Lester's Dog by Karen Hesse

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Illus. in full color. "A sensitive story about a boy who, with the help of a deaf freind, conquers his fear of a neighbor's dog that bit him years earlier. In the process, he saves a kitten and befriends an elderly, recently widowed man. Carpenter's pictures give vivid life to Hesse's gripping story, set in a 1940s neighborhood. Children will beg to tell their own stories after hearing this one."--(starred) School Library Journal.  

About Karen Hesse

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Karen Hesse (born on August 29, 1952 Baltimore, Maryland) is an American author of children's literature and literature for young adults. She studied theatre at Towson State College, and finished her undergraduate degree at the University of Maryland in English, Psychology, and Anthropology. In 1998 she won the Newbery Medal for her young adult novel, Out of the Dust. Hesse lives in Vermont with her husband and two teen-aged daughters. Nancy Carpenter, illustrator of many successful picture books, lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Published September 7, 1993 by Knopf Books for Young Readers. 350 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books.

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The unnamed narrator shivers as he watches Lester's dog light out after a car--he's had his own run-ins with the big creature and knows better than to tangle with him.

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This atmospheric picture book memorably evokes the long summer evenings of a bygone era, then broadens in scope to convey a boy's sudden courage and the warmth of friendship.

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