Strider (novel)

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Cover of Strider
AuthorBeverly Cleary
IllustratorPaul O. Zelinsky
Cover artistPaul O. Zelinsky
CountryUnited States
GenreChildren's novel
Publication date
September 20, 1991[1][2]
Media typePrint (hardback & paperback)
Preceded byDear Mr. Henshaw 

Strider is an epistolary novel by children's author Beverly Cleary, the sequel to her Newbery Medal-winning novel Dear Mr. Henshaw. It was first published in 1991; and like Dear Mr. Henshaw, it was illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky.[3]

Plot summary[edit]

Strider takes place two years after the end of Dear Mr. Henshaw, and Leigh Botts has grown a lot. At age 14, he writes in his diary about his experiences with his parents' divorce, starting high school, his friend Barry, a red-haired girl named Geneva, and a dog named Strider, whom he and Barry find abandoned on a beach.

Leigh and Barry decide to share custody of Strider, in the same way divorced parents share custody of their children. However, as time goes on, Barry doesn't seem to take good care of Strider, which causes trouble for Leigh. Finally, feeling desperate, he winds up taking custody of him. He is a dog that loves to run, so they run every morning. Because of Strider, Leigh finds himself running well enough to join the school track team. He also develops a crush on Geneva, a red-headed hurdler who is on the track team.


  1. ^ "Catalog Record no. 90006608". Library of Congress. Retrieved 7 April 2013.
  2. ^ "Strider [Hardcover]". Retrieved 7 April 2013.
  3. ^ "Strider, By Beverly Cleary, Illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky: HarperCollins Children's Books". Retrieved 4 March 2012.