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 re-release… See more details below

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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. but the neighbors consider the cats dangerous pests. will her plan backfire?

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

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ISBN-13:
9781101176672
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
05/10/2007
Series:
Vet Volunteers Series , #2
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
371,891
File size:
0 MB
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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