The Goat – Anne Fleming


91lwu4w6e7l The Goat – Anne Fleming, Groundwood Books, (9781554989164), 2017

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5

Genre: Contemporary fiction

What did you like about the book? Although this story is titled The Goat and does indeed have a goat in it about which the story revolves, it is the characters of Kid and Will along with the inhabitants of the apartment building where Kid and her parents are residing as caretakers of Cat the dog that the reader follows. All of the characters are interesting, unique and quite wonderfully quirky. It has been rumored that a goat is living on the roof of this 12-story apartment building. We, the readers, know how it got there but Kid and Will are determined to find out if it is really true. Kid is very shy until she feels comfortable around you and Will is cared for by his grandmother after both of his parents died in the twin towers. An exceptional story!

To whom would you recommend this book? Kids who like stories with intelligent characters such as those in books by E.L. Konigsburg, Ellen Raskin and Chris Grabenstein will enjoy this story very much. It would also be a good readaloud for teachers in grades 3-6.

Who should buy this book? Elementary school and public libraries

Where would you shelve it? Juvenile fiction

Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes!

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Katrina Yurenka, Moderator, Youth Services Book Review

Date of review: 2/12/2017

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