DIVerse Families
 
Strider

Title

Strider

Authors

Beverly Cleary

Illustrator

Paul O. Zelinsky

Publisher

Harper Collins Publishers

Publication Year

1991

ISBN

9780380712366

Pages

176 pages

Genre

realism

Format

chapter book

Item Type

Fiction

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

Topic

Family Relationships; Divorce; divorced parents

Main Character

boy

Race/Ethnicities

White

Family Formation

divorced parents

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

Diversity Impact

indirect

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