB9FDU
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like dog stories read this book NOW!! November 1, 2001
A Kid's Review
This story is about a boy named Leigh and a dog named Strider.Strider gets found by Leigh and his friend Barry.They both own Strider.Furthermore, Barry has to visit his real
mom.So Leigh can have Strider for a whole week.Durning
that week Leigh's dad turns up.In this story Leigh's dad comes to visit Leigh a lot.When Barry comes back it's time for school again.Also,durning school Barry and Leigh loses their friendship.Barry runs a lot in this story because of Strider.He even makes the track team with Kevin.Leigh want's his friendship back with Barry so he leaves Strider in Barry's yard ,but Strider comes back and they become friends again.At the end Leigh gets closer with his dad and gets a new frienship with Geneva.One more thing I forgot to say is that Leigh does real good in the track race.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Better than Henshaw December 9, 2008
Strider was, in many ways, a more enjoyable read than its predecessor. Dear Mr. Henshaw was interesting, but Strider comes in at a more pivotal time in Leigh's life. He's just entering high school and has more complex problems (to a degree) to deal with. It was very interesting seeing how his life had changed since Dear Mr. Henshaw, particularly his relationship with his dad, which was no longer as strained. (I also was saddened, but not in a bad way, by the reference to Leigh's former favorite book, "Ways to Amuse a Dog") I did feel like there was too much description, particularly since this story is being told by a 14 year old boy. He does want to be a writer, but still, nobody actually writes like that, and it ruins some of the relatability. There were also big passages where nothing eventful happened and I found myself wanting to skip over them, because they really were just filler points. I strongly felt that the book should have ended with the scene with Leigh and his dad, as to me, that is the essence of both books and nothing that came afterwards was too notable. Let me correct myself there. There was one notable thing, which I'm sure Gordon Korman would be highly proud of: neither Bandit nor Strider died! Can you believe it? I'm having trouble processing it-a dog book in which the dog doesn't die. Thank you, thank you, thank you Beverly Cleary!

Rating: 3.5/5
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Ulfilas
Beverly Cleary looks in on the world of Leigh Botts, a boy who is part of a family that is now often the norm--that of a single and divorced mother and one child. The "Strider" of the title is the name of the dog that Leigh befriends--an important addition to the life of Leigh and his abbreviated family. The dog also becomes the boy's companion on his long runs as he trains for track. One of my favorite parts of the book is Leigh's writing of an essay for class in which he distills the essence of track competition--that in which the runner strives for his own personal best rather than for the goal of placing first--an attitude that I know well from my own daughter's extremely passionate participation in high school track and cross country.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Jason's Strider Review April 12, 2001
A Kid's Review
I think that "Strider" is an excellent book, because the author, Beverly Cleary, uses very vivd examples, and it is so easy to picture i in your head. All of the events that take place in this book are very descriptive; you can't stop from imagining them in your head. The personalities of the characters were very easy to picture. I even could think of some people I know that could represent dome of the characters in the book. Another reason why I liked this book is because it has a good story to go along with it. It just leaves you hanging at the end of each chapter, and makes you never want to put it down. You'll be amzed of how much you read this book; because you don't realize how long you've been reading. You get so invovled in the book, that you lose track of time. What else I like about the book, is that it is exactly written the same way as its first edition, "Dear Mr. Hensaw." I suggest you read this book, and guarantee that you will never put it down.
I think one of the best parts of the book, is when the main character, Leigh Botts, joins the track team. He joins mainly for fun, but runs with his dog, Strider, everyday after track practice. He begins getting faster, and concentrates more and more on a victory at the first meet. After many hours of training, he finally meets his goal. Then, he decides to try an even more amazing feet. Braking the school record. Will he do it, or will he get injured and sit out for the rest of the year. To find out, read the book.
I think one of the most vivd story elements in the book, are definantly the characters. Like I said, they are just so easy to picture. The main character, Leigh, is a young boy who really loves life.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars This book is O.K. November 9, 1999
By A Customer
It is the sequel to Dear Mr. Hanshaw. You can tell it's by the same author, though. The author is Beverly Clearly. She is one of my favorite authors. Strider didn't impress me though. This book is not seperated into chapters, it's seperated into journal entries. My favorite part is when Barry and Leigh find the dog on the beach.
The story is about a boy named Leigh, who, is the new kid in school. Leigh finds a stray dog on the beach. The dog was laying down, so Leigh and his friend Barry tried all sorts of ways to get him up. None of them worked. So, Leigh and Barry started running. The dog followed them. Then, he layed down exactly where he was again. The dog looked sad and lonely. So, they decided to have a joint custody with the dog and name him Strider. Barry would keep Strider in his yard during school,Barry and Leigh would play with him after school, and Leigh would keep the dog at night. Leigh's mom and dad are divorced. Leigh has been worrying about his dad because he's losing alot of money. Anyway, Barry has to go on a vacation with his real mom and dad, so Leigh gets to keep Strider for a whole two weeks! But, Strider kept chewing on Leighs bedroom rug, so he decided to build a fence. He called his dad to build one. His dad got a new job. Leigh was relieved. Then, when Barry came back, they had a fight about who keeps the dog. But, they worked it out. Then, Leigh gets this cool new shirt from the thrift shop. The next day, he wore it to school. A rich kid shouted "Hey, that's my shirt!" and it was his shirt. His mom took it to the thrift shop and sold it. So, he ran after him. They did this every morning until they became friends and joined track and became friends. At track, he meets a girl named Geneva who does hurtles at the track. Now, Leigh has three friends. How will the story end? Read Strider and find out!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Good sequel.
I loved Dear Mr. Henshaw growing up, but never read the sequel. Glad I did as I always wondered about Leigh Botts and how he was doing! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Hmong Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great read for my 11 year old!
Published 3 months ago by Tracy Gearin
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
they did the job
Published 4 months ago by willie mckie
5.0 out of 5 stars Strider
I love this book. It's a follow-up to Dear Mr. Henshaw. It's special because it takes place in the Monterrey, Pacific Grove area, which is close by.
Published 6 months ago by Judy Hodkiewicz
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the BEST books ever
Really good book you have got to read it, cause it is awesome. One of the best books ever. read now
Published 8 months ago by sally brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Good for children of divorced parents
A child who has had to be separated from one or both of their parents for an extended amount of time, could easily relate to Leigh. He was separated from his dad for a long time. Read more
Published 13 months ago by blessedsloan
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book!
My son and I read this book together and we both thought it was a very good book!!! We recommend this book to anyone who wants to read a good book!
Published 14 months ago by Lisa Karch
5.0 out of 5 stars Greatest book ever!!!
This was a fantastic book. I think everyone would enjoy it. So if u haven't read this book then you should!!!!
Published 19 months ago by Callie Taylor
4.0 out of 5 stars [...] recommends this book
This story was about a boy named Leigh and his friend Barry. They find a dog and decide to have joint custody over him. No one believes that they will keep it. Do they keep it? Read more
Published on June 1, 2009
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING!!!
I read this book as a child and to this day it's still one of my favorite books of all time!!
Published on March 28, 2009 by J. Mcember
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Beverly Cleary's birthday, April 12th, is celebrated across the country on D.E.A.R. Day, with activities related to the Drop Everything and Read Program. One of the most popular and honored authors of all time, Beverly Cleary has won the Newbery Medal for Dear Mr. Henshaw, and both Ramona Quimby, Age 8 and Ramona and Her Father have been named Newbery Honor Books. She makes her home in coastal California.

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