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Grades 4 - 8Grades 2 - 4n/a3.831528

"Maybe that's one of the reasons people get dogs, to kind of close up the empty places inside them."

Eleven-year-old William never needed a friend more than now. After his parents' separation, his father's new engagement, and his grandfather's dying without any warning -- adopting big, beautiful Riley is the first thing in a long time that has made him feel better. That is, until Riley innocently chases a horse.

Local law states that any animal that chases livestock must be put to sleep. Suddenly William stands to lose another thing close to him. Together with his "totally unsurpassed" friend Grace, William begins a campaign to reverse the county commissioners' decision. But with a community divided on the issue, and the bully Ellis Porter trying to stop them at every turn, will they be able to save Riley's life?

Celebrated author Eve Bunting shows William's determined struggle to fight for what he believes in. The Summer of Riley is an inspiring novel about learning to accept life's changes, the healing power of friendship, and the unending desire to protect those we love.

Hardcover, 176 pages
Published on May 8, 2001 by HarperCollins
ISBN-10: 0060291419
ISBN-13: 9780060291419
1 Book Review
  • chellina
    chellinaMonday, January 25, 2016 at 6:03 pm
    I really like this book, I also really like the character. William was never give up of Riley, and I think that is something that I have to learn even he is only 11 years old. And I also felt like that situation is kind of my situation too in long time ago. I also had one dog called Ally, and I lost him. And in this book, there is dog named Riley, and Riley couldn't be together with William with some trouble. When I lost my dog, I felt really really sad, and I still miss him so much, so I could feel what William felt in this book. I also didn’t thought that Riley really did that, so I hoped that Riley could get out from false charge.