Little Klein

Publisher: Candlewick
"A lovely coming-of-age tale filled with humor and pathos and unexpected twists...The characters are quirky, eccentric, and lovable." — Kirkus Reviews

Harold "Little" Klein can’t seem to measure up. Surrounded by the "Bigs," his boisterous gang of older brothers, and the bustling, bighearted Mother Klein, Harold often feels little and left out — until the day a stray dog named LeRoy becomes his inseparable companion. Join a cast of colorful characters in a rural river town circa 1949, where boys wrestle and fish, swipe pies, ride perilous waters on homemade rafts, and sometimes quietly become heroes.

READ AN EXCERPT

THE FALLS

The Klein Boys balanced their craft on the back of Mark’s bike and pushed it out of town. LeRoy followed them to the river, where Little Klein launched his brothers into the porcelain water with a shove that left him on shore.

"Wait for me!" he cried as a swirling current caught the...
Read More

PRAISE FOR

"A lyrical reminder that there never was an easy era for being a Little among the Bigs or for a dog trying to herd his humans." — Richard Peck, author of the Newbery Medal-winning A YEAR DOWN YONDER and the Newbery Honor Book A LONG WAY FROM CHICAGO — Richard Peck, author of Newbery Medal-winning A YEAR DOWN YONDER and the Newbery Honor Book A LONG WAY FROM CHICAGO

"A perfectly engaging read. . . . Little Klein joins Despereaux on my list of favorite unlikely literary champions." — Kirby Larson, author of the Newbery Honor Book HATTIE BIG SKY — Kirby Larson, author of the Newbery Honor Book HATTIE BIG SKY