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Brian McGrory has been a writer and an editor for the Boston Globe since 1989 and received both the prestigious Scripps Howard and Sigma Delta Chi awards. It is not the kind of man you would expect an animal story from. Buddy is far from a love story though. You see, Brian hated the bird, so much he wanted to get rid of him on every occasion he got. He just couldn't stand that his family was going all mellow over the bird: they made him birthday cake, kept him in the sofa for a television show, built him a tree house, and generally were the rooster's slave. Turned out though that the rooster could teach him a few lessons - about becoming a leader, being happy with what you got and doing all that you can to be with one family. It sounds mellow, but it isn't. McGrory tackles Buddy with humor, intelligence and honesty. The result is a touching story that will make you laugh, cry and think all at once.