Special Delivery! (Animal Rescue Team Series #2)

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Keisha and her family are just sitting down to Saturday-morning breakfast when the phone rings. Uh-oh! There seems to be a skunk at the community garden, and it's dug a hole under the shed. At the same time, Mr. Sanders can't deliver the mail to a certain house: crows keep dive-bombing him when he gets near the mailbox. Time for the Animal Rescue Team to spring into action! This time they've got two mysteries to solve: What could crows have against mail delivery? And what really dug that hole at the community ...

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Keisha and her family are just sitting down to Saturday-morning breakfast when the phone rings. Uh-oh! There seems to be a skunk at the community garden, and it's dug a hole under the shed. At the same time, Mr. Sanders can't deliver the mail to a certain house: crows keep dive-bombing him when he gets near the mailbox. Time for the Animal Rescue Team to spring into action! This time they've got two mysteries to solve: What could crows have against mail delivery? And what really dug that hole at the community garden—as Mama knows, it's too big to have been dug by a skunk. Once again, it'll take the whole team, along with help from some new friends, to sort out what, and who, is creating all this mayhem around town.
 
Sue Stauffacher turns to her first series effort with Animal Rescue Team. With compelling plots based on actual events in her community, Sue has created a lovable cast of characters of boys and girls, kids and adults, who feel like people you'd meet at your neighborhood block party. Written in an accessible and engaging style meant to appeal to independent readers looking to be excited and entertained, and with subplots about friendship, siblings, the environment, and animal conservation, along with plenty of humor, these will be a hit with teachers and librarians, and parents, as well as kids themselves.

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Gr 4–6—These stories detail the exploits of 10-year-old Keisha Carter's family as wildlife rehabilitators in Michigan. In the first title, they rescue a wandering alligator from the city pool. The creature gets lost one more time, and a frantic search ensues before it is finally transported to an alligator sanctuary. In Special Delivery, they rescue a wayward skunk, a baby crow, and an injured dog. Though the cast of animal characters is different in each book, certain themes persist. Readers will learn that it is important to treat wildlife appropriately and that each animal is different in terms of how one should interact with it. Another mainstay is the abundance of cozy, safe family moments, and the fact that each scenario draws to a realistic—yet gentle—conclusion. Cheerful cartoon illustrations highlight the overall snug and secure feeling. The books don't necessarily challenge readers emotionally, but they are solid nonetheless and will find an audience with animal lovers and those who enjoy mellow realistic fiction.—Amy Holland, Hamlin Public Library, Rochester, NY
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"Situational comedy, appealing spot art, and a personable protagonist will give this series broad appeal"- Booklist

"a promising new series for middle-grade readers."-The Horn Book Magazine 

"Grand Rapids resident Sue Stauffacher knows her audience. She gets that young readers love animals, adventure and lots of action. She gets that parents and teachers are looking for stories that broaden children’s understanding of family and the world. All those things come together on Stauffacher’s new Animal Rescue Team series."-The Grand Rapids Press

"An excellent family or classroom readaloud, and kids (and adults) who join the Carter team will eagerly await their next adventure."-The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

Children's Literature - Amanda Ledbetter
Keisha Carter and her family have a very special job. As Carters' Urban Rescue, they help the citizens of Grand River learn more about the animals in their area and help the animals with relocations when needed. In this second book of the "Animal Rescue Team" series, ten-year-old Keisha and her family have two cases to handle. First, they must deal with a murder of angry crows that swoops down at anyone who draws near to Mrs. Sampson's mailbox. Their second task is to investigate a foul smell at the community garden that makes residents suspect a skunk. The characters in this story are realistic and represent the multicultural societies found in many modern urban areas. Keisha's family is an example of cultural diversity as her father is of Swedish ancestry while her mother has Nigerian roots, and Keisha's friends include Caucasian, Hispanic, African-American, and Asian children. Lamont's illustrations help readers identify with these characters in their personalities, actions, and ethnicity or in the case of the animals, breed. This book also promotes its message of acceptance as it teaches the need for humans to learn more about our world and how to live at peace with nature. Stauffacher also includes fact files on both crows and skunks so readers can learn more about these animals from the story. Reviewer: Amanda Ledbetter
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375958489
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 7/13/2010
  • Series: Animal Rescue Team Series, #2
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 176
  • Age range: 8 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Sue Stauffacher lives with her husband and sons in a 150+-year-old farmhouse in the city of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Over the years, possums, bats, raccoons, mice, squirrels, crows, ducks, woodchucks, chipmunks, voles, skunks, bunnies, and a whole bunch of other critters have lived on the property. Though Sue is not a rehabilitator herself, she is passionate about helping kids know what to do when the wild meets the child.

A longtime advocate for literacy, Sue speaks around the country, connecting kids with books to help grow lifelong readers. She is a former book reviewer, and her novels for young readers include Harry Sue, Donutheart, and Donuthead. To learn more about Sue and her books, visit her on the Web at www.suestauffacher.com.

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