Rescue at Lake Wild

HMH. Apr. 2021. 208p. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780358334859.
Gr 3-7–Twelve-year-old Madi Lewis has a big problem. If she brings home one more stray animal, she won’t be allowed to see her idol Jane Goodall at an upcoming gala in her honor. But when Madi discovers two orphaned beaver kits, she can’t help rescuing them. Madi stashes them in a shed that only she visits until she can find a way to get them to a rehabilitation center. Madi gets her animal-whispering ability from her Nana, who used to be the only animal rehabilitator in the area. Since her death, no one has replaced her. When adult beavers start turning up dead, Madi and her best friends have a mystery to solve. Just who is trying to reduce the beaver population, and why? Can Madi find out why beavers are suddenly being hunted down, and can she do it before her parents discover the hidden kits? Animal-loving and eco-friendly readers will appreciate this story that involves both informative discussions about ecosystems and a mystery involving beaver poaching. Adventurous boat excursions and perilous ATV rides keep the action going strong. An instructive piece after the novel offers advice on how to handle a real wildlife encounter. Madi is cued as white.
VERDICT Madi is a free-spirited, admirable heroine, and readers will delight in her adventures and her quirky friendships. An enjoyable addition to animal and nature stories.

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