Shelter Pet Squad #1: Jelly Bean

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In this charming illustrated chapter book series by Newbery Honor author Cynthia Lord, the Shelter Pet Squad kids find the perfect homes for animals in need!

Suzannah's always wanted a pet of her own, but she lives in an apartment where there are absolutely no pets allowed. What she CAN do is volunteer at a local pet shelter. There, although she's the youngest, Suzannah quickly finds herself making friends with the kids and bonding with the ...

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In this charming illustrated chapter book series by Newbery Honor author Cynthia Lord, the Shelter Pet Squad kids find the perfect homes for animals in need!

Suzannah's always wanted a pet of her own, but she lives in an apartment where there are absolutely no pets allowed. What she CAN do is volunteer at a local pet shelter. There, although she's the youngest, Suzannah quickly finds herself making friends with the kids and bonding with the animals. She makes toys and treats for the animals. She feeds the cats and plays with the puppies!

Then a girl just her age brings a guinea pig named Jelly Bean to the shelter. Suzannah promises that she'll find the little creature the perfect home. But what if no one wants an abandoned guinea pig?

Newbery Honor author Cynthia Lord has created a fun and heartwarming chapter books series.

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Editorial Reviews

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Praise for RULES

A Newbery Honor book, Schneider Family Book Award, ALA Notable

"Catherine is an endearing narrator who tells her story with both humor and heartbreak. . . . A lovely, warm read, and a great discussion starter." -- SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL

Praise for TOUCH BLUE

*"A thoughtful first-person narration . . . [Tess's] sense of humor keeps things light." -- THE HORN BOOK, starred review

"Lord interlaces themes of loss, luck, superstition, family, and belonging . . . in this stirring novel." -- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

"Realistic characters, humor, and a charming setting make this a great choice for collections of all sizes." -- KIRKUS REVIEW

School Library Journal
09/01/2014
Gr 1–3—Second-grader Suzannah longs for a pet of her own, but her building doesn't allow animals. She hesitantly joins the Shelter Pet Squad, a group of animal-loving kids who make treats and toys for the dogs, cats, and other animals at the local shelter. Suzannah adores helping out, and she and the other kids quickly become friends. When a family brings in a guinea pig, Jelly Bean, that they have to give up, Suzannah makes it her personal mission to find him a home. She manages to rescue him from becoming snake food, and with the help of the entire Shelter Pet Squad, Jelly Bean ends up with the perfect owner. Suzannah never gets a pet, but this heartwarming early chapter book reminds readers that good friends and the chance to make a positive difference are often closer than they may believe. Upbeat and relatable, this promises to be the start to a series that will win over young animal enthusiasts. Occasional black-and-white illustrations break up the text, and back matter includes instructions for making simple pet toys.—Amanda Struckmeyer, Middleton Public Library, Madison, WI
Kirkus Reviews
2014-06-29
Although second-grader Suzannah loves pets, she can't have one in her apartment, so the new Shelter Pet Squad sounds like the perfect alternative.Second- to sixth-graders visit the shelter every Saturday to do nice things for the pets. With a careful eye toward realism, Lord has the shelter staff keep a believable distance between many of the animals and the children. The Squad creates clever treats for the dogs and cats and provides other simple services. Suzannah feels an abiding need to make sure that Jelly Bean, a guinea pig new to the shelter, finds a good home, adding a small level of tension to the narrative. The group participates in helping her make that happen by writing a letter to the teachers at their school. Text is widely spaced, and chapters are brief. McGuire's realistic half- and full-page black-and-white illustrations of wide-eyed children and winsome pets nicely capture the generally upbeat mood. Advice on how to provide assistance to animal shelters—things children can readily accomplish—as well as instructions for the crafts in the book, information about guinea pigs (with the suggestion to visit the library for more information) and a pledge for honorary Pet Squad members are all included as backmatter.Pet lovers will enjoy this brief, quietly attractive series opener. (Fiction. 6-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545635974
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/26/2014
  • Series: Shelter Pet Squad Series , #1
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 118,566
  • Age range: 6 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author


Cynthia Lord is the award-winning author of RULES, a Newbery Honor and Schneider Family Book Award winner, as well as the critically acclaimed HALF A CHANCE and TOUCH BLUE. She made her picture book debut with HOT ROD HAMSTER, which won several awards including the Parents' Choice Award, and followed it with the beloved sequel HAPPY BIRTHDAY, HAMSTER. She lives in Maine with her family. Visit her at www.cynthialord.com.
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    I am a second grade teacher in Massachusetts.  My students LOVE

    I am a second grade teacher in Massachusetts.  My students LOVE this book!  They can't wait for another one in this series to come out! Nancy Landfield Grade two teacher

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