Manatee Blues (Vet Volunteer Series #4)

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Dr. Mac has brought Brenna, Maggie, and Zoe to Florida to visit her friend Gretchen, a marine biologist who runs a manatee rescue center that’s in desperate need of money. Brenna’s immediately drawn to the endangered, gentle giants, and wants to do whatever she can to help them—and the center. But is she causing trouble where she wants to help?

Brenna, Maggie, and Zoe go to Florida to visit a manatee rescue center, where they learn...

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Overview

Dr. Mac has brought Brenna, Maggie, and Zoe to Florida to visit her friend Gretchen, a marine biologist who runs a manatee rescue center that’s in desperate need of money. Brenna’s immediately drawn to the endangered, gentle giants, and wants to do whatever she can to help them—and the center. But is she causing trouble where she wants to help?

Brenna, Maggie, and Zoe go to Florida to visit a manatee rescue center, where they learn about these endangered marine mammals.

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Vet helpers Brenna, Maggie and Zoe accompany Dr. Mac to Florida to volunteer at the Gold Coast Rescue Center for manatees. Gretchen, head of the center, is immediately called into action to save Violet, a manatee that was mangled by the blades of a powerboat. Violet's future is uncertain, as is the Rescue Center's, where money is short. While on a dinner cruise, they spot Key Lime, a baby manatee without a mother, tangled in some ropes. When Gretchen jumps in to save Key Lime, impetuous Brenna does the same¾ignoring Dr. Mac's orders to return to the boat. Key Lime is saved, but Brenna is in the doghouse. Gretchen doesn't get the bank loan she needs to keep the center open. However, Brenna's straightforward approach with a local speedboat enthusiast and baseball star brings not only monetary support, but also the much-needed media attention and marketing expertise for the center. Number four in the American Girl "Wild at Heart" Series, each book features one of a group of young friends as a vet volunteer. This book easily combines adventure with scientific facts about these endangered marine mammals and should appeal to and help educate young animal lovers. 2000, Pleasant Company,
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780142410844
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 2/28/2008
  • Series: Vet Volunteers Series , #4
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 211,288
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 630L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.16 (w) x 7.77 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Meet the Author

Laurie Halse Anderson

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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  • Posted August 16, 2010

    Love this book.

    Dear reader,
    I am a ten year old girl. Once I layed my eyes on this book, I could not take them off. This book is about a girl who loves animals especially manatees. Every chance she gets, she will asist a manatee. When she discovers the animal shelter in Florida had to close down, she will do anything in her will to stop it. I think this book encourages youngsters to always help any animal in danger. I highly recommend this book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2013

    Manates

    This book rocks that is all i can say

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2012

    Great for young animal lovers

    My almost 9-year old read one of the Vet Volunteers series and it inspired her to volunteer at our local cat shelter. Manatee Blues was her second book in the series. She read it in record time. Although the characters in the books are middle school students, the books appear to be aimed at an 8-10 year old reading level.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2013

    Recomended

    This book has everything you can find in a book.feeling similies surprises facts good word choices

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2013

    Read this...NOW!!!

    Why are there so many question marks (?) in the overview???

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2008

    I love manatees more than everybody

    Manatee Blues is the best manatee book i ever read. I study manatees. when i grow up i want to be a marie something, but it needs to have manatees in it. CAN YOU WRITE MORE BOOKS ON MANATEES.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2003

    Manatee Blues: a really cool story!!!!!

    I loved this book! It's awesome, plus educational. I read a good story, and I also learned a lot! It's a great story that shows that if you believe in your dream and work to make it happen, it will become a reality.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2002

    Arshey's review

    If you like animals this is your number one choice! It is packed with surprises. I would highly recomend this book. It shows that you can do anything, if you just tried.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2002

    JJ's Review

    I really liked this book. It wasn't as good as Fight For Life, but I am sure that any animal lovers will go 'wild' for this book. It truly shows that even young adults can make a difference in saving the lives of animals.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2001

    Jennifer Balla's Review

    Like Fight for Life and Homeless, Breena cares about the Manatees. She made a diffrence in the world like Maggie did. I can't keep my hands off this book!!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2000

    If you love manatees, you'll love this story!

    It's as if they wrote this book with my daughter in mind. She's 12 and wants to be a marine biologist and is fascinated with manatees. When she read this book she was so moved by it she said she couldn't wait to become a marine biologist and help the manatees. Everyone tells her that she'll change her mind about her career choice when she gets older, but I don't think so after reading this book. Hats off to the author!

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