M.H. Herlong's Buddy, does not sugar coat -- there is no fairy tale ending. Lil'T, the story's lovable protagonist, and his family might be poor before the hurricane and totally wiped out after the disaster, but they are survivors -- they have each other, their faith, and their unwavering determination to persevere. That resolve is what keeps Lil'T working to get Buddy, his beloved three-legged dog, back long after the levees break. While there isn't the happy ending that readers may be hoping for, it's the right ending.
This is the perfect time to read, or re-read, Two Bobbies : A True Story of Hurricane Katrina, Friendship, and Survival and Buddy.