Sunday, July 20, 2008
Jackie's Wild Seattle by Will Hobbs
If you like wild animals you will probably like this book a lot. Jackie's Wild Seattle is the name of an animal rescue shelter near Seattle, Washington, and in this book Shannon and Cody spend the summer there with their Uncle Neal, who loves to rescue endangered animals. There are lots of animal rescues (like a coyote in an elevator and a seal at the bottom of a cliff) as well as other things going on in their lives that complicate things for Shannon. She's worried about her parents who are working at a refugee camp in Afghanistan, she's worried about Uncle Neal who secretly is very ill, and she is curious about the angry, withdrawn boy who is doing community service at the animal shelter. I thought some of the animal rescues were a little bit unbelievable, but this book is a good choice for younger middle school kids who like action and animals. It might make you want to go volunteer at the Animal Humane Society!