Twelve-year-old Li’l T, his three-legged dog, Buddy, and a close-knit family face the hardship brought on by Hurricane Katrina and learn about survival and letting go. (10-13)
— From Coming of Age
A classic boy-and-dog tale in the tradition of Old Yeller Tyrone "Li'l T" Roberts meets Buddy when his family's car accidentally hits the stray dog on their way to church. Buddy turns out to be the dog Li'l T's always wished for--until Hurricane Katrina comes to New Orleans and he must leave Buddy behind. After the storm, Li'l T and his father return home to find a community struggling to rebuild their lives--and Buddy gone. But Li'l T refuses to give up his quest to find his best friend. From the author of the BBYA Top Ten selection The Great Wide Sea comes a powerful story of hope, courage, and knowing when to let go.
About the Author
M. H. Herlong is a teacher, writer, former lawyer, and parent of four sons, and the author of The Great Wide Sea, a YALSA 2010 Top Ten Best Book for Young Adults. The author has lived for twenty-seven years in New Orleans, Louisiana, where levee breaks in 2005 after Hurricane Katrina caused massive flooding and destroyed much of the city.
Praise for Buddy by M.H. Herlong:
“From start to finish, 'Buddy' is a testament to the human capacity to endure.” —New York Times Book Review
"A touching tale of hope, of holding on when you can, and of letting go when it's the right thing to do." —Kirkus Reviews
“…more than just a dog story…” —School Library Journal
“…Stirring…”—Library Media Connection