DIVerse Families
 
Strider

Title

Strider

Authors

Beverly Cleary

Illustrator

Paul O. Zelinsky

Publisher

Harper Collins Publishers

Pages

176 pages

Publication Year

1991

ISBN

9780380712366

Genre

realism

Topic

Family Relationships; Divorce; divorced parents

Annotation

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

Grade Level

3-5

Family Formation

divorced parents

Main Character

boy

Diversity Impact

indirect

Race/Ethnicities

White

Awards

Adventuring with Books: A Booklist for PreK-Grade 6, Tenth Edition, 1993; Best First Novels for Youth, 1991; Booklist Editors' Choice: Books for Youth, 1991; Children's Catalog, Eighteenth Edition, 2001; Children's Catalog, Nineteenth Edition, 2006; Kirkus Book Review Stars, 1991; Middle And Junior High School Library Catalog, Eighth Edition, 2000; Middle and Junior High School Library Catalog, Ninth Edition, 2005; Middle and Junior High School Library Catalog, Ninth Edition, 2005; Buckeye Children's and Teen Book Award, 1995; Nominee; Pennsylvania Young Readers' Choice Award, 1994-1995; Nominee; Texas Bluebonnet Award, 1992-1993; Master List; The de Grummond Children's Literature Collection; ABC Children's Booksellers Choices Award, 1992, Winner, Middle Grade Fiction; Reading Magic Award, 1991, Winner; Young Hoosier Book Award, 1994, Winner, Grades 6-8

Keywords

diary; dogs; running; track and field; high school

Item Type

Fiction

Format

chapter book

Strider

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