Strider by Beverly ClearyStrider by Beverly Cleary


byBeverly ClearyIllustratorPaul O. Zelinsky

Paperback | August 8, 2000

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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.

"Again demonstrates the author's uncanny sense of understanding the world of children and adolescents." (Boston Globe)
Title:StriderFormat:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 7.62 × 5.12 × 0.35 inPublished:August 8, 2000Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0380712369

ISBN - 13:9780380712366

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Strider I've loved this book since I was a kid! Such a wonderful story and what a great way it's told.
Date published: 2016-12-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great story of growing up and the strange way people can come together. We listened to it in the car on road trips when I was a kid and I've enjoyed re-reading it every so often as I myself grew up.
Date published: 2014-01-23

From Our Editors

The beloved sequel to the Newbery Award-winning Dear Mr. Henshaw, Strider brings back young Leigh Botts, who has been dealing with the stress of a runaway dog and divorced parents as best he can. But when Leigh adopts a stray dog, Strider, the magical relationship between a boy and his pet rekindles joy in young Leigh’s troubled life. Beverly Cleary is one of the most popular American authors writing young adult fiction today and she has received a New York Times Outstanding Book of the Year for Strider.

Editorial Reviews

"Again demonstrates the author's uncanny sense of understanding the world of children and adolescents." (Boston Globe)