Imagine a teenager possessing a psychic ability and struggling to cope with this freakish power, all the while trying to lead a normal life. Now, imagine being uprooted and forced to live in a small tourist town where nothing much ever happens. It’s bores-ville from the get-go. Welcome to Fairy Falls. Expect the unexpected…
The Fairy Falls Animal Shelter is in trouble. Money trouble. It’s up to an old calico cat named Whiskey—a shelter cat who has mastered the skill of observation—to find a new human pack leader so that their home will be saved. With the help of Nobel, the leader of the shelter dogs, the animals set out to use the ancient skill of telepathy to contact any human who bothers to listen to them. Unfortunately for fifteen-year-old Meagan Walsh, she hears them, loud and clear.
Forced to live with her Aunt Izzy in the safe and quiet town of Fairy Falls, Meagan is caught stealing and is sentenced to do community hours at the animal shelter where her aunt works. Realizing Meagan can hear her, Whiskey realizes that Meagan just might have the pack leader qualities necessary to save the
animals. Avoiding Whiskey and the rest of shelter animals becomes impossible for Meagan, so she finally gives in and promises to help them. Meagan, along with her newfound friends, Reid Robertson and Natalie Knight, discover that someone in Fairy Falls is not only out to destroy the shelter, but the animals as well. Can Meagan convince her aunt and co-workers that the animals are in danger? If she fails, then all the animals’ voices will be silenced forever.
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Sharon Ledwith’s “Lost and Found” (the first in her “Mysterious Tales from Fairy Falls” series) is a truly fun mystery for middle-grade and young adult readers (and readers of all ages, honestly). As an author, canine (and feline) massage therapist and all around general animal lover from Ontario, the story suited me to a tee, what with it’s setting in an animal shelter in a small town in northern Ontario! Meagan Walsh is both a typical rebellious teen and atypical girl with special and highly useful abilities—who wouldn’t want to be able to talk to animals! Whiskey, cat and permanent resident of the shelter, is an engaging and unusual mentor for Meagan. I love the way Sharon presents the animals’ way of thinking. The dogs are very much “dogs” and the cats…well, you get the picture. But each character has his or her own very individual, very strong personality, be they cat, dog or human. A unique way to allow animal characters to talk, a mystery that keeps you guessing and twists and turns ensure the reader simply cannot put the book down—what more could an animal-lover and avid reader want?
Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite In Lost and Found (Mysterious Tales from Fairy Falls, #1) by Sharon Ledwith, Fairy Falls Animal Shelter no longer has the financial resources to take in and provide for its animals. A fifteen-year-old calico cat named Whiskey overhears the news and decides that the animals must join forces to find a special human who can save their home. That human is Meagan Walsh, a troubled 15-year-old, sent to the shelter to do her 200 hours of community service. She is hesitant at first, but finally agrees to use her ability to communicate with animals to raise some money and save the shelter. There are, of course, dangerous obstacles that Meagan and the animals need to overcome. The plot is well-paced and has several good twists. The characterization of both humans and animals is deftly done. It is easy to relate to all of them, but my favorites are Whiskey, Meagan, Aunt Izzy, Nat, and the air-headed Louis. On the other hand, I met a cat like Shadow before and, suffice to say, it wasn’t a great experience. It’s funny how the animals in the story labeled the humans according to their traits; the bossy one, the loud one, the kind one and so forth. On a deeper level, this story reflects how we should treat all animals and is a great reminder that they deserve our empathy. On the whole, Lost and Found is packed with humor, but there are also tense, thought-provoking, and sad moments. This is a great start to the series and I enjoyed it immensely.