Spotting the Leopardby Anna Myers
H.J. Harper would do anything for his older sister, Jessie. But what can he do, when she wants to become a veterinarian and their father won't send her to college? Jessie is trapped, just like the leopard H.J. saw in the Oklahoma City Zoo. Then the leopard escapes. As it slowly makes its way toward the Harper fields, H.J. comes
A leopard is loose on Papa's land...
H.J. Harper would do anything for his older sister, Jessie. But what can he do, when she wants to become a veterinarian and their father won't send her to college? Jessie is trapped, just like the leopard H.J. saw in the Oklahoma City Zoo. Then the leopard escapes. As it slowly makes its way toward the Harper fields, H.J. comes up with an idea to save the leopard and help Jessie fulfill her dream. But will it work?
"Myers has created another bittersweet tale that celebrates average people and the courage they muster to follow their hearts."
- Kirkus Reviews
H.J., now a teenager, narrates; Jessie is finishing up high school in town; Mama holds down the homefront while Pa, lucky enough to be hired by the WPA, spends weeks away from the family he loves, earning enough for the luxuries of an extra homemade pie and marbles for Christmas. When Jessie announces that she wants to study to be a veterinarian, sparks fly between her and her father, who can't raise the tuition. The manner in which money fulfills dreams: H.J.'s Uncle Delbert, who owns a successful motel, loses everything to a con man. When a leopard escapes from a nearby zoo to their green pastures, H.J. identifies strongly with it, and tries to help the animal remain free; Lucky is shot and H.J. reels in pain. The novel ends with a zoo official's offer to help Jessie so that she can study at a nearby college. Just as readers of the first book may have suspected, neither H.J. nor Jessie will be trapped by their circumstances; love, support from parents and friends, and their own determination will lead to the fulfillment of their dreams. Myers has created another bittersweet tale that celebrates average people and the courage they muster to follow their hearts.
“Myers creates another bittersweet tale that celebrates average people and the courage they muster to follow their hearts.” Kirkus Reviews
“Those readers who loved Red-Dirt Jessie will enjoy the continued adventures and Jessie's success.” School Library Journal
- Demco Media
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- Product dimensions:
- 5.16(w) x 7.72(h) x 0.65(d)
- Age Range:
- 8 - 12 Years
Meet the Author
Author of 19 books, Anna Myers writes historical and contemporary fiction for young adult readers. Anna Myers has been honored many times for her outstanding writing. Anna Myers' novels show the human side of history by using fictional characters to tell a story of everyday people caught up in monumental events [School Library Journal]. Anna loves to talk to classroom groups.
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this book is okay because i read it but it was a little boring to me but i would still recomend this book to a friend if they are interested in these kind of books.
The book Spotting the Leopard was a good book. I think it teaches people to understand animals and help them. Spotting the Leopard was about this boy who was trying to save a run away leopard, Lucky and help his sister to go to college and become a vet. Well, things didn¿t work that well, but things still worked out. It is a really good book, and I mean it. I just love animals, especially cats. Since Leopard are in the cats family. It¿s really interesting that a boy would give up everything just to help a leopard. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves animals. I would rate this book 8 ½ from 1 to 10. I think this book would change the way a person thinks about an animal. Like, Kate thinks no one like animals, but after she read this book, she¿ll understand what a person would do to help an animal. Even though I rated 8 ½, I have some criticisms to make. First I don¿t think the situation with Uncle Delbert and Mr. Summer doesn¿t really have to do anything with the book. And another criticism I will make is that I am not that sure what time period this happened. The author could explain more about the background to give us clues about what time period it happened. Over all, I think this is a great book.