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Summer of Riley [Turtleback]

Eve Bunting

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Sep 2002 Joanna Cotler Books

The ultimate boy and dog story. Heartwarming and inspiring story as a boy fights to keep his dog alive. For 8 – 12 year olds.

Eleven-year-old William gets his dog after a stormy period in his life; his parents have separated, dad has just got engaged and then his grandfather dies without any warning. Though Riley is no substitute for Grandpa, he is a wonderful dog. Riley behaves impeccably, he comes when called; doesn’t make puddles; sits up straight in the car and doesn’t tear up the flowerbeds. He is, in fact, the perfect dog. UNTIL one day he goes beserk with a neighbour’s beloved old racehorse. Local law states that any animal that chases livestock must be put to sleep. Suddenly William stands to lose something else that is close to him. Riley is taken away,…

William and best-friend Grace start a campaign to save Riley.They get him a lawyer and get an action group together to raise money for his defence.The Press latch on to the story. Another action group is formed by the horse owner’s friend and it’s their intention NOT to save Riley. Polls are taken and the electorate are undecided. The final day of Riley’s life dawns and it’s going to take a miracle to save him. But William never gives up. Through sheer determination and hours surfing the internet, William comes up with the answer and the novel ends happily.

An inspiring novel as William struggles to fight for what he believes in and about learning to accept life’s changes.

This is a hugely satisfying novel with a real feel-good factor.The pace is maintained to the end and it is a riveting read, particularly for animal-loving children.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Product details

  • Turtleback
  • Publisher: Demco Media (Sep 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0606245944
  • ISBN-13: 978-0606245944
  • Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 13.3 x 1.9 cm

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Eve Bunting has won the Golden Kite Award and is the three-time recipient of the Best Work of Fiction Award of the Southern California Council on Literature for Children and Young People. She has written more than 100 books for young readers including Blackwater, also published by Collins. Eve Bunting was born in Ireland but now lives in Southern California.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Look At "The Summer of Riley" 18 Aug 2010
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This summer I read "The Summer of Riley" by Eve Bunting. It's a story about a boy's dog who is sentenced to death for chasing a horse, and his owner's efforts to save his life.
The book is both heart-breaking.....and some-what happy. The most heart-breaking part to me is probably when Riley (the dog) is forcefully taken from William (Riley's owner/main character). Bunting writes: I grabbed him (Riley) around the neck and tried not to let Dad clip the leash onto his collar. "No. No." I kept pushing his hand away. I heard Riley whine, the doors of the truck slam, and the wheels crunch down the driveway.
Tugs on your heartstrings, doesn't it? Well, I won't tell you the good part, because that would ruin the surprise. But there IS a good part. Trust me.
This a book that you will not be able to put down, because you will need to know what becomes of Riley, William, and the other characters. I would recommend this book to people who like a story with suspense and surprises, which is definitely me!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Summer of Riley 25 Jan 2006
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The Review of the Summer of Riley by Eve Bunting

Do you love story's that talk about a child that a dog is one of his best friends? Well if you do this book is right for you. Riley is the dog and Will is the boy and in this book they have a very strong bond that turns to the worse. Where did Riley go? Will we find him?

The characters in this book would be Will, Grace, Ellis, The Sultan, and Riley. Will is the main character and is a very out going kind of guy. Grace is Will's best friend and is always there when will needs her. Ellis is a bully to Will and try's to make Will's life even worse than it was before. Sultan is the famous, But retired, race horse and with the Sultan Riley try's to chase the Sultan and Mrs. Peachie Thinks its all Will's fault because Will didn't keep track of Riley and that the fact that riley wasn't on a leash. Also we can't forget Riley, He's Will's dog and at some point of time Riley seems as if he were a human friend.

This book has 3 main themes to it, friendship, hate, and confusion to it. When Will hears his mom and dad fighting down stares he doesn't know what to do. Should he go back to bead and forget about it or should he go down stairs to see what's going on. Also when Will finds Riley after his grandpa's death Will feels that there is some kind of hope that may have been in the corner all that time. Also every time Will runs into Ellis no matter when he is once again Ellis try's to do something that Will hates but Ellis doesn't care.

The setting in this book includes Will's room, outside, and the dog shelter.

The dog shelter plays some what of a big role because that is where found Riley and sad his hair looks as if he were a lion. When Will is in his room he try's to think of the things he did wrong and what he could of done to fix is mistakes. He also thinks of his friends and family like Grace and his grandpa .When Will is outside he's mostly playing with Riley, and Grace. The three buds.

When you read this book you will know exactly how the charter feels and what their personality's are like with all the charters. So if you like a good book that you know where in the book the charter is and how he or she feels like this is the right book to read. Also while your reading this book you can tell the themes is this book because they talk about it a lot and show it really well. I would truly recommend this book to someone who likes to read a book that keeps you on your toes but yet isn't a mystery book. So remember when you're looking for a good book that you can read chose, The Summer of Riley by Eve Bunting.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Summer of Riley 21 Dec 2004
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I would give this book 5/5 stars. Because this is about a kid named william whose grandpa just died so he and his Mom and he go and adopt a dog and his mom let him get by with getting a dog. But one day dog does something wrong he bites the neighbors horse and pachie the his moms best friend pachie files a complaint and william and Grace his best friend have 21 days to save Rileys the life. Recommended this book to people who like dog
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Greatest Book In History! 4 Nov 2002
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This book shows drama and is a dog story. Have you heard of the saying "Dog is a man's best friend"? Well at times when I read this I think Dog is anyone's best friend. I love this book because this book shows a loving owner that wants to do everything it takes to save a dog he only had for several days. I love this book and will always remember it. I rate this book a five cause I believe it deserves that or more! I will remember this book as a favorite!
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Cute Dog named Riley 27 May 2003
By Monica - Published on
This is one of the best books I Have ever read. Its about a dog named Riley, I know how some dogs could be annoying because I have a dog, but this dog is a well behaved pup. Until one day he started chasing a horse and the owner of the horse called the animal control society and they took Riley away. Riley's owner which was a boy, was really mad that they took away Riley his best dog friend so he started thinking of a plan to get his dog back but the first plan did not work the second plan was better but it also did not work the last plan worked and the boy was happy.
I really enjoyed this book and I love animals such as Riley. I really hope you enjoy this book as much as I did.
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