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The goat, Anne Fleming

The goat
The goat
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Anne Fleming
Kid and her family move to an apartment building in New York City, whose eccentric residents include a skateboarding fantasy writer, a guinea pig hoarder, and possibly a goat who lives on the roof
Booklist Editors’ Choice: Books for Youth, 2017.
  • Grades 4-7 /* Starred Review */ Something big is happening at a small Manhattan apartment building. Kid and her parents are newly arrived from Toronto for a few months’ stay to look after a relative’s dog and be in the city as Kid’s mom mounts an off-Broadway musical. What makes this building unique in a skyscraper-filled metropolis isn’t its architecture but the simple fact that there is a mountain goat living on its roof. When rumor of its existence makes its way to Kid, she grows determined to catch a glimpse of the creature, as a sighting is said to bring seven years’ good luck—and her parents could use some good fortune. With her new friend Will, whose parents died in the Twin Towers, Kid begins to canvas the building for information about the goat, facing personal challenges in the process and setting in motion a chain of events that neatly links the residents’ individual lives into a shared narrative. Fleming manages to accomplish an astonishing amount of storytelling in this slender novel, shifting the point of view among Kid, four tenants, and, most wonderfully, the goat, who dreams of leaving his “sad little mountain” and gamboling in Central Park. With delicate insight and humor, Fleming cleverly unites people—and goats—from vastly different walks of life in an offbeat celebration of courage and individuality. -- Smith, Julia (Reviewed 2/15/2017) (Booklist, vol 113, number 12, p79)
  • Gr 5–8—A kid named Kid travels with her parents from her home in Canada to New York City to apartment-sit and dog-sit for a dog named Cat. Her father's uncle is traveling abroad for six months. While this is a great opportunity for her parents (her mother's off-Broadway play is in rehearsals, and her father will use the time to write his own play), Kid is already missing her own pet, a cat, as well as her friends and her school. When she arrives at the apartment building and looks up, she spies a bit of white near the top of the building. Later, upon hearing rumors that a goat lives on the roof, she wonders how that is possible. As she and her father settle into a routine that revolves around calming her anxious, high-maintenance mother, she meets Will, who is homeschooled by his grandmother, who has taken care of him ever since his parents died in the Twin Towers on September 11. Both Will and Kid have their own quirks and fears, and they fall into an easy friendship and soon decide to investigate the mystery of the goat. This slim, slice-of-life novel unfolds slowly as readers are introduced to key residents of the building who may or may not believe there is a goat on the roof. The list of characters is long, and eccentricities abound, but so do charm and warm humor. VERDICT Hand to tweens who prefer quiet, character-driven novels and fans of E.L. Konigsburg.—Brenda Kahn, Tenakill Middle School, Closter, NJ --Brenda Kahn (Reviewed 02/01/2017) (School Library Journal, vol 63, issue 02, p86)
  • When Toronto native Kid arrives in New York City with her parents to spend several months looking after a cousin’s dog, she expects to see new and unusual things, but the rumor of a goat living atop their building seems farfetched, even for Manhattan. But a goat is indeed there, and adult author Fleming (Gay Dwarves of America) uses humorous 
			third-person narration to chronicle the animal’s circumstances and the story of how it arrived on the building, switching 
			attention among multiple characters, both human and animal. Several of them have obstacles to overcome—including the goat’s hunger, Kid’s social phobia, her friend Will’s fear of windows, and an older neighbor’s frustration at the 
			physical aftereffects of a stroke—which are dealt with as they search for the goat. Kid’s adjustment to New York City, her time in museums, and the warm and unusual neighbors make for a lively yet tender story. Will’s parents died during 9/11, a revelation handled with sensitivity, and the novel’s underlying theme of people coming together on a shared quest makes for a heartwarming and very New York tale. Ages 9–11. (Mar.) --Staff (Reviewed 12/19/2016) (Publishers Weekly, vol 263, issue 51, p)
  • /* Starred Review */ There's a goat living on the roof of a New York City apartment building—or is it merely an urban legend?White Toronto native Kid and her parents arrive in the city, where they will live in a cousin's apartment and take care of his dog, Cat, while he is away. Her mom is a scattered, nervous actor who will be appearing in an off-Broadway play that she created. Cousin Doug leaves them a detailed book describing every possible facet of Cat's care and all the people with whom he interacts. Kid feels generally "paralyzed by shyness" except when she is safe in her "family bubble," but she finds herself welcomed by Cat's friends. Brown-skinned Will, whose parents were killed in the twin towers, speaks in Spoonerisms, and is afraid to look out of windows, tells Kid about the goat. Together they are determined to find it, and while involved in their quest, they lose some of their fears. Fleming has created delightfully eccentric and warmhearted characters that exist in a close-knit community in lovely, accurately described New York City venues. The delightfully named, multiply diverse tenants in the building have interesting back stories and are given a turn at expressing their viewpoints. Even the goat tells of his hunger and longings. The convoluted, intricate tale is filled with joy, sweet sadness, and a triumph of spirit. Lovely. (Fiction. 9-12)(Kirkus Reviews, January 15, 2017)
Fleming, Anne
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  • 8
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Accelerated Reader
  • Moving, Household
  • Apartment houses
  • Goats
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  • Eccentrics and eccentricities
  • City and town life
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The goat, Anne Fleming
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155 pages
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The goat, Anne Fleming
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20 cm
155 pages
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