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Strider (Leigh Botts #2)

3.74 of 5 stars 3.74  ·  rating details  ·  1,570 ratings  ·  91 reviews
In a series of diary entries, Leigh tells how he comes to terms with his parents' divorce, acquires joint custody of an abandoned dog, and joins the track team at school.
Published (first published September 20th 1991)
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A welcome return to the life of Leigh Botts. Beverly Cleary once again uses tone with faultless control: Leigh has grown up, naturally and believably. The fledgling maturity of his character in coming to grips with his parent's divorce, his nascent attraction to a girl, his self-assuredness; all of it rings true, with the slightest tinge of sadness. There is a bittersweet undertone here not found in "Dear Mr Henshaw", a bit of saying goodbye to the younger way of living life, and for us, leaving ...more
Stephen Gallup
The other day my 8-year-old surprised me by liking a passage in one of her books enough to read it to me with great expression while I was driving the car:

“The old man said to the stranger, ‘I gotcha cornered, and I’m gonna tell ya about my dog. Ya gotta listen even if ya don’t wanna. My dog’s coat is sorta rough, but his ears are kinda soft. He knows howta heel. His eyes say, Gimme your attention, gimme your love, gimme a bone. Whatcha think of that? When I walk him, he always hasta lift his le
Rena Sherwood
Although this is a sequel, you do not have to read the first book in order to understand what's going on here. I'm 45 -- not exactly Cleary's target audience. However, I found this clever and cute story absorbing. The diary thing has been done to death, though. I wish this book had been published at the time of my parents' divorce.
Danny Bergman
This is the "eagerly anticipated sequel" to Dear Mr. Henshaw, written over a decade after Cleary's Newberry-winning book. The story of Strider, however, takes place just a few months after the first book finished.

Strider follows narrator Leigh through his diary entries, so we don't get any letter entries like in Dear Mr. Henshaw. But Leigh's voice is a strong as ever, as he rediscovers his previous diary and decides to take up the habit again, now as he prepares to enter high school. Strider is
Mar 15, 2014 Irene rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Middle school students
Shelves: children
I read this book right on the heels of Dear Mr. Henshaw, but it still took me a few chapters to get into it.

If Dear Mr. Henshaw was at times wistful and sad, with Leigh feeling lonely and despairing, then this book is - for a while anyway - downright depressing. It's sad that Leigh and his father don't have a good relationship, especially since there's a sense that they did before the divorce, even if his dad was on the road a lot. I know it's the last thing that children of divorce of supposed
Jill Reeder
I home-school my kids and we like to listen to books on cd in the car. (we have a 45 minute drive to just about anywhere we go) We recently listened to Dear Mr. Henshaw on cd. I thought I had read it growing up, but the story was not familiar to me. I really enjoyed listening to it and so did my kids. I was thrilled to hear that there was a sequel.

I was even more thrilled to learn that our small local library had it on cd as well. My husband doesn't care to read, but has been recently laid off.
Apr 25, 2013 Annette rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Dear Mr. Henshaw
Shelves: juvenile-fiction
I read this book many years ago, but just recently re read it because I read Dear Mr. Henshaw to my two young daughters and they requested that I read the sequel to them. I was very glad that there was a sequel because I was still feeling sorry for Leigh at the end of DMH. This book takes place two years later and so of course Leigh has matured some and has been able to accept his parents divorce. He's still friends with Barry, the kid with all of the sisters. He makes two new friends in this bo ...more
Renee Hall
Though I've read Dear Mr. Henshaw countless times through the years, I never realized there was a sequel until recently, when I re-read Henshaw and the library copy had a list in the back of some of Cleary's other books with short descriptions.

I have to admit, reading "From the Diary of Leigh Botts" on the first page made me smile -- it felt like finally catching up with a friend. Overall, it's not entirely up to par with the first -- not quite as poignant or elegant in its structure, a little
Beverly Cleary
“Chariots of Fur”

Man’s best friend does it again! Well, it’s been two years since Leigh Botts closed the diary which boys’ writer, Mr. Henshaw, had inspired him to keep. Now he’s taller, more confident, still living in a “shack” with his divorced mom, but totally cool about his trucker dad’s permanent absence from the family portrait. One day at the beach he find an abandoned dog—of a breed which runs and herds other animals. Starving but obedient to his last command, th
Abby Johnson
It's been several years since Leigh Botts last wrote in his journal, but he finds it and starts writing about his freshman year of high school. Things are going good for Leigh - he's got a best friend, Barry, and they're sharing custody of an abandoned dog they found on the beach. But sharing custody of Strider soon gets more complicated than Leigh could have imagined. Can his friendship with Barry survive? And if so, will it mean giving up the dog he's come to love?

Again, Beverly Cleary gives
"Problem solving, and I don't mean algebra, seems to be my life's work. Maybe it's everyone's life's work."

--Leigh Botts, "Strider", P. 117

I would give this book three and a half stars, for sure. The tone in Beverly Cleary's two books about Leigh Botts, "Dear Mr. Henshaw" and "Strider", is very unique. It's not as if he is always sad, but there's an unmistakably poignant sadness behind everything (stemming from his parents' divorce before the story began, I think) that permeates the atmosphe
I had hoped that his parents would get back together by the end, there was a point where it seemed like it might be possible, but this was still a very good continuation of Leigh Botts's story begun in Dear Mr. Henshaw, and it reminded me of why I loved Beverly Cleary books so much when I was younger.
The story of Leigh Botts is less about Mr Henshaw and more just about this the life of a 14 year old freshman at high school- navigating divorce, an interest in girls, his friendships and a budding interest in running. Leigh has found a dog- Strider. This love helps Leigh as he grows up and learns who he is in his own life. A great story for all 12 to 15 year olds.
This is the second book I've read by this fine author, and I enjoyed it immensley. It is aimed a young adult audience, which I guess is teenageagers, but that does not diminish its narrative value. The characters are well drawn, the story is engaging, and the issues addressed are real and approached with sensativity. Leigh is 14, lives with his divorced Mom in a down at the heels cottage in Pacific Grove. He grieves for his dad, but finds comfort in a stray dog he calls Strider. As the story unf ...more
Thomas Bell
Pretty good book, especially near the ending. I think the 1st book in the series, Dr. Mr. Henshaw, was superior, but this was still fun. It's about a boy learning to be accepted. Actually, it's more about him realizing that he is accepted. I like what he does with his essay at the ending, and I really like how Cleary makes light of the way some teachers really stink. ;)
Camille Lopez
Like its predecessor, Strider is also AMAZING (emphasis on capitalization there)... I was really glad when I had found a copy because I don't think it would ever be in the bookshelf of our local bookstore (which only sells latest books)..BTW I had bought a copy in a second hand bookstore...

Now leigh in the story is a teenager ...
he and his friend Barry found an abandon dog and they made a shared custody of the dog(just like with Leigh and Barry's parents did to them)
There was also this girl whic
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Fourteen-year-old Leigh and his mother are still living in the "shack" on Mrs. Smerling's property. One day, Leigh and his friend, Barry Brinkerhoff, go to the beach and find Strider, an abandoned dog. Barry takes the dog home, and the boys decide to share ownership. They discover that Strider loves to run. Whenever they walk him, he nips their heels until they are all running. When Barry goes to visit his mother in Los Angeles, Leigh takes care of Strider. The dog proves the perfect companion f ...more
Strider was interesting because it was a boy's diary. Leigh (main character) lives with his mom and rarely sees his dad. One day he finds a dog at the beach and keeps him. What I liked about this book was that Leigh had such a incredible relationship with Strider (dog). They loved running together in the mornings and I also like that I feel like Leigh was talking to me. Leigh doesn't care what other people think of him which is brave of him. Also I liked that some of Leigh's moments was that the ...more
This book is the book after Dear. Mr Henshaw, and now Leigh is older and faces the problems of being a teenager. He finds a dog and names him Strider which he seems to have a strong connection with throughout the book. Many things happen such as e gets a girlfriend and he joins the track team. He is a very good runner and even wins first place at a meet.

Dear Mr Henshaw was my favorite book, because it was one of the first book i really read (that was "big")and i remember i was sad when i had fin
Laney J.
The book was called Strider. The author is Beverly Cleary. The genre is realistic fiction. It was 176 pages long.

Leigh comes upon a dog. He is a stray. Leigh and his friend Barry, name him Strider. They do this because he runs a lot. He is a loyal companion to Leigh and Barry. But later, he becomes more friendly to Leigh. Barry sort of gets upset. But eventually Barry gets over it, and gives Strider fully to Leigh.

I thought the book was okay. I wasn't the greatest I've ever read. The title makes
Lisbeth Solberg
Jun 04, 2014 Lisbeth Solberg rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: dog lovers & young runners
Likable, believable characters, though this Leigh Botts outing lacks the arc of a main conflict. A good, solid achievement but not as satisfying as Dear Mr. Henshaw nor as flat-out wonderful as the Ramona books.
Lacks the emotional punch of Dear Mr. Henshaw, but still a strong companion. It's nice to see Leigh growing up, and I like how he becomes a runner and a better writer.
Angela Joyce
How did I not know until yesterday that the book I grew up loving with all my heart, "Dear Mr. Henshaw", had a sequel-- and such a worthy one at that?
Second xtory about the boy Leigh and his family, I think that one is even more sweet, believable and honest... It`s a good book, not only for kids
Gwen Colley
I read this book in one day. It was AMAZIMG. It's one of those books that kinda makes you feel like your right in the book.
Mike Ehlers
Another book for my daughter's Battle of the Books at school. I haven't read a Beverly Cleary book since my grade school days. And I've never read the other book with this character in it, but I remember liking Cleary books back in the day. I think I was expecting more from this.

My daughter liked the format of the book being journal entries, and I liked the characters well enough, including the dog. But the plot seemed fairly uneventful for the coming of age story I was expecting. Not a bad book
This book is about 2 friends,Leigh and Barry,that find a dog. They name him Strider, hence the name of the book. They agree on a joint custody, which they think will work pretty good. Barry lives with his dad in a big modern-style house, and Leigh lives with his mom in a small cottage. Later on Barry and Leigh get in a fight and so, Barry takes full custody of Strider for a while. After a while they both realize they were wrong and Barry gives full custody to Leigh, and they become friends again ...more
Not bad. It's nice to read a story about a dog where nothing bad happens to the dog. I usually avoid dog stories for that reason. Leigh is a good role model for kids in that even as a young teenager, he really doesn't care what anyone thinks and just does his own thing.

Comments from before reading: Aww, look at that puppy. I guess I never got around to reading this one in elementary school! I think I will now having just finished Dear Mr. Henshaw.
I loved Dear Mr. Henshaw when I was a kid--I was a dorky loner who fancied myself quite the creative writer, so the story of this dorky loner attracting the attention of a Famous Writer was a total fantasy.

This sequel was a little more working-man than I remembered Dear Mr. Henshaw being, but it's likely that I just wasn't reading for that in the original. And I'm not a dog person and I LOATHE running, but there was something about this story of a regular kid achieving the small victories that w
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Beverly Cleary (born April 12, 1916) is the author of over 30 books for young adults and children. Her characters are normal children facing challenges that many of us face growing up, and her stories are liberally laced with humour. Some of her best known and loved characters are Ramona Quimby and her sister Beatrice ("Beezus"), Henry Huggins, and Ralph S. Mouse.

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