Everyone knows that twelve-year-old Madison “Madi” Lewis is not allowed to bring home any more animals. After she’s saved hairless mice, two birds, a rabbit, and a stray tom cat that ended up destroying the front porch, Madi’s parents decide that if they find one more stray animal in the house, she won’t be allowed to meet Jane Goodall at an upcoming gala event.
But when Madi and her two best friends, Aaron and Jack, rescue beaver kits whose mother was killed, they find themselves at the center of a local conspiracy that’s putting the beavers and their habitats in danger. As Madi and her friends race to uncover the threat targeting the beavers, Madi must put her animal whisperer skills to the test in both raising the orphaned beaver kits and staying out of trouble long enough.
MY TAKE: I can sympathize with Madi and her animal whispering ways. At about the same age I found a duckling alone on the street. No other ducks in sight. Next thing you know “Sydney” was in my bedroom closet happily exploring the tray of water. Took Mom about a half day to discover what I’d done. Beaver kits though are a much bigger challenge.
Madi narrates the tale and the journey along with her two friends is an enjoyable one to follow. The thirty chapters are short and the 208 pages move along at a quick pace. Readers will learn about the habitats and behaviors of beavers. When adults don’t seem to understand or care about the town’s poaching problem, these three kids stand up for the beavers and investigate who is behind the atrocious act.
Animal lovers rejoice. The story combined with Madi’s desire to be like Jane Goodall will win over many readers.
FIVE MORE THINGS TO LIKE ABOUT:
1. You’ll long for summer and all the adventures that unfold. Children with goals can do some pretty amazing things.
2. Madi has both parents but they are so busy they don’t have time to find out what she’s up to. A common reality many 12-year-olds will find familiar.
3. The connection Madi had with her late grandmother was the only nudge she needed to follow in her footsteps. A passion often begins with the adults in your life.
4. Don’t miss the after story description of “The Dos Of Rescuing Wildlife.” Great tips and cautions.
5. Be sure to visit the author’s web site where you’ll find downloadable activities and an image of the beautiful full art work of the cover.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Terry Lynn Johnson writes middle grade adventures based on her experiences living in the wilds of northern Ontario, Canada. She might have fallen through ice a time or two, been dragged by a dog team, blown up a wood stove, been attacked by a sloth (slowly), accidentally sprayed a crowd with muskrat glands, and chased a bear with a chainsaw. She owned eighteen sled dogs, and currently works as a Conservation Officer for the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry.
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