ANIMAL RESCUE TEAM

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Ten-year-old Keisha Carter and her family’s nonprofit organization, Carter’s Urban Rescue, return to save more wild animals trapped in Grand River City, Mich. This time, neighbor and mail carrier Mr. Sanders alerts them to dive-bombing crows around Mrs. Sampson’s mailbox—what could be in there? CUR also gets a call about a possible skunk at the community garden, but it doesn’t smell exactly skunky; while there, they rescue an injured and abandoned dog. All this on top of fashion- and youth-conscious Grandma’s date with Big Bob from the Humane Society and preciously precocious six-year-old Razi joining 4H Wild 4-Ever. Stauffacher’s second in the series is more scrubbed-clean, predictable animal huggery. It’s a temporally transplanted ’50s sitcom multiculture-fied for the 21st century. With the introduction of Jorge, Keisha’s Animal Rescue Team is only an Indian short of a mini-U.N. Still, animal lovers in the happy-with-chapters age group will enjoy this unto the skunk and crow facts in the aftermatter. Lamont’s spot black-and-white watercolors are again an appealing addition. (Fiction. 7-10)

Pub Date: July 13, 2010

ISBN: 978-0-375-85848-2

Page Count: 176

Publisher: Knopf

Review Posted Online: June 3, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 1, 2010

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THE LEMONADE WAR

From the Lemonade War series , Vol. 1

Told from the point of view of two warring siblings, this could have been an engaging first chapter book. Unfortunately, the length makes it less likely to appeal to the intended audience. Jessie and Evan are usually good friends as well as sister and brother. But the news that bright Jessie will be skipping a grade to join Evan’s fourth-grade class creates tension. Evan believes himself to be less than clever; Jessie’s emotional maturity doesn’t quite measure up to her intelligence. Rivalry and misunderstandings grow as the two compete to earn the most money in the waning days of summer. The plot rolls along smoothly and readers will be able to both follow the action and feel superior to both main characters as their motivations and misconceptions are clearly displayed. Indeed, a bit more subtlety in characterization might have strengthened the book’s appeal. The final resolution is not entirely believable, but the emphasis on cooperation and understanding is clear. Earnest and potentially successful, but just misses the mark. (Fiction. 8-10)

Pub Date: April 23, 2007

ISBN: 0-618-75043-6

Page Count: 192

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1, 2007

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A plucky mouse finds her true home in this warm, winning tale.

A TRUE HOME

From the Heartwood Hotel series , Vol. 1

An orphan mouse unexpectedly arrives at Heartwood Hotel, which she hopes will become the home she’s seeking.

Mona’s never had a home for long. After a storm forces her to flee her latest forest shelter, she discovers an enormous tree with a heart carved into its trunk. When Mona presses the heart, a door opens, and she enters the lobby of Heartwood Hotel, where small forest critters hibernate, eat, and celebrate in safety. The kindhearted badger proprietor, Mr. Heartwood, takes pity on homeless Mona, allowing her to stay for the fall to assist the maid, Tilly, a red squirrel. Grateful to be at Heartwood, Mona strives to prove herself despite Tilly’s unfriendly attitude. Mona’s clever approaches with a wounded songbird, an anxious skunk, and a wayward bear win Mr. Heartwood’s approval. But when Mona accidentally breaks a rule, Tilly convinces her she will be fired. As Mona secretly leaves Heartwood, she discovers marauding wolves planning to crash Heartwood’s Snow Festival and devises a daring plan to save the place she regards as home. Charming anthropomorphic characters, humorous mishaps, and outside threats add to the drama. Delicate pencil illustrations reinforce Heartwood’s cozy home theme. A sequel, The Greatest Gift, publishes simultaneously.

A plucky mouse finds her true home in this warm, winning tale. (Animal fantasy. 7-10)

Pub Date: July 4, 2017

ISBN: 978-1-4847-3161-1

Page Count: 176

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Review Posted Online: April 17, 2017

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 2017

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