The Goats

Written and illustrated by Brock Cole

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A boy and a girl are stripped and marooned on a small island for the night. They are the “goats.” The kids at camp think it’s a great joke, just a harmless old tradition. But the goats don’t see it that way. Instead of trying to get back to camp, they decide to call home. But no one can come and get them. So they’re on their own, wandering through a small town trying to find clothing, food, and shelter, all while avoiding suspicious adults—especially the police. The boy and the girl find they rather like life on their own. If their parents ever do show up to rescue them, the boy and the girl might be long gone. . . .
 
The Goats is a 1987 New York Times Book Review Notable Children's Book of the Year.

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"A significant addition to the body of children’s literature." -- Starred, The Horn Book

"A sensitive portrayal of that perilous time when young people are discovering their real strengths but must still bow to adult authority, a tale of underdogs triumphant, a powerful and beguiling story of survival and transformation." -- Starred, Kirkus Reviews

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Written and illustrated by Brock Cole

BROCK COLE is the author of several highly acclaimed novels as well as the author and illustrator of many picture books, including Good Enough to Eat, Buttons, and Larky Mavis. He’s also the illustrator of George Washington’s Teeth, available from Square Fish. He lives in Buffalo, New York.
Of his first novel, The Goats, Anita Silvey wrote in a Horn Book Magazine editorial, “The Goats reaffirms my belief that children’s literature is alive and thriving.” Betsy Hearne, editor of The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, lauded it as “one of the most important books of the decade.”  

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American Library Association Best Books for Young Adults, American Library Association Notable Children's Books, New York Times Book Review Notable Children's Books of the Year, Booklist Best Books of the '80s, Booklist Editors' Choice, Horn Book Magazine Fanfare List, Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year, School Library Journal Best Books of the Year

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Square Fish
June 2010
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312611910
ISBN10: 0312611919
Young Adult Fiction
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 192 pages, Black-and-white illustrations
Age Range: 12 to 15
Grade Range: 7 to 10 Information for Librarians

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Lexile: 550LL
F&P Level A-Z: Y

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
June 2010
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781466803442
ISBN10: 1466803444
Young Adult Fiction192 pages
Age Range: 12 to 15
Grade Range: 7 to 10
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