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The Rescue (Dog Whisperer Series)

The Rescue (Dog Whisperer Series)

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by Nicholas Edwards, Ellen Emerson White

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An adopted girl, an abandoned dog -- together, can they save lives?

12-year old Emily has dreams of drowning. Night after night, she's being sucked under -- until the third night. She realizes it's not just a dream. It's really happening to someone -- or something. On the rocky shore outside her house, Emily finds a large dog. He's barely alive, but she's


An adopted girl, an abandoned dog -- together, can they save lives?

12-year old Emily has dreams of drowning. Night after night, she's being sucked under -- until the third night. She realizes it's not just a dream. It's really happening to someone -- or something. On the rocky shore outside her house, Emily finds a large dog. He's barely alive, but she's determined to save him. She can feel his pain—and his determination to live. The dog is brought to the vet. And with Emily's help, he starts to improve.

But is the bond between the girl and her dog something more? She can see what he sees, feel what he feels. And Zack seems to be able to read her mind, too. Is it possible that together, Emily and Zack can do more than read each other's minds? Can they turn their powers to helping other people?

Part adventure, part animal story, Dog Whisperer: The Rescue explorers the connection one orphan can feel for another.

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Dog Whisperer Series , #1
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7.62(w) x 5.20(h) x 0.58(d)
900L (what's this?)
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8 - 12 Years

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Dog Whisperer: The Rescue

Emily was drowning. It was very cold, and dark, and--where was she? The water was choppy, and deep, and seemed to be swirling around her. She tried to swim, but the current was too strong. Then, a huge wave came rushing towards her, and she felt herself being sucked under.
She fought her way back to the surface, gasping and choking and fighting for air. Okay, okay, she shouldn't panic. It would only make things worse, if she panicked. Even though she couldn't breathe, or think, or--the water was salty. Very salty. Ocean water. She was somewhere in the ocean!
She tried to yell for help, just as another wave washed over her, and she gulped a mouthful of seawater, instead. It tasted awful, and she coughed as hard as she could, trying to spit it out. The surf was so rough that it was hard to stay afloat, and she paddled frantically, trying to keep her head above water. She knew how to swim--she was sure she knewhow to swim--but, for some reason, she couldn't seem to remember any of the things she had been taught. So, she just thrashed around wildly, hoping to find a rock, or a buoy, or anything she could reach out and grab.
How had she gotten here? Had they been out on a sailboat? Or one of her mother's kayaks? Her parents never let her go in the ocean by herself, even in the daytime! There was no moon, and she couldn't see any lights, so she must be way far out. Alone. In the middle of the ocean. The thought of that was so scary that she screamed for help, but only managed to choke on more water. She gasped and coughed until she could breathe again, paddling frantically the entire time.
"Mom!" she shouted. "Dad! Where are you?"
But, the only thing she could hear was the pounding of the waves, and the only thing she could see was the pitch-black night.
She was going to drown. Right here, right now. Her arms and legs were getting weaker, and she knew she was going to drown. She was so tired--and scared--that she wanted to give up and let herself go under, but she decided to call for them one more time and see if they could save her before she--
"Emily," a voice was saying.
Her mother's voice. She wasn't alone! Emily twisted around in the water, trying to find her. There was too much water in her lungs for her to be able to speak, and she coughed violently, her whole body convulsing with the effort.
"Emily," her mother said, sounding gentle. "Emily, wake up."
Her mother was a really good swimmer, so they would be safe. Her mother would figure out some way to--"Where's the boat?" Emily gasped.
"Wake up, Emily," her mother said. "Everything's okay."
Emily looked around, trying to locate her in the dark water--but, it wasn't dark. And, suddenly, they weren't in the water. They were in her room, with the light on. Her mother was sitting on the edge of the bed, looking worried, and her cat, Josephine, was staring at her from on top of the dresser. Now, her father was coming into the bedroom, too, looking sleepy and confused--and very nearsighted as he fumbled to put on his glasses.
"What happened?" he asked. "What's wrong?"
"Nothing," her mother said calmly. "Emily just had a bad dream. Everything's okay now."
Her father frowned. "Another? Were you drowning again?"
Emily still felt scared and trembly, but she definitely was in her room, safe indoors. Not in the ocean. Not lost. Not alone. And, most important, she wasn't about to drown. She checked her t-shirt, which felt dry, so she must not have been anywhere near the water, even though the dream had seemed completely real. Incredibly real. "I-I think so," she said, and coughed some more, because her lungs still felt--weird. Congested.
Her father frowned again. "Three nights in a row?"
The nightmare had been a little bit different each time, but yeah, she had been having bad dreams for several days, and almost all of them were about drowning. "Is it weird to have it more than once?" she asked uneasily.
Her mother shook her head. "No, of course not. You're probably just overtired from the game."
Emily was still trying to wake up, so she wasn't sure what that meant, but then she remembered. She and her father had driven down to Portland to watch the Sea Dogs play, and the game had gone into extra innings, so they had gotten home much later than they had planned. Her father hated exercise--of all kinds, but he loved to watchsports. Her mother, on the other hand, was surprisingly athletic--but, did not enjoy being a spectator.
"And, you know, we ate quite a lot," her father said thoughtfully.
That was for sure. Her father had had a hot dog, a lobster roll, and a fish sandwich, and she'd gotten popcorn, cotton candy, some fried dough, a huge soda, and two Sea Dog Biscuits--which were ice cream sandwiches made of vanilla ice cream and chocolate chip cookies. On top of that, their team had lost, after the bullpen gave up a whole bunch of runs in the twelfth inning, which had made her feel kind of sick. Then, when they turned on the car radio on the way back home, they found out that the Red Sox had lost, too--which was always upsetting news, for people who lived in New England.
But, at least they had gotten bobbleheads.
"Maybe you had the nightmare because of the bullpen," her father said, and shuddered a little. "I know I had trouble falling asleep."
Emily's mother laughed. "Go back to bed, Theo, okay?"
While her father gave her a hug good-night,her mother went out to the bathroom and came back with a wet washcloth. She sat back down on the edge of the bed and used the towel to sponge off Emily's face.
Cool washcloths were her mother's cure for all illnesses. "I don't think I have a fever, Mom," Emily said, although she coughed experimentally, just to make sure she wasn't sick.
Her mother shrugged. "Well, just in case."
Josephine, who was a small, round tiger cat, landed noisily on the bed. When she was younger, Emily's father had read her a poem about fog--and they had lots of fog in Maine--coming in on "little cat feet." That might be true, but Josephine had always been really, really loud. She walked loudly, ate loudly, and purred loudly. When Emily had pointed this out to her father, he had frowned for a minute, and then said, "Well, that just makes her the exception to prove the rule."
Anyway, Josephine sat down on the quilt, yawned a big yawn, and then began to wash her own face very delicately.
"I think she wants you to do it for her," Emily said.
Her mother shrugged. "Okay," she said, andwiped the washcloth lightly across the top of Josephine's head.
Josephine reacted with an expression of complete cat horror, and leaped back onto the dresser to safety. That was pretty funny, and normally, Emily would have laughed, but she still felt--strange. Confused. A little bit dizzy.
"Do you think you're going to have any trouble getting back to sleep?" her mother asked.
Emily looked over at the clock, and saw that it was almost three in the morning. She knew she should be tired, but she wasn't. If anything, she felt sort of jumpy and nervous. Tense. Alert. Wide awake. "I don't know," she said nervously. "I'm not sure. I feel weird."
Her mother reached down to touch her forehead with the back of her hand. "Well, you don't seem to be warm."
No, she felt cold. Really cold. And scared, and lost, and alone--even though she was right here, at home, with her parents, and her cat, in her own bedroom. But she was still more scared than she had ever been in her whole life.
"Are you all right?" her mother asked.
Could she have a nightmare while she was stillawake? Because it seemed that way. She suddenly felt like she wasn't even inside of herself--and it was really, really scary.
"What's wrong?" her mother asked, looking at her attentively.
Emily shook her head. "I don't know," she said, hearing her voice shake. "I think there's something wrong with me."
Something bad!
DOG WHISPERER. Copyright © 2009 by Nicholas Edwards.

Meet the Author

Nicholas Edwards is the author of the phenomenally successful Santa Paws series of books, and the pseudonym of Ellen Emerson White. Consisting of six novels and one picture book (beginning with Santa Paws in 1991 and continuing through to Santa Paws and the New Puppy in 2004), the series sold close to a million copies in the school and library market.

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The Rescue (Dog Whisperer Series) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
JTomCooper More than 1 year ago
Emily lives in New England with her adoptive parents, who teach at a local college. She has been with them since her adoption right after her birth. She is part black and part white and lives right next to the ocean. One night she experiences a dream about drowning, and then has the same dream for the next two nights. She awakens with the compulsion to go down to the shore and finds a large dog washed up on the rocky ground. He has been injured and has a fractured leg and lacerations. Her father takes him to the vet and they are both told that he has little chance of living, but he does recover with good nursing care and a lot of love to help him. There seems to be a telepathic bond between Emily and Zack (his new name). Mrs. Griswold is a widow who lives down the road and she seems to have a bad reputation. Zack lets Emily know that she is actually lonely and in need of a friend. She takes a chance and goes up to Mrs. Griswold's home and is surprised when she is actually pleasant. Everything seems to be going smoothly until Zack's actual owners show up and want the dog back. They are not very nice people and Emily got the impression through Zack that they had neglected him. There is a conflict between the two men and Zack's vet and Emily and it all straightens out and Emily now can keep Zack. I have a feeling that this telepathic bond between the two will figure greatly in the rest of the series of books due out in the near future. The book is targeting the adolescent and preadolescent reading segment, but adults will enjoy it as I did.
sk8rgirlz More than 1 year ago
This book is like the best book ever especialy if you love... animals,thriller,a little sad, and some adventure. This girl Emily dreams about someone or something drowning in the water by her house. One night she woke up and went outside and found the poor dog drowing she saves it and names it Zack (short for Zachary.) will she keep the dog or give it to its rightful owner? will he get better or...DIE! find out by reading this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book almost made me cry at some parts! Its really good and i think anyone should get it. Its good for girls or boys and i cant wait to read the other books!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I <3 this book.... its sweet and tells a story that dogs are secretly your bff ;)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book when i was 5 at barnes and nobles & so 8 years later i found this on my nook. And i just read this again on my nook this time and now after reading it 8 years later i relized how muchi loved reading this 8 years ago!!!!!!!! Kids of all ages who love to read would love this book!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I got this book from my friend and she said that i should read it because i love books about animals, ones i was done reading it i almost cried from sadness amd happieness all i can say animal lover or not YOU will love this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing what fun it isbto read this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I cried during this book!!! I told my mom and she said that means the author is spectaculor enough to describe the setting they make you feel like you are the main character.... this author definately has a gift.. please write mpre books!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just love these series, i have read the second book,and it was just and amazing story. I realy hope i get to get this one, the second book was a haert warming story that made me cry, and it also broke my heart that the two have that strong of a relationship. I sorry i have to go.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very exiting book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So cool
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is so amazing. It is also kind of sad. But that is wht makes it such a wonderful book. I recomend this to animal lovers or obviously dog lovers, LIKE ME!!! <3 it! Bye, or should i sat buy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing it couldnt of ben writen better
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This book was amazing. It made me cry. It was so sad and happy at the same time, sappy i guess. Amazing story. A #1 must read for all dog lovers. I dont want to spoil anything so please read this book and all of the other dog whisperer books in this series. If you dont know what the other books are they are called the ghost and storm warning. PLZ READ THEM PPL. If i could i would rate this book as 10,000,000,000 stars. It is one of my #1 favorite books in the whole entire universe. The author of this book has a magic touch. His stories are wonderful and hard to put down. I cannot say how much i love these books.
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Best book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Please tell me if he dies i wont read it pleas tell me
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A shout out to the author keep doing your magic! I read this book last year and wanted to come back to see more of what the author has to offer. I would recommend thhis book to any animal lovers out there. Happy Reading!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I dont know if i should read this it looks interesting though please tell me if i should read this love L
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Love this series. Great book. Love it. Still not as good as Wonder by Palicio