The second book in the ResQ series comes on the heels of the initial story, ResQ and the Baby Orangutan. The theme in both books is rescuing endangered species.
I started with the second book and had no trouble catching up with the main characters. Eleven year Wheaton is an engineering/inventor genius and is already in grad school. His cousin Stowe is twelve and has a passion for the environment. Together they work for the ResQ organization traveling to far away locations when the need arises.
There are several cool inventions sure to capture the attention of young readers as will learning about the Takhi, a Mongolian wild horse. The story moves along at a steady pace and I especially enjoyed Stowe’s journal entries that occur every few chapters. A wealth of information is contained in each—focusing on the environment, geography, and the species they are trying to save. Grandmother Ariella is along for the ride and is not very successful at keeping her grandchildren in one place. These two kids love to explore.
Here’s the Official Synopsis:
A harem of takhi—Mongolian wild horses—has wandered out of a national park and into danger. Engineering boy genius Wheaton and his naturalist cousin Stowe shuttle to Mongolia on this second mission for ResQ, their organization to save endangered animals. Against wolves and weather, by helicopter and on horseback, and helped by their new Mongolian friend Sarnai, they struggle to guide the lost horses back into the park before winter sets in.
Science and animal lovers have a unique adventure to enjoy and one that will get many thinking about their own future career. ResQ Takes on the Takai released this past June and hopefully we’ll see more adventures in the future.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Eva J. Pell is a plant pathologist who studied the effects of pollution on plant growth. She has served as Senior Vice President for Research at Penn State University and Under Secretary for Science at the Smithsonian.
(For more about Eva and her books be sure to check out her author website)
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