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Children's Fiction Mysteries & Detective Stories

The Goat

by (author) Anne Fleming

Publisher
Groundwood Books Ltd
Initial publish date
Mar 2017
Category
Mysteries & Detective Stories, City & Town Life, Mammals
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9781554989164
    Publish Date
    Mar 2017
    List Price
    $16.95
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781554989171
    Publish Date
    Mar 2017
    List Price
    $6.99
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781773062990
    Publish Date
    Aug 2019
    List Price
    $9.95
  • Downloadable audio file

    ISBN
    9781773061580
    Publish Date
    Feb 2018
    List Price
    $24.99
  • Downloadable audio file

    ISBN
    9781773061856
    Publish Date
    Feb 2018
    List Price
    $24.99

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 9 to 11
  • Grade: 4 to 6
  • Reading age: 9 to 11

Description

When Kid accompanies her parents to New York City, she discovers a goat living on the roof of her Manhattan apartment building— but she soon realizes a goat on the roof may be the least strange thing about her new home, whose residents are both fascinating and unforgettable.

When Kid accompanies her parents to New York City for a six-month stint of dog-sitting and home-schooling, she sees what looks like a tiny white cloud on the top of their apartment building.

Rumor says there’s a goat living on the roof, but how can that be?

As Kid soon discovers, a goat on the roof may be the least strange thing about her new home, whose residents are both fascinating unforgettable.

In the penthouse lives Joff Vanderlinden, the famous skateboarding fantasy writer, who happens to be blind. On the ninth floor are Doris and Jonathan, a retired couple trying to adapt to a new lifestyle after Jonathan’s stroke. Kenneth P. Gill, on the tenth, loves opera and tends to burble on nervously about his two hamsters — or are they guinea pigs? Then there’s Kid’s own high-maintenance mother, Lisa, who is rehearsing for an Off Broadway play and is sure it will be the world’s biggest flop.

Then Kid meets Will, whose parents died in the Twin Towers. And when she learns that the goat will bring good luck to whoever sees it, suddenly it becomes very important to know whether the goat on the roof is real.

Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.4.6
Compare and contrast the point of view from which different stories are narrated, including the difference between first- and third-person narrations.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.5.6
Describe how a narrator's or speaker's point of view influences how events are described.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.5.9
Compare and contrast stories in the same genre (e.g., mysteries and adventure stories) on their approaches to similar themes and topics.

 

About the author

ANNE FLEMING is the author of Pool-Hopping and Other Stories (shortlisted for the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize, the Danuta Gleed Award and the Governor General’s Award), and Anomaly and Gay Dwarves of America. She is a long-time and highly regarded teacher of creative writing who has taught at the University of British Columbia, Emily Carr University of Art and Design, Douglas College, Kwantlen University College and the Banff Centre for the Arts. She lives in Vancouver. The Goat is her first full-length work for young readers.

 

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Awards

  • Commended, CCBC Best Books for Kids and Teens
  • Commended, CCBC Best Books for Kids and Teens
  • Commended, New York Public Library Top 10 Best Books for Kids

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