The Goat

The Goat

Book - 2017
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"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 top of their apartment building. Rumor says there's a goat living on the roof, but how can that be?"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Toronto :, Groundwood Books/House of Anansi Press,, 2017
ISBN: 9781554989164
Branch Call Number: JUV FIC Fle
Characteristics: 155 pages 20 cm


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JCLChrisK Aug 29, 2018

A cast of eccentric characters in a New York apartment building brought together by a quest to find the goat rumored to live on their building. Quiet and charming.

May 31, 2018


Can I borrow this book and sent to Fleetwood library? Thank you!

Cecilia Lalisan

Gina_Vee May 25, 2018

It took some time for me to like this book, and even then, I think my favorite parts of the book were the last three chapters. A lot of the beginning of the book was hard to trudge through (and it might be that I'm reading it from an adult perspective). The characters, however, are very interesting, and the ending is great. I recommend this book mostly for its character development and the overall idea of community in one apartment building.

cmlibrary_rkimray Feb 26, 2018

A quirky, character-driven story about the residents (both human and animal) that live in a New York apartment building. Sometimes silly, sometimes heart-wrenching, it manages to weave together the stories of many flawed characters (including the goat) with a gentle touch.

forbesrachel Oct 09, 2017

You might not believe it, but in New York there lives a most unusual resident upon the top of a building. Most of the tenants don't even know that it is there, and why would they think it would be, mountain goat's aren't commonly found in stone jungles. The Goat isn't just about a goat though, sure it does give this young creature's point of view from time to time, and it does explain how it got there, but really it is about a group of people who all, metaphorically speaking, see greener pastures just beyond their reach. The most prominent character is Kid, a girl who has come with her family to babysit a dog named Cat. Her shyness makes it difficult to interact with others. She wishes that she wasn't like this, but even with her parents' encouragement, she makes little improvement. All the other characters struggle with their own variety of problems, there is: the blind author who is in a rut; the depressed man who finds his live drastically altered from a stroke; the little boy who suffers from a crippling fear of heights because of a past trauma; and more. Each gets a chance to briefly tell their tale in their own words. It is the goat that brings them together, and in a funny way, it is the goat that leads to each individuals growth. The Goat has a very unusual way of telling its story, and frankly it isn't immediately obvious what the point is. The children go off looking for a goat, would be the short summary of the plot, but that is not what the book is about. This is a character study that focuses on overcoming one's own fears and perceived limitations. Fleming never deviates from this goal, making this a short and sweet read. Some may find how the story ends with a sharp cut disappointing, but all the threads are tied up. Between its diverse cast of unusual characters, its interesting premise, and its hopeful message of empowerment, the Goat is well worth your time.

Ms_Gaye Apr 29, 2017

Is there a goat on the roof of Kid's apartment building? She's out to find out why & how that might happen, and if it's really true. This story with its odd characters is appealing and fun. Ages 9-12

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