Manatee Blues (Vet Volunteer Series #4)

Manatee Blues (Vet Volunteer Series #4)

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by Laurie Halse Anderson
     
 

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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?  See more details below

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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?

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Children's Literature
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,

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780142410844
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
02/28/2008
Series:
Vet Volunteers Series, #4
Pages:
144
Sales rank:
134,004
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.73(h) x 0.38(d)
Lexile:
630L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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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