Homeless (Vet Volunteer Series #2)

Homeless (Vet Volunteer Series #2)

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by Laurie Halse Anderson
     
 

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Sunita has always wanted a cat, but her parents are dead set against it. Then she finds a group of strays living in the wild, and knows she can domesticate them—even though she’s been told that these are feral cats, who see humans as their enemies. First, she convinces Dr. Mac to examine the cats, fix them, and give them shots. Then she wants to

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Sunita has always wanted a cat, but her parents are dead set against it. Then she finds a group of strays living in the wild, and knows she can domesticate them—even though she’s been told that these are feral cats, who see humans as their enemies. First, she convinces Dr. Mac to examine the cats, fix them, and give them shots. Then she wants to re-release the cats, now healthy, into the neighborhood. The problem is, the neighbors consider the cats dangerous pests. Will Sunita's plan backfire?

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Infused with emotion and information. (Children's Literature)
Children's Literature - Children's Literature
One of the "American Girl" series, Homeless is narrated by Sunita Patel, daughter of two Indian doctors in Pennsylvania. Sunita is part of a group of five sixth-graders who volunteer at the Wild at Heart Veterinary Clinic. Sunita wants a cat more than anything but her mother is adamantly opposed to cats as pets. The vet's cat Socrates makes Sunita his favorite volunteer but gets in a fight with a pregnant stray and runs after her. The kids follow, to discover in the woods near the railroad an abandoned boxcar where about 30 stray, wild, and feral cats live. (These terms and many more are all explained.) But there is no Socrates. Author Anderson, winner of last year's National Book Award for her YA novel Speak, here successfully meets the challenge of writing a series story with a didactic purpose by infusing it with emotion and information. There's action enough, too, to satisfy even middle-graders addicted to TV's bludgeoning violence, but through it all author Anderson keep the focus where it belongs, on Sunita's feelings. 2000, Pleasant Company Publications, Ages 8 to 12, $4.95. Reviewer: Nancy Tilly—Children's Literature
School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-In contrast to the powerful and affecting YA novel Speak (Farrar, 1999), Anderson's entry in this animal-centered series reads like vapid, formulaic fiction. Sunita is one of a group of student volunteers at the Wild at Heart animal clinic. She has a special relationship with Socrates, the clinic cat, and badly wants a feline of her own. Her parents, of course, are dead set against it, and her chances seem even bleaker after a rabies scare and the discovery of a community of dangerous feral cats. Predictably, Sunita does eventually get her pet, but not before readers have slogged through a veritable primer on feline care and animal control. This story will likely satisfy only the most avid fans of animal fiction.-Ronni Krasnow, formerly at Arlington County Public Library, VA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780142408636
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
05/10/2007
Series:
Vet Volunteers Series , #2
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
201,492
Product dimensions:
5.06(w) x 7.69(h) x 0.44(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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Infused with emotion and information. (Children's Literature)

Meet the Author

Laurie Halse Anderson has received both the Margaret Edwards Award and the ALAN Award for her contributions to young adult literature. She has also been honored by the National Coalition Against Censorship in recognition of her fight to combat the censoring of literature. She is the author of the groundbreaking National Book Award finalist and Printz Honor Book Speak. She is also author of the critically acclaimed YA books Prom, Twitsted, Catalyst, Wintergirls, and The Impossible Knife of Memory. She has also authored a number of middle grade titles including The Vet Volunteers series, and the historical fiction Seeds of America Trilogy, which includes Forge, ALA Best Book for Young Adults Fever 1793, and the National Book Award finalist and Scott O’Dell Award-winner Chains. She and her husband live in northern New York State. Follow Laurie on Twitter @halseanderson and visit her at madwomanintheforest.com.

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Homeless (Vet Volunteer Series #2) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This series is so heartfelt and relatable. A buch of kids working hard for what they love. Very touching.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was not going to get the book but when l saw all the awesome reviews i had to and when i got it, i could not stop reading it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book in only five days because I couldn't put it down! I felt as if Sunita wasn't just a person in a book, but a real friend who loved animals just like me. I wished I had read this book earlier, when I got bitten by a riled up puppy on my arm and he wouldn't let go of my sweatshirt even if I shook him, just like Sunita when Tiger bit her. I read this book years later. If you have suffered from animal bites or are a cat lover, or both, read this book. Who knew a pregnant cat and a missing pet could make such a good book?
reAA More than 1 year ago
This is a touching book, and I love animals so this was a book for me. I read it and at the end I started to cry tears of joy to find every thing was sort of alright. If I were you, I would buy the series. : SYNOPSIS : Sunita has a cat but her cat runs away.What will happen when she goes after her cat? What will she discover? If you want to find out you'll have to read the book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this book! Reading is my favorite hobby, so when I saw this book I just had to get it! It is now my favorite book ever! I would really recommend this book! This book is great for kids who love to read adventure stories. I felt like I was really there. If you read just a few pages you will get totally absorbed in this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is heartwarming. I was always filled with emotions reading this book. If you are a cat lover, like me, this is the book for you. A rating out of 10, I would give it a 10. Enjoy reading!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! It touched my heart at how Sunita cared for cats and how much she loved them.I thought this was a great book and you should read it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the first book, Fight for Life, and I loved Homeless just the same. Great for people who truly love cats, or just for those who love an excellent book! This was a GREAT READ!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think that all girls betwen the age of 9-14 should read especialy if you like animals
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a huge animal person so i luv this series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Adorable book! Read it!
Aubrey Figoras More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put it down... anyone who loves cats needs to read it
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful book for anyone that wants a pet or loves cats. Or even someone that just loves animals. I recommend it to any dedicated Wild at Heart fan or animal lover.
Guest More than 1 year ago
These books are incredible.They will need to buy the whole series, Like I did.I highly recomend the whole series! (Especially Manatee Blues, since manatees are my favorite animals!)
Guest More than 1 year ago
Like Fight for Life, Homeless is a great book. I love the way Suntia cared about all those cats by the railroad tracks. I also love the way she cared about finding Socrates. I can't keep my hands off it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yo this book is amazing it will leave u star gazing its incridebul not nonbareabull u can read it while u cook or on ur nook this is the rapping king who likes to sing its the cats meow now goodbye now
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i love this book
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