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4.28  ·  Rating Details ·  892 Ratings  ·  171 Reviews
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 communi
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published September 13th 2012 by Viking Books for Young Readers
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Candace Rasmussen Lil T, Grandpa T and the dog is buddy... i will have to look in my book for the rest though
Jill I'd say this book would be good for any kid who is a good reader aged 10 and up. Might be a bit of a struggle for a younger or less capable reader.

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Aug 11, 2013 Grace rated it it was amazing
I must say this is a really great book. Not just for dog lovers, and not just for people whose hearts are in New Orleans

M.H. Herlong does an incredible job portraying the way someone falls in love with a dog; immediately and fully. She describes the poor family's struggle, and a boy's determination to keep his dog. The struggle culminates when they can't even take the dog with them when they are forced to evacuate from Katrina. (Being a Dog Person, this would have really stood out to me even if
Poor family just getting by accidentally hits a dog on their way to church. Church community pulls together to get the dog proper vet care; dog loses a leg and boy gets to adopt him (after sacrificing his beloved gameboy to buy food). Dog gets left behind when family evacuates for Katrina. (Oh, right, this is set in New Orleans; there's not a great sense of Place around the book.) Boy will do anything to get his dog back, etc.

Not bad, a decent boy-loves-his-dog story, mixed with the grief a youn
Mrs. Strudthoff
Nov 26, 2013 Mrs. Strudthoff rated it it was amazing
Buddy was one of the books featured at the book fair. I'm also a fool for a book about dogs so I gave it a try. I LOVE this book!

Lil T leaves in New Orleans with his family. He's been dying to get a dog for a long time. But there never seems to be enough money to afford one. Then, on the way to church one morning, his father accidentally hits a dog with the car. The vet fixes the dog's leg and then Lil T takes him home and names him Buddy. To afford to feed Buddy, Lil T begins a lawn mowing busi
Sally Doulton
Sep 17, 2012 Sally Doulton rated it it was amazing
My seventh grade students will be reading this beautifully-written, inspiring and hopeful book this October. The story upholds the potential of the human spirit and demonstrates the power that love has when given selflessly, time and time again. It brings the reader to Katrina in a moving and compassionate way. The chapters, text complexity, and length of book all assist in making this an enjoyable read for readers and "non-" readers alike. Finally, a book that both genders, ages 9 and up, can r ...more
Haley Farrow
Mar 11, 2015 Haley Farrow rated it it was amazing
This was a good book. It is about a boy named Li'l T and his dog Buddy. Buddy gets separated from Li'l T in hurricane Katrina. Li'l T tries hard to find the dog, but it will depend upon his courage and strength during the rebuilding of the city, his house, and their lives after Hurricane Katrina. This book has Christ in it, and they go to church. I would recommend this book to boys and girls. It's about a boy but I still liked it. I found this book at the Book Fair.
Nick Lawler
Sep 10, 2014 Nick Lawler rated it really liked it
Lil T is the main character and one person who takes care of Buddy.
T Junior, T Senior, and Mama, are all members of Lil's family.

One day on their way to church, T Junior hit a dog in the middle of the road. After church they had the dog looked at by a vet who said that one of Buddy's front legs had to be amputated, but that he would survive. Lil T had always wanted a dog and so he bargained endlessly with his parents so that he could keep the dog. His parents finally gave in and Lil T named the
Jan 20, 2014 Michele rated it it was amazing
Mrs. Preziosi Jenna recommended that book to me and I LOVED it! You should really read it!
Jun 30, 2014 Shirley rated it it was amazing
I finished this book with tears streaming. I can't say that M. H. Herlong's novel has a sad ending, so I guess I'll have to describe it as emotionally touching.

The relationship between Li'l T and his dog Buddy is something most dog owners know. These two share many heart-to-heart conversations throughout the novel.

Herlong draws the reader into the sights and sounds of New Orleans as Li'l T and Buddy sit together and listen. "The squirrels are chucking in the bushes and the birds are chirp, chi
Sep 21, 2014 Suzanne rated it really liked it
Shelves: juvenile-fiction
Over and over I have heard it said that nothing in this world is truly ours. We are just given things and people and sometimes they stay in our lives and sometimes they do not. It does not take long in life to realize that we are not in control.

Li'l T Roberts's, family hits a dog on the way to church one Sunday. The dog has been abandoned and now needs medical care. After the new dog's leg was cut off, the family names him Buddy and Li'l T adopts him and works odd jobs to help feed him.

When Hur
May 28, 2014 Dolores rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another Katrina story about a boy and his dog, and yet--it wasn't. Lil 'T has wanted a dog for the longest time, but there was never enough money or room. So when his family car hits a stray, it seems like fate. Here is his dog--his Buddy. Yes, the dog is badly injured. One of the dog's legs needs to be amputated and Lil 'T needs to nurse him back to health. But Buddy recovers nicely and is everything Lil 'T wants in a dog. He even manages to win over the family. But then Katrina comes along and ...more
Judi Paradis
Jul 16, 2012 Judi Paradis rated it really liked it
A GREAT dog book. L'il T never thinks he'll get a dog, until the day his dad hits one with their car, and his church helps raise the money needed to provide Buddy with medical care. The boy loves his new dog fiercely and makes his life in a rundown neighborhood in New Orleans bearable. Of course, Hurricane Katrina hits, and when they leave Buddy locked in their bathroom with plenty of food and water, they believe they are coming back in a day or so. As the disaster unfolds, L'il T's family lets ...more
Lynda Schmidt
Oct 07, 2013 Lynda Schmidt rated it really liked it
Shelves: kid-s-books
I found this story very slow to start. I wondered if I would stick with it as a kid but, since several of my students were reading it, I felt the desire to finish it. I was quite glad I did.

Lil T is an 11 year old obsessed with wanting a dog. Turns out, early in the book, his dad happens to hit a dog while driving so Buddy is suddenly there, Lil T's responsibility. The book follows the changes in Lil T from a self-centered boy to an ambitious, empathetic, understanding young adult. The coming o
Really enjoyed this story about a boy and his dog. Was afraid the Hurricane Katrina plot would take away from the story, but it really added to it and gave insight into decisions people have to make when evacuating. Very likable characters, fast-paced and the voice feels true to a middle school African American boy.
Luke Wood
May 08, 2016 Luke Wood rated it it was amazing
I read the book Buddy written by M.H. Herlong. This book is written about a dog that has three legs that is found stranded on the road while a family is trying to get to church on Sunday morning. The family stops and picks up the dog takes it to the vet and gets it back in good health conditions. I feel that the author's purpose in this book is to persuade you to help animals that are in need of help. Even if you don't like dogs or don't like cats it will never hurt to stop and help them becaus ...more
Zachary Ghaznawi
Oct 20, 2015 Zachary Ghaznawi rated it it was amazing
Shelves: english-1-2
I think that this book is really good because I can relate to it a lot. I can relate to this book because it is about a kid who has always wanted a dog but never had the money to get one and take care of one but by an accident hits the dog with the car and has no other choice but to keep it along with the struggles that come with it.

I relate to it because all my life I have wanted a dog but never got one but one day when my dad was in LA for work and he came along these people who happen to bree
Sep 09, 2015 Cecilia rated it really liked it
This book would be great for people with a love of dogs. M.H. Herlong definitely captures the encouragement that the boy gives to the dog and the dog gives to the boy. Through out the story the boy otherwise known as Lil' T talks and talks to his dog which shows how strong his relationship is with him. He is very protective of hime and won't let his little sister dress Buddy (the dog) up. One thing that makes the story even more complex is Buddy's disability which causes him to walk not run. The ...more
Abby Bee
Oct 07, 2014 Abby Bee rated it really liked it
The author's purpose of writing this book is that he loves dog and talking about sad story's of dogs in a story. The author is saying that you always don't have to have your dog always right by your side. In the story they had to leave because of an important thing and they had to leave the dog at their house because they didn't have enough room to take the dog with them. And the author was saying that the family believes that the dog would survive until they get back. This book was also written ...more
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Dec 12, 2014 Lilliana rated it it was amazing

Buddy is a book about this little boy about the age of a sixth grader named Lil’ T. So one day, they were on their way to church. That’s when they heard a sound. Not an everyday sound. It sounded like they had ran over something. And that’s exactly what happened. The whole car was silent, not a word to be said. They had ran over a dog. Luckily they hadn’t run over the entire dog, so it was still alive. They had to take great care of it because, the car had ran the poor dogs leg over.
So, as
Paxton Ray
A1 English
Buddy by: M. H. Herlong

Tyrone wanted a dog so bad that he sold his game in order to prove to his Grandpa T that he truly did want his own dog. Tyrone already had a name for his dog, he was going to call him Buddy, because his dog would hang around with him everywhere he would go. They would eat, play and sleep together. In other words they would be inseparable.

On the way to church one Sunday , Tyrone’s family hit a dog and the dog was hurt very bad , in fact they had to cut
May 03, 2016 Grace rated it it was amazing
I think buddy was a very good book, right from the beginning it grabs you into the book. The theme is in a small town. One day on the news the mayor told the town about a hurricane that was coming, and that everyone need to leave. Little T wanted his dog to come with but they didn't have no room in there car. Once they left they went to a shelter, they were there for couple of weeks. Once the water was gone it wa safe to go home, but there wasn't much to go home too. Little T and his dad had a l ...more
Jocelyn Medina
Jan 29, 2014 Jocelyn Medina rated it really liked it
This book I chose was Buddy.The author's name M.H Herlong and the genre is non fiction.Buddy is a heart warming story about Tyrone "Lil T " Robert.Lil T would do anything for a dog.While going to church one day Lil T's dad ran over a stray dog.After looking that the dog was breathing Lil T volunteered to walk to church even though it was burning outside.After church Lil T took the dog to the vet and he

Than Hurricane Katrina came and the family had to evacuate and they had no room in the car a
Jonathan Gabbard
Nov 05, 2014 Jonathan Gabbard rated it it was amazing
I thought that the book was really good. A boy and his family where going to church when they hit a dog. The dog gets a broken leg and the family decides to take the dog which ends up being a really close member of the family.
Mary Elizabeth
Feb 04, 2015 Mary Elizabeth rated it it was amazing
Tyrone "Li'l T" Roberts acquires the dog he has wanted forever when the family car hits a stray on their way to church. It is the church congregation that makes keeping the dog a possibility and Buddy soon becomes the dog Lil T has always dreamed of in spite of the fact that Buddy has lost a leg in the accident. Li'l T takes on the financial responsibility for the feeding and care of Buddy and finds it difficult to share his dog with anyone. Buddy, however, seems to connect with every person he ...more
Ashley Garcia
Jan 28, 2014 Ashley Garcia rated it really liked it
I just finished reading “Buddy” by M.H Herlong. The genre of this book is realistic fiction. This book is about a three legged dog named buddy. A twelve-year old with the name Tyrone (“Li’l T”) Robert takes him in after years of wanting a dog. But when Hurricane Katrina hits their city and destroys the whole town , Li’l T finds himself fighting with all his strength to find buddy,along the way with trying to help his friends and most importantly his family as they struggle to get their lives ba ...more
Jul 30, 2014 Tarissa rated it really liked it
This is the story of a determined boy, a three-legged dog, a destitute family, a miserable tragedy, and faith when all is hopeless.

"Buddy" is a great dog tale, not for the faint of heart, but it is for people who love their dogs to death. You'll be taken on a journey, through the disaster of Hurricane Katrina, and the devastation it brought on America.

I liked how the story brought out Li'l T's endurance in how he worked hard for what he wanted. And I liked that the author incorporated going to c
Alma  Ramos-McDermott
Jan 29, 2016 Alma Ramos-McDermott rated it it was amazing
Li’l T is about to be 13 years old, and has always wanted a dog. When his father accidentally runs over a mangy dog, Li’l T takes it as a sign the dog is to be his and names him Buddy. From that day on, he and Buddy are inseparable.

Read the rest of my review at: http://shouldireaditornot.wordpress.c...
Linda Lipko
Jan 19, 2014 Linda Lipko rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
I loved this book! Written from the voice of Lil't, whose home is New Orleans, LA, the author develops the character from a young child - a wise young man. The depiction of a strong church family, a strong grandfather, father, mother and siblings is sheer poignant joy!

Poor in money, rich in love, Lil't's family struggles financially. Lil't longs for a dog. While driving to church, his father hits a stray dog that ran in front of the car. Buddy wants desperately to obtain assistance for the dog a
Ny'Liah Richmond
Aug 01, 2016 Ny'Liah Richmond rated it it was amazing
This amazing yet incredible book made me feel many different feelings. Such as happy,sad and grateful. It was about a week ago when I got this book. I needed to hurry and pick out some books. In the youth section I was walking and there was the book Buddy. I saw the cover and it quickly reminded me of the Boston Terrior dog I had. My Aunt came up with the name Buddy.
Anyways about the book. Lil T lives with his Mom and Dad his younger sister and his little brother. On one Sunday morning Lil T p
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M.H. Herlong grew up in a small town in South Carolina where she once had a dog and never went sailing but did read about a million books. It makes perfect sense, therefore, that she writes all the time and that her first published novel was about sailing and her second, about a dog.

She went to The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, where she majored in English and studied fict
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