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Author M.H. Herlong
Country United States
Language English
Published September 13, 2012
Publisher Viking Press
ISBN 978-0-670-01403-3

Buddy is a children's novel by American author M. H. Herlong about a family and a dog affected by Hurricane Katrina. It was first published in 2012 and won the award for William Allen White Children's Book Award in 2015 (Grades 6–8).


The author is a long-term resident of New Orleans and was evacuated with her family at the time of the hurricane. She recalled that many people left pets behind as they expected to be absent only a couple of days, as was usual with evacuations.


Tyrone "Li'l T" Roberts meets Buddy when his family's car unintentionally hits the stray dog on their way to church. Buddy ends up being the pet dog Li'l T's constantly wanted, until Hurricane Katrina comes to New Orleans and he needs to leave Buddy. After the tempest, Li'l T and his dad return home to discover a group attempting to reconstruct their lives, and Buddy gone. Yet, Li'l T declines to surrender his mission to locate his closest companion.


  • Tyrone "Li'l T" Elijah Roberts
  • Tanya – Li'l T's young sister
  • Baby Terrell – Li'l T's young brother
  • Tyrone – Li'l T's Dad
  • Mama – Li'l T's Mom
  • Grandpa T – Li'l T's Grandpa
  • Buddy - Li'l T's Dog
  • Brian - the new owner of Buddy
  • Brian's Mother
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