Search and Rescue

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When a young woman goes missing on a nature trail, small-town journalist Claire Abbott is first on the scene, as usual. The clues to the woman’s whereabouts are misleading, but Claire has a sixth sense--what the fire chief calls a “radar for crime.” Trusting her intuition, Claire insists that the search and rescue team look elsewhere for clues to the woman’s disappearance. When they fail to follow up on her lead, she pursues it on her own, embarking on a snowy chase up a mountainside that puts herself and others ...
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Overview

When a young woman goes missing on a nature trail, small-town journalist Claire Abbott is first on the scene, as usual. The clues to the woman’s whereabouts are misleading, but Claire has a sixth sense--what the fire chief calls a “radar for crime.” Trusting her intuition, Claire insists that the search and rescue team look elsewhere for clues to the woman’s disappearance. When they fail to follow up on her lead, she pursues it on her own, embarking on a snowy chase up a mountainside that puts herself and others in danger. She’s more than just a journalist chasing a story. Claire is determined to do the right thing at any cost.

Search and Rescue is the first novel in a series of mysteries featuring journalist and sleuth Claire Abbott.

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Editorial Reviews

Don Graves
"Black forests, snowy weather and a growing sense of dread stir the pot of fear and tension to a deadly twister resulting in drastic action, last second rescue and several red faces among the town’s male protectors of the peace. A sleuth with an edge launches Claire Abbott into a new series. I’ve got a hunch she’ll grow on you."
LibraryThing Early Reviewers Anne P.
"[A] gripping quick read.”
VOYA, October 2014 (Vol. 37, No. 4) - Debbie Wenk
This title in the Rapid Reads series is a mystery. In Search And Rescue, Claire Abbott is a reporter for a small-town newspaper who has a sixth sense about missing persons. When a teen girl goes missing, Claire “sees” where she is being held but has difficulty convincing the police. So she sets out on her own to rescue the girl and puts herself in danger. This title pulls the reader in immediately. There is little character development, but the plot is interesting enough to be compelling from the start. The combination of a decent mystery, likable protagonists, and a smidge of romance will be appealing to teen readers, even though the characters are adults. Lots of dialogue helps to maintain the rapid pacing and make this series a winner for reluctant readers and ESL students alike. (Rapid Reads) Reviewer: Debbie Wenk; Ages 12 to 18.
VOYA, October 2014 (Vol. 37, No. 4) - Sarah Phillips
The Rapid Reads series consist of short stories that catch readers’ interest within the first chapter. The action begins on page one and continues until the last. Though the books are not filled with thick vocabulary, in-depth descriptions, or intricate plot lines, the stories are no less enjoyable. Their lightweight manner allows readers to quickly get absorbed into the story and read the whole book in one sitting. Rapid Reads books are ideal for those who do not have the time or attention span to read full-length novels. Virtually every reader will love a Rapid Reads book. (Rapid Reads) Reviewer: Sarah Phillips, Teen Reviewer; Ages 12 to 18.
Library Journal
09/01/2014
Small-town reporter Claire Abbott is first on the scene when a young person goes missing on a nature trail. Our intrepid journalist has a nose for crime, and she's convinced that Amber Miller has been kidnapped by her ex-boyfriend. But search manager Matt Holden is uninterested in Claire's intuition. Because no one believes her, Claire must investigate on her own. VERDICT This series debut by best-selling Canadian author Anderson-Dargatz (The Recipe for Bees) is an exciting, fast-paced read with plenty of suspense, perfect for a reluctant teen reader or an adult literacy student.
School Library Journal
09/01/2014
Gr 8 Up—Claire is a 20-something young woman with a nose for news. Her incredible instincts have helped her to become a successful reporter, oftentimes arriving for a scoop before the police. On her way to a dinner date, she senses a major story and is sidetracked. A young girl named Amber has gone missing in the woods. When Claire arrives at the search-and-rescue headquarters, she has a psychic vision of where Amber has been taken. When the squad refuses her help based on "visions," Claire must do whatever it takes to make sure that Amber gets home safe. She is a relatable character, and her psychic ability grows at just the right pace for a short series opener. For new adult readers who prefer hi-lo books and reluctant or struggling teen readers.—Patrick Tierney, Dr. Martin Luther King Elementary School RI
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781459805767
  • Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/1/2014
  • Pages: 102
  • Sales rank: 964,756
  • Lexile: HL410L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 4.70 (w) x 7.10 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Gail Anderson-Dargatz is a bestselling author. A Recipe for Bees and The Cure for Death by Lightning were finalists for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. She also teaches other authors how to write fiction. Gail lives in the Shuswap region of British Columbia, the landscape found in so much of her writing. For more information, visit gailanderson-dargatz.ca.

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