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4.2 of 5 stars 4.20  ·  rating details  ·  485 ratings  ·  116 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 communit
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published September 13th 2012 by Viking Juvenile
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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
Sally Doulton
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
Nick Lawler
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
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
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
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
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
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
Mrs. Strudthoff
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
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.
Abby Bee
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
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
"Sometimes, Li'l T, you just got to do what you got to do, even if it don't make sense to anybody but you."

Li'l T has always wanted a dog, but his dad has always said the family couldn't afford a dog. Then, Buddy runs into their life - literally. They hit him with their car on the way to church. Li'l T devises a series of plans to enable him to keep the dog, including selling his Game Boy and taking on mowing jobs to pay for Buddy's food. It's a slow process getting Buddy back to good health, an
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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
Mrs. Preziosi Jenna recommended that book to me and I LOVED it! You should really read it!
Jocelyn Medina
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
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.
Ashley Garcia
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
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
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
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
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.
"Buddy" is a warm story illustrating the sacrifices one has to make in life. The plot is about a boy who has always wished to have a dog, and the difficulties he faces to take good care of him when finally he gets one. But that's not all...
One of the strong points of this book is the way it makes the reader concern about the dog's fate which is the main reason you would like to continue reading. Also the book sends a good massage for the younger readers to know they can achieve whatever they des
Susan P
When his family has to evacuate New Orleans after warnings of an incoming storm, Lil' T is forced to leave his dog behind. He tells Buddy that they'll be back in two days, and then locks him in an upstairs bathroom with a bathtub full of water and a whole bag of food. But no one expected the devastation that was Katrina… With their neighborhood completely underwater, Lil' T and his family are forced to live in a shelter and then temporary housing. They are grateful to be alive and together, but ...more
Abby Johnson
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...
It seems as if I've read several books about kids and dogs and Hurricane Katrina and I have to admit it took me a little while to get into this book. However, as the story progresses you do get pulled in by L'il T and his dog Buddy. The character of L'il T is especially appealing as he works hard to have his family allow him to keep the dog they accidentally hit on the way to church. Then he figures out how to earn extra money for his food (and saves himself from summer boredom as well). When Ka ...more
Jenny Leiser
I took me a little longer to get into this book than it did when I read "Great Wide Sea." The book is written from the perspective of Lil'T and I thought it was a curious decision on the author's part to try and mimic the vernacular of a young under educated adolescent. However, the more I read the more I fell in love with Lil'T. His dedication to is dog, Buddy, is something you don't see everyday in this instant gratification one and done society surrounding us. The role of Hurricane Katrina in ...more
Ms. Yingling
Li'l T is happy with his life in New Orleans in 2005 except for one thing: he desperately wants a dog. When the family car hits a dog on the way to church, they rally support and take the dog to the vet, who has to amputate one of the dogs legs. Li'l T is happy that he finally has a pet, and assumes extra responsibilities, like mowing yards, in order to pay for Buddy's upkeep. Of course, in the late summer of 2005, Li'l T's family has bigger issues to worry about-- they have to leave their home ...more
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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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