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Fight for Life (Vet Volunteers Series #1)
     

Fight for Life (Vet Volunteers Series #1)

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by Laurie Halse Anderson
 

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Maggie’s grandmother runs an animal clinic, Dr. Mac’s Place, so Maggie knows her way around animals who are in danger. When she learns that the abused and sick puppies flooding the clinic are from an illegal puppy mill, she knows that she has to find out who’s running it, where it is—and save the rest of the dogs!

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Maggie’s grandmother runs an animal clinic, Dr. Mac’s Place, so Maggie knows her way around animals who are in danger. When she learns that the abused and sick puppies flooding the clinic are from an illegal puppy mill, she knows that she has to find out who’s running it, where it is—and save the rest of the dogs!

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Betty Hicks
Maggie is a lot better at scrubbing the skunk smell out of dog fur than she is at doing homework. That's why Gran is worried about Maggie's grades. Maggie, however, is more upset about the sick puppies that keep appearing at her grandmother's veterinary clinic. To make matters worse, Gran employs new volunteers to take Maggie's place at the clinic in order to give her more study time. An engaging heroine, lots of dialogue, and a plot to save abused puppies make this a fast-paced story that kids will like. It also introduces five winning, but very different, young characters who must learn to work together for the good of the animals. Maggie is the protagonist of this story, but readers can look forward to the other volunteers starring in subsequent books that are set in the animal clinic, and which are part of the American Girl series, "Wild at Heart." (Gran teaches Maggie that all animals are wild at heart, then Maggie teaches Gran that kids are too)!
Children's Literature - Children's Literature
This new "American Girl" series has as its setting the Wild at Heart Animal Clinic, run by eleven-year-old Maggie's grandmother, Dr. J. J. MacKenzie. While Maggie is a whiz at the clinic, feeding and tending the animals, she struggles in school. When Gran calls in Brenna to volunteer so that Maggie can concentrate on homework, and adds volunteers Sunita and David when sick and abused puppies appear at the clinic, it is almost more than Maggie can stand. Zoe, Maggie's cousin from New York City, comes to stay for a while, and Maggie must share the clinic with all these new people. Soon, however, Maggie enlists their help to find the owner of a suspected puppy mill. Arrest of the owner follows, and Maggie's adventures earn credit for a class project. Plenty of realistic detail about caring for animals will satisfy would-be vets while the mystery and action will provide a light, satisfying read. Struggling students may emulate Maggie who finally accepts help from a tutor to fulfill her dream of becoming a veterinarian. The vet volunteers, each with distinct and interesting personalities, will soon be featured in their own books in the series. Book One of the "Wild at Heart American Girl" series. 2000, Pleasant Company Publications/Wild at Heart, Ages 7 to 11, $4.95. Reviewer: Martha Shaw—Children's Literature
School Library Journal
Gr 4-7-Maggie lives with Gran and has grown up helping in her veterinary practice at the Wild at Heart Animal Clinic. Now she is resentful that her grandmother expects her to help train some new young volunteers so that Maggie can concentrate on raising her grades. When several sick and malnourished young dogs are brought to the clinic, Maggie and the volunteers-in-training realize that there is a puppy mill nearby. They band together to gather information and develop strategies to track down the culprit and shut down the business, becoming friends in the process. Some pet-care facts from Gran's newspaper column are included after the story. Pet lovers will identify with the young characters as well as with their strong need to solve a real problem. Readers who enjoyed Betsy Duffey's "Pet Patrol" series (Viking) will be intrigued by the adventures of these youngsters.-Janie Schomberg, Leal Elementary School, Urbana, IL Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
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"A fast-paced story that kids will like."--Children's Literature
 

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101176665
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
05/10/2007
Series:
Vet Volunteers Series , #1
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
653,497
File size:
296 KB
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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"A fast-paced story that kids will like."—Children's Literature
 

Meet the Author

Laurie Halse Anderson has received both the Margaret Edwards Award and the ALAN Award for her contributions to young adult literature. She has also been honored by the National Coalition Against Censorship in recognition of her fight to combat the censoring of literature. She is the author of the groundbreaking National Book Award finalist and Printz Honor Book Speak. She is also author of the critically acclaimed YA books Prom, Twitsted, Catalyst, Wintergirls, and The Impossible Knife of Memory. She has also authored a number of middle grade titles including The Vet Volunteers series, and the historical fiction Seeds of America Trilogy, which includes Forge, ALA Best Book for Young Adults Fever 1793, and the National Book Award finalist and Scott O’Dell Award-winner Chains. She and her husband live in northern New York State. Follow Laurie on Twitter @halseanderson and visit her at madwomanintheforest.com.

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Fight for Life (Vet Volunteers Series #1) 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 86 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
if u r an animal lover and a little mystery, then this book is for you. I like the way this author writes and makes it sound so interesting in each series she has.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have always wanted to be a vetranarian and this book made me feel like I was there helping save the puppies and everything. I felt sad, excited and full of laughter in this one book! Its about this girl named Maggie who lives with her grandmother dr. MacKenzie off the side of the veteranain clinic call Wild at heart. Dr. MacKenzie is the vet there and Maggie is like her assistant. She helps her grandmother alot! Maggie wants to be a vet when she grows up but she can't keep her grades up because she is spending too much time with time with the animals not in the books! So her grandmother hired a couple volenteers some kids her age. At first Maggie was mad but then she became good friends with them! A lot of dogs came in who were abused, dhyderated, starving and awfully cared for. They all came from this same guy. Maggie wants to find that guy and his puppy mill ASAP!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful book. It teaches you to be brave.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book!!!! It was a mixture of being sad, happy and excited.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was very good.It was sad at times. It was about a girl who discovers a puppy mill. She trys to rescue all of the puppies but things are always getting in her way. This was a thrilling book. I strongly recomend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is fantastic i love it ive only read about3 vet volenteers books and in my opinion its the best!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best. Book. Ever. I was on the edge of my seat. Read it whenever I could.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ilove this book becuse it lets you express your fealings through the pages. This book is a good choise for readers that are comfortable with big words and diffrent text fetures.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was pretty good. I like how your readeding it from maggies point of veiw. It reminded me alot of the Animal Ark books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think puppies are amazing. When they are abused and mistreated I just want to help them. This book is perfect for puppy lovers like me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love animals so i love this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ihaveread this two times... love it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing book I was so in love with it I could not stop reading it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best story ever i loved it!!!!!!!!!:):) read it
Madi937 More than 1 year ago
I read it the first month it came out, and I have read it so many times, its soooooooo addicting! Anyone with a heart will love it!
Alexis Hall More than 1 year ago
This was a great book.I didnt want to put it down.It was great for me because i want to be a vet someday!
Trina Brown More than 1 year ago
Buy everone its a great book especially for animal lovers
Belinda Sands More than 1 year ago
It is one of the best books I have ever seen you should read it. You will love it if you like animals
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i love this book
Ashley Caserta More than 1 year ago
this book is great and it tells abou what really goes on in this world
Mayeaux More than 1 year ago
I recommend this book to any child who is thinking about becoming a vet or to just read it for fun.I love that it's in a series.
Guest More than 1 year ago
G-R-E-A-T! Put it all together, and that spells GREAT! This book is about Maggie MacKenzie, a girl who lives w/ her grandmother, a vet. Maggie lives at an animal hospital, with her dog & cat. Maggie hates homework, and is not close to studious (Great at studying.)As she is put on a ban from working till her grades pick up, the hospital is overcrowded with ill & poorly treated puppies. The owners try to care for them, but they are sold sick. What becomes of the puppies?
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is about how a girl needs to learn responcibility, and bring up her grades! All animal lovers will love this book!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book was the best i have ever read in my whole life!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The novel Fight for Life has an effect of making you feel compelled to fight for what you belive in or trust. The intire series has an amazing influance on you after you read each novel. This series is not only an animal series but a series that gives life lessons and helped me personaly understand life in a new way.