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Little Klein

by Anne Ylvisaker

     

Little Klein is told alternately by Harold Klein and his dog LeRoy. Harold is the youngest of the four Klein boys and he's known simply as "Little Klein"—and doesn't like it very much. His mother frets that he's "delicate." And his older brothers are prone to just picking him up and toting him to where they want him to be. But Harold is growing up and longing to show that he can be big in his own way. When he meets LeRoy, a stray dog who recognizes Harold instantly as "his boy," Harold takes the first steps to assert himself in a big way. This book has a charming, old-fashioned voice, and is packed with gentle humor and young boy adventures. And I have to admit that when the story hit its big crisis I was very worried about all the Kleins, because the author had definitely managed to make me fall in love with this untamed bunch of boys. This story has the feel of a "classic" without the weighty pace—a definite keeper!

The Book

Candlewick Press
February 2009
Paperback
9780763643386 / 0736343386
Fiction / Contemporary Ages 9 - 12 Tween
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The Reviewer

Jan Fields
Reviewed 2009
NOTE: Reviewer Jan Fields is the editor of Kid Magazine Writers emagazine and has written dozens of stories and articles for the children's magazine market.
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