The Summer of Riley

Eve Bunting (Author)


Enjoy best-selling author Eve Bunting's moving story about the bond between a boy and his dog.

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 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.

Product Details

Publish Date
March 26, 2002
5.1 X 0.4 X 7.6 inches | 0.3 pounds
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About the Author

Eve Bunting was born in Ireland and came to California with her husband and three children. She is one of the most acclaimed and versatile children's book authors, with more than two hundred novels and picture books to her credit. Among her honors are many state awards, the Kerlan Award, the Golden Kite Award, the Regina Medal, the Mystery Writers of America and the Western Writers of America awards, and a PEN International Special Achievement award for her contribution to children's literature. In 2002, Ms. Bunting was chosen to be Irish-American Woman of the Year by the Irish-American Heritage Committee of New York.


"A thought-provoking story."--School Library Joumal
"Bunting's straightforward story about a boy living in Oregon who learns to accept the loss of loved ones, including his dog, is heartwarming despite some heavy touches. [T]he tender moments between mother and son, coupled with equally gentle interactions between William and [his dog] Riley carry the story."--Publishers Weekly
"Middle-graders will relish the bittersweet but satisfying resolution and the picture of a boy standing up to uncaring adults, bullies, and the system."--ALA Booklist