The Summer of Riley (Paperback)
|Author: Eve Bunting|
|When his best friend Riley chases a horse and is taken away due to a law that states that he must now be put down, William must find a way to save his favorite companion by convincing those involved that Riley is a good dog and deserves a second chance despite his one mistake. Reprint. *Author: Bunting, Eve *Publication Date: 2002/04/01 *Number of Pages: 170 *Binding Type: Paperback *Grade Level: 4-6 *Language: English *Depth: 0.50 *Width: 5.50 *Height: 7.75|
From the Publisher:
"Maybe that's one of the reasons people get dogs, to kind of close up the empty places inside them."
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.
11-year-old William, still reeling from the divorce of his parents and the sudden death of his beloved grandfather, begins to feel a sense of peace when he adopts a dog named Riley. For the first time in a long time, William is happy but then tragedy strikes. Riley innocently chases, and possibly injures, a neighbor's horse. Since state law requires that any animal that chases livestock must be put to sleep, Riley is taken away to be destroyed. Determined to save Riley, William sets out to convince the state that Riley deserves to be spared--and that the law must be changed.