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Rescued
     

Rescued

by Caroline McKinley
 

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Sixteen-year old Casey Riley has witnessed Cindy Bender's strong-arm tactics from a distance. But after Casey's best friend falls victim to the bully's jealousy, Casey has had it. With the help of a pet king snake, she attempts to stop the venomous reign of ballistic Bender for good.

It backfires and Casey is sentenced to community service at the

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Sixteen-year old Casey Riley has witnessed Cindy Bender's strong-arm tactics from a distance. But after Casey's best friend falls victim to the bully's jealousy, Casey has had it. With the help of a pet king snake, she attempts to stop the venomous reign of ballistic Bender for good.

It backfires and Casey is sentenced to community service at the local animal shelter.

Why a king snake, you ask?

"Well, they are immune to the poison from other snakes. They are also constrictors and strangle their prey such as a rattlesnake or a cottonmouth, then swallow them whole. Which is why you should never hurt a king snake. It’s a good snake that gets rid of the dangerous ones. So when Ron told me about George, the neighborhood serpent that was sunning himself behind a lawn chair outside the shelter, I thought he’d be the perfect teacher for Queen Cindy. Okay, I didn’t intend to have her strangled and eaten whole, but I did like the metaphor."

Not only must she forfeit her dream role of Rizzo in the summer musical Grease, but also misses the chance of playing alongside a really cute Kenickie, “who even rarer, kind of liked me.”

This is not how her summer was supposed to turn out.

Or, is it?

Casey discovers that anger, for those on two legs and four, often comes from a place where only the strength of love can heal. Does Casey have enough strength to make a difference?

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Kirkus Reviews
2016-10-24
A teenager, sentenced to volunteer at an animal shelter, discovers her calling in this debut YA novel. Casey Riley, 16, was excited about rehearsing her role as Rizzo for a summer production of Grease, but instead she's been ordered to volunteer at an animal shelter by Juvenile Court. This is punishment for Casey's revenge against Cindy Bender, a mean, rich girl who sabotaged Casey's friend's audition. "My emotions always seem to mess me up somehow," confesses Casey. Or, as her father puts it: "You've always had a temper and stood up for those who need help." Ron Parrisi, a kind boy with a lopsided grin, is in the musical; an animal lover, he's also working over the summer at the shelter, and he and Casey become friends. Casey gets involved in caring for the dogs, discovering she has a talent for helping neglected or mistreated ones. She also understands more fully how stress over money affects the shelter, her own family, and even seemingly secure families like Cindy's, as she comes to know the girl better. After weathering a dramatic incident in which she's injured protecting a dog, Casey writes about the ripple effects of compassion, and begins to think her true calling is as a veterinarian. Though McKinley mentions animal neglect and abuse in her novel, she avoids anything that would be too upsetting for animal fans, focusing instead on rescue and rehabilitation. These scenes also contribute to characterization, showing Casey and her family at their best. Things work out a little too easily, for example with a convenient philanthropist for the shelter, but the tale remains thoughtful about money and society. Casey confronts the usual teenage problems, but she also conveys her deep caring for animals. And it's good to see a YA novel where the heroine is more concerned about her vocation than about attracting a boyfriend. She and Ron like each other, but she's not desperate for him, and that's OK for now—a balanced perspective for a girl whose emotions can overtake her. A nicely handled coming-of-age story, ideal for dog lovers.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781681601748
Publisher:
Crimson Cloak Publishing
Publication date:
07/31/2016
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.99(h) x 0.41(d)

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