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The Summer of Riley

Title

The Summer of Riley

Authors

Eve Bunting

Publisher

Harper Collins

Pages

176 pages

Publication Year

2001

ISBN

9780064409278

Genre

realism

Topic

Family Relationships; Divorce; Separation; Family member death; divorced parents; separated parents; death of a grandfather

Annotation

Eleven-year-old William never needed a friend more than now. After his parents' separation, his father's new engagement, and his grandfather's dying without any warning -- adopting big, beautiful Riley is the first thing in a long time that has made him feel better. That is, until Riley innocently chases a horse. Local law states that any animal that chases livestock must be put to sleep. Suddenly William stands to lose another thing close to him. Together with his "totally unsurpassed" friend Grace, William begins a campaign to reverse the county commissioners' decision. But with a community divided on the issue, and the bully Ellis Porter trying to stop them at every turn, will they be able to save Riley's life? Celebrated author Eve Bunting shows William's determined struggle to fight for what he believes in. The Summer of Riley is an inspiring novel about learning to accept life's changes, the healing power of friendship, and the unending desire to protect those we love.

Grade Level

3-5

Family Formation

divorced parents

Main Character

boy

Diversity Impact

direct

Race/Ethnicities

White

Awards

Middle and Junior High School Library Catalog, Ninth Edition, 2005; Middle and Junior High School Library Catalog, Ninth Edition, 2005; Adventuring with Books: A Booklist for PreK-Grade 6, 13th Edition, 2002; Middle and Junior High School Library Catalog, Ninth Edition, 2005; Middle And Junior High School Library Catalog, Supplement to the Eighth Edition, 2002; Kentucky Bluegrass Award, 2003; Nominee; The de Grummond Children's Literature Collection; Askews Torchlight Children's Book Award, 2003, Short List; Virginia Readers' Choice Award, 2003-2004, Winner, Elementary; Massachusetts Children's Book Award, 2003, Honor Book; Virginia Young Readers Program, 2004, Winner, Elementary

Keywords

engagement; remarriage; dogs; only child; bullying; horse

Item Type

Fiction

Format

novel

The Summer of Riley

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