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ANIMAL RESCUE TEAM by Sue Stauffacher

ANIMAL RESCUE TEAM

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By Sue Stauffacher

Age Range: 7 - 10

Pub Date: July 13th, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-375-85848-2
Publisher: Knopf

Ten-year-old Keisha Carter and her family’s nonprofit organization, Carter’s Urban Rescue, return to save more wild animals trapped in Grand River City, Mich. This time, neighbor and mail carrier Mr. Sanders alerts them to dive-bombing crows around Mrs. Sampson’s mailbox—what could be in there? CUR also gets a call about a possible skunk at the community garden, but it doesn’t smell exactly skunky; while there, they rescue an injured and abandoned dog. All this on top of fashion- and youth-conscious Grandma’s date with Big Bob from the Humane Society and preciously precocious six-year-old Razi joining 4H Wild 4-Ever. Stauffacher’s second in the series is more scrubbed-clean, predictable animal huggery. It’s a temporally transplanted ’50s sitcom multiculture-fied for the 21st century. With the introduction of Jorge, Keisha’s Animal Rescue Team is only an Indian short of a mini-U.N. Still, animal lovers in the happy-with-chapters age group will enjoy this unto the skunk and crow facts in the aftermatter. Lamont’s spot black-and-white watercolors are again an appealing addition. (Fiction. 7-10)