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Jackie's Wild Seattle

Jackie's Wild Seattle

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by Will Hobbs

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Heart-stopping adventure on the
wild side of Seattle!

How do you rescue a coyote trapped in the elevator of a downtown office building? How do you save an injured seal at the bottom of a cliff with the tide coming in? Fourteen-year-old Shannon and her younger brother, Cody, are about to find out as they spend a summer of breathless, sometimes


Heart-stopping adventure on the
wild side of Seattle!

How do you rescue a coyote trapped in the elevator of a downtown office building? How do you save an injured seal at the bottom of a cliff with the tide coming in? Fourteen-year-old Shannon and her younger brother, Cody, are about to find out as they spend a summer of breathless, sometimes reckless, often hilarious adventure visiting their uncle Neal at a wildlife center called Jackie's Wild Seattle.

When Uncle Neal is injured, it's up to Shannon, Cody, and Sage, the rescue dog, to keep the circle of healing unbroken.

Editorial Reviews

To quote from the review of the hardcover in KLIATT, March 2003: There is a Web site for SarveyWildlife.org—the organization that inspired Hobbs to create this fictional story of a brother and sister's experiences one summer in Seattle rescuing wildlife—everything from baby mice to owls and hawks, bears, possums, raccoons and any other creature in difficulty. To tie the story closer to reality, the parents are doctors volunteering in Afghanistan refugee camps for Doctors Without Borders, so everyone in the family is engaged in rescue work of one kind or another. Shannon is an extremely capable 14-year-old, and her brother Cody is only seven. Both children have been traumatized by the events of 9/11 because they live across the Hudson River from lower Manhattan; Cody actually witnessed the attacks so he is especially fearful. Shannon and Cody go off each day with their Uncle Neal in his old van, answering calls about wildlife throughout the Seattle area; after Uncle Neal is injured by a hawk, Shannon takes over much of his job with amazing courage. One especially dramatic rescue is of an injured baby seal trapped in a narrow beach with the tide coming in quickly: Shannon uses her rock climbing skills to go down the cliff and bring the seal up the cliff on her back. There is a secondary plot revolving around Tyler, a troubled teenager who is doing community service work at the wildlife center—this is required by the juvenile court after Tyler is caught torturing a dog. Within the story is a wider discussion of why people should care about wildlife. Having some experience myself with wildlife rehabilitation, I was a bit nervous about the omission of any mention of rabies. Itmay be that in the Northwest where this story takes place, rabies isn't a problem, but YA readers should know that in the regions of the country where rabies is present in wildlife, they shouldn't touch animals without being vaccinated. Also, most rehabilitation centers would have worries about liability and not allow young children (like Cody) to handle wild animals. All in all, this is a story that many YA readers, especially those who love animals, will really enjoy. The story has enough excitement in it to satisfy even the most reluctant reader. KLIATT Codes: J—Recommended for junior high school students. 2003, HarperTrophy, 200p., Ages 12 to 15.
—Claire Rosser
Fourteen-year-old Shannon Young describes herself and her seven-year-old brother, Cody, as "adaptable," a trait soon necessary during their summer vacation. When their physician parents are asked to serve in troubled Pakistan, the siblings hurriedly leave Weehawken for Seattle and their Uncle Neal. Adaptability begins at the airport. Neal, an aeronautical engineer, now volunteers for Jackie's Wild Seattle, a center that rescues and cares for injured wild animals. He has abandoned his beloved outdoor sports and beach apartment to live at the center. Shannon and Cody assist with the center's array of recuperating animals and accompany Neal on rescues, some gruesome with animal abuse present. After Neal is hurt rescuing a hawk, Shannon and Cody conduct dangerous retrievals to maintain the floundering center. Meanwhile, Shannon's tenacity uncovers the hidden reason for Cody's gnawing trauma over witnessing the September 11 attacks, and why Tyler, a teen convicted of animal abuse and court-ordered to volunteer at the center, really committed his crime. Neal's discovered cancer also explains much, with additional burdens appearing when the elder Youngs' e-mails stall. Summer ends with Neal's cancer disappearing, the center thriving, Cody and Tyler healing, and the Youngs' safe return. Although these combined events are not particularly realistic and require contrived situations-Neal's injury enables the siblings to participate in the rescues; Tyler and Cody's profound problems ease considerably after conversing with Shannon-this book is for younger readers who probably will not mind such stretches and will enjoy its intrigue, adventure, and happy conclusions. VOYA CODES: 3Q 4P M (Readablewithout serious defects; Broad general YA appeal; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8). 2003, HarperCollins, 192p, Hazlett
Children's Literature
Girls finally get a Will Hobbs' adventure story of their own in this contemporary novel. Fourteen-year-old Shannon and her little brother, Cody, move to Seattle to live with their Uncle Neal for the summer. Neal works as a full-time volunteer for Jackie's Wild Seattle, an organization that rescues and rehabilitates wild animals found in urban areas. Shannon isn't at all happy to be away from Connecticut at first, but after making the rescue rounds with her uncle, she soon becomes his valuable assistant. Shannon goes on some daring missions, including a rock climbing trip down a cliff to rescue a seal and into the federal courthouse elevator to save a frightened coyote. Romance enters the plot, too, when Shannon befriends Tyler, a would-be juvenile delinquent doing community service at Jackie's animal shelter. Meanwhile, Shannon's and Cody's physician-parents are in Pakistan with Doctors without Borders, Uncle Neal is trying to hide his cancer from his family, and Cody suffers recurring nightmares, taking him back to witnessing the attack on the World Trade Center on September 11. Although the dialogue seems stilted and unnatural, the action-packed plot will keep readers going. Younger boy readers will enjoy it, too, as they identify with Cody. This novel is rich for discussion in class or a book group. Issues include how humans and animals can co-exist, what it means to give someone (animal or human) a second chance, and what it means to have courage. 2003, HarperCollins,
— Linda Johns
In another of Will Hobbs's engaging adventures, 14-year-old Shannon and her younger brother Cody spend summertime with their uncle Neal in Seattle while their parents travel with Doctors Without Borders. Neal drives an ambulance as a volunteer for an animal rescue center, called Jackie's Wild Seattle. When Neal gets hurt rescuing a hawk, Shannon begins to rescue animals on her own; Although rescue attempts are sometimes unsuccessful, Shannon's experiences will help readers understand life and death and the relationship between animals and human beings. Romantic interests and family relationships are also of interest in this book. All readers can enjoy this story, not just young outdoor fans. Readers will see, hear, taste, and even smell along with the characters. The scenes rescuing animals are exciting since these are so realistic and depicted in detail, the likely reason being that that the author often writes based on real events and has a lot of experiences with wildlife. 2003, Harper Collins Publishers, 197 pp., Ages young adult.
—Naomi Yamakawa
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-This exciting, poignant, and beautifully developed story covers a crucial few weeks for several people whose lives intertwine to change and benefit all. Shannon Young, 14, and her younger brother, Cody, traumatized by witnessing the events of 9/11, arrive in Seattle to spend the summer with their uncle while their physician parents travel to Pakistan with Doctors Without Borders. Uncle Neal is living and volunteering at Jackie's Wild Seattle, a wildlife rescue and rehab center where Tyler, an abused teen, is "doing time" for torturing a dog. Neal has not told the children that he has cancer, but Shannon overhears a conversation and finds out. When he injures his hand and is unable to perform rescues, Shannon and Cody-under his tutelage-take over with thrilling results. Tyler slowly breaks out of his shell, Cody begins to overcome his fixation with disasters, and Neal finds meaning and hope in his life through a badly injured bald eagle and a rescue dog. Seen through Shannon's increasingly maturing and observant eyes, the fabric of these characters, human and animal, is woven tightly with crisp, realistic dialogue in a remarkable story of adventure and redemption. Based on a real wildlife center and the experiences of some of its denizens, this story will reach deep into the hearts of young readers.-Mary R. Hofmann, Rivera Middle School, Merced, CA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
An unsubtle but absorbing story about animal rehabilitation, the state of the world, fear, achievement, and trust. When 14-year-old Shannon and her little brother Cody are sent to visit Uncle Neal for the summer, they have no idea that they'll end up speeding around the greater Seattle area in an animal ambulance, rescuing various raccoons, beavers, bear cubs, and birds of prey that have been injured or orphaned. Adventure begins when Uncle Neal is injured by a hawk and Shannon takes over the rescues, wrestling a bear cub down from the rafters of a shed, rappelling down a cliff to rescue a seal, and talking a coyote out of an elevator in a downtown building. Cody loves the animals but continues to dream about the September 11 terrorist attacks, which he witnessed in person from a cliff in New Jersey. His subsequent obsession with disasters of all kinds exists alongside Shannon's fear for her parents, who have gone to Pakistan and Afghanistan to help refugees, and for Uncle Neal, whom she learns has been concealing an illness. Meanwhile, Tyler, a 15-year-old boy working at the wildlife refuge, is afraid of his violent father-just as Neal has fears about Tyler himself, who previously abused animals. Messages about the precariousness of safety and life are not subtle, but the narrative takes on no more than it can handle; animals are front and center, politics are straightforward if simple, and characters are likable. A slight awkwardness regarding race is unfortunate. Seattle-specific details ensure special fans among Seattle readers as well as among wild animal enthusiasts. (author's note) (Fiction. 9-12)

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Meet the Author

Will Hobbs is the award-winning author of nineteen novels, including Far North, Crossing the Wire, and Take Me to the River.

Never Say Die began with the author's eleven-day raft trip in 2003 down the Firth River on the north slope of Canada's Yukon Territory. Ever since, Will has been closely following what scientists and Native hunters are reporting about climate change in the Arctic. When the first grolar bear turned up in the Canadian Arctic, he began to imagine one in a story set on the Firth River.

A graduate of Stanford University, Will lives with his wife, Jean, in Durango, Colorado.

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Jackie's Wild Seattle 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Dale Navish More than 1 year ago
an overall gerat book. at first i felt so bad for cody at first then he met chucky. i got this book the day i met him and the next day i finish. i loved this book. i am also reading crosing hte wire amd go big or go home. a great book
Guest More than 1 year ago
I would like to recommend the book Jackie¿s Wild Seattle. This book is a very interesting realistic fiction book by Will Hobbs. This beautiful setting takes place in Seattle in the mountains. This book is about a 14 year old girl named Shannon and her brother Cody who have to spend the summer with their uncle Neal. Their uncle volunteers at a place called Jackie¿s Wild Seattle. Their parents are doctors who are in Pakistan for the summer. At Jackie¿s Wild Seattle Neal, Shannon, Cody, and Sage the rescue dog help save animals but when Neal hurts himself it is up to Shannon to continue the journey of saving wild animals. On this journey Shannon meets a lot of friends but not just animals a boy named Tyler who is about Shannon¿s age the reason that he is there is that he abused an animal and the court decided to put him in Jackie¿s Wild Seattle because Jackie (the person who owns the place) doesn¿t just save animals she also helps people too. Shannon has a big adventure here! One of my favorite scences was when Shannon had to rescue a coyote from an elevator. When Shannon got to the scene where hundreds of people were she got advice her from her uncle Neal which was to first talk to the animal and let it know that you can save its life. I think Shannon had a lot of bravery to do this she actually got the coyote out. After they saved the coyote they saw it had no bad conditions so they let it free. This is just one of the wonderful journeys Shannon had to take that summer. One of the men who were watching this scene went over to Jackie¿s Wild Seattle and gave them a huge check! I think people who do great things like that should be rewarded. This scene really showed me that more people should be making it a better place! From reading this story I have learned that instead watching T.V in the summer more kids like me should be saving our world and the living things in it. The most things I liked what the author did in this story is that he expressed a lot of feelings in a lot of scenes. If I could change anything about this book it would be either a sequel or more to go on because this book was so suspenseful it is a great book and I loved it! If I had to read this book over again I would because is so wonderful! I would recommend this book to anyone who likes animals, and realistic books! I hope who is ever going to read this book will have fun with it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I would like to recommend the book Jackie¿s Wild Seattle by Will Hobbs. If you like animal stories this is a book for you. I would recommend this book because it is interesting and very well-written. It takes place in the Seattle, WA area in 2002. It is realistic fiction. 197 total pages are in the book. It is a sequence of events and not 1 main plot. The characters Shannon and her younger brother Cody are on vacation in Seattle with their uncle Neal, while their parents are off in Pakistan. They discover more and more about their strange uncle as they follow him on the rescue trips. When Shannon and Cody first arrived at the clinic there was also this strange boy around¿. Shannon is a girl 14 years old who is brave and caring. Her little brother Cody is interested in disasters and saw the Twin Towers collapse. Their uncle Neal is also very caring, and he is committed 'maybe a little too much' to his rescuing job. My favorite part was when they were rescuing the coyote out of the elevator. A lot of news people are there, and a whole crowd of people, among them a Native American Chief. I like this part because it shows Shannon¿s braveness when she has to go into the elevator to rescue the coyote. It also shows some important things that affect ¿Jackie¿s Wild Seattle¿ the rescue center. I would definitely give this book a 4 star rating, because it is really well written, it caught my attention, and I liked the setting, and events. I would not give it a 5 star because it was not perfect, and I¿ve read better books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great book! Once I started I could not stop! This book is reccomended to those people who like stories about animals rescues.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a good book for kids who like animal rescues. My age range for kids would be 9 and older. This book was really fasinating to me because a girl named shannon and her brother cody go visit their uncle neal in seattle because their parents go on a trip. Also i like this book so much that i was up all night reading it and asleep almost the whole day. That is why I recomend this book to kids that like books about animal rescues
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I would recommend the book Jackie¿s Wild Seattle by Will Hobbs. The setting takes place in Seattle, Washington. This book would fall under the realistic fiction category. Jackie's wild Seattle has a total of 197 pages, and is an easy read. The main characters are Shannon a 14-year-old girl, Cody Shannon¿s younger brother, Neal Shannon and Cody¿s uncle, Jackie the owner of an emergency animal hospital and Tyler a boy who has to serve community service for breaking a dog¿s back and then drowning it. While Shannon and Cody are in Seattle with their uncle they haven¿t seen in a while, Shannon and Cody¿s parents are in Afghanistan as doctors for the war refugees. Their uncle goes to rescue animals every morning very early. When Cody and Shannon go with him to rescue an eagle stuck in a net, Neal gets cut by an eagle talon on his thumb. He can¿t work for a while, because his thumb is holding on only by a bit. So Shannon and Cody have to step in, and help Jackie. Later Shannon finds out that Uncle Neal has cancer, that someone could make it through or they could die from. Is he going to be alright she asks to her self? One of my favorite scenes is toward the end when Shannon and Cody are back home and exchanging E-mails with the hospital. Shannon and Cody tell how everything is at home and ask if they can ever come back to the animal hospital. They also ask if they will ever see the Wild Seattle Committee again, If so, when? I like this part because it shows that the hospital still cares about Shannon and Cody and not just blow them off after they leave to the other side of the country. The reason I would recommend this is because It¿s not like all the other animal books where a person just take care of an animal and the story is over. This book actually tells about the characters and how they feel about the animals and what¿s going on in their life. Overall this is a great book, and totally worth reading!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jackie¿s wild Seattle book review The book I am reviewing is Jackie¿s wild Seattle by Will Hobbs. The setting of this book is in Seattle at a wildlife center. There is 197 pages in this book but it is definitely worth reading. The three main characters in this book are named Cody, Shannon, and Neal. Cody is Shannon¿s younger brother. He loves animals so much that every time he sees one die he cries and wonders why they had to die. Shannon is a 14 year old girl wich is brave, loving and always goes out of her way to help her friends family and the animals. Neal is an older man but not to old to be a person that saves animals for his every day life or to be a nice loving uncle to Shannon and Cody. In this book there is one main thing the characters always do, witch is save animals lives each and every day. Shannon and Cody¿s parents have gone to Pakistan and Afghanistan to help out people in need of shelter and food. While they are gone there son and daughter are staying with the mother¿s brother Neal. While they are there they will find out things they would of never though would happen to there uncle. The kids and uncle Neel have to go for long rids in an ambulance and find animals from all over town. I recommend this book to animal lovers that can take lots of action.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A heart-breaking tale about wildlife. I personally loved it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought it was crazy. Why anyone would want to read this is beyond me.