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January 18, 2008


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Author: Beverly Cleary

Page Length: 152

Reading Level: 4

Genre: Realistic Fiction


REVIEW: Strider is the story of stray dog that wanders into the life of a teenage boy, Leigh. Leigh keeps a journal of daily activities that he feels are meaningful (because they are either good or bad). As the reader traverses the pages through Leigh’s journal, he/she discovers Leigh feelings of insecurity, his struggles with their economic and living conditions, his feelings about his father after a divorce, and his struggles to find himself and realize his strengths.


AREAS FOR TEACHING: The book is fast paced and very well written. Characters in the story are easy to identify with. Leigh makes several references as he write in his journal to what his English teacher is teaching or has taught him (so the book becomes a wonderful learning tool for applying what you’ve learned and for reinforcing ELA concepts were it to be read and discussed in class). This book truly is a moving story of courage and one young man’s success in finding his way and in learning to accept others as well.




REVIEWED BY: Dayna Taylor


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