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4.29  ·  Rating Details ·  950 Ratings  ·  182 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.
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!
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
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
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
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
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
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.

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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.
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.
Aug 09, 2012 Martha rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-school, 2012
Anyone who loves dogs will love this story. I really LOVE this family. A good dad and great family. It seems few and far between in children's literature these days, so I appreciate that.
Abby Johnson
Mar 23, 2013 Abby Johnson rated it liked it
Ugh, I mean I liked the story but it was just a little over the top. Still, I think it's got a lot of appeal for kids who love dog stories...
Mar 26, 2015 Tori rated it it was amazing
This book was really good, but it made me cry.
Jacqueline Palacios
Nov 30, 2016 Jacqueline Palacios rated it it was amazing
The book “Buddy” is 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 dog's leg over.

So, as
Megan Pelletier
Nov 29, 2016 Megan Pelletier rated it it was ok
A three legged, and scarred dog named Buddy is owned by twelve year old Tyrone Roberts who turns out to have the dog of his dreams. But the two end up getting separated by Hurricane Katrina, and Tyrone ends up fighting with everything he has to find Buddy, while helping his friends and family as they struggle to regain their normal lives from the disaster.
Blakely Tusa
Nov 02, 2016 Blakely Tusa rated it it was amazing
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Oct 06, 2016 Kylie rated it it was amazing
This is a good book to tell you how to behave and If you love something do anything for them
Savera Hamid
May 22, 2016 Savera Hamid rated it really liked it
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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
Abby Bee
Feb 18, 2016 Abby Bee rated it it was amazing
The author's purpose of writing this book is that he loves dogs and talking about sad story of dog in a story. The author is saying that you always don't have to have your dog always right by your side. Because in the story they had to leave because of a important thing and they had to leave the dog at there 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 wr ...more
Raul Gallardo
Sep 20, 2016 Raul Gallardo rated it it was amazing
Buddy by M.H. Herlong a book about a kid named Tyrone or Lil T gets a dog named Buddy and when Hurricane Katrina hits Tyrone has to try to find his dog but how far will he go to find his dog? This book is amazing and i would really recommend it if you really want a book about courage.
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
Feb 04, 2013 Nicole rated it really liked it
Viking, 2012
Realistic Fiction
296 pages
Recommended for grades 5-8

Shortly into this book I was excited about sharing it with a student that has a special tie to New Orleans. I thought although it might be a bit of a stretch for him, his interest in the story might be strong enough to overcome it being a tough read. And because I was so excited, I told him at school the next day that I had a great book to share with him as soon as I was done with it. I should have waited until I'd finished it, beca
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
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
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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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