Fight for Life #1 Paperback – May 10 2007
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Gr. 4^-6, younger for reading aloud. This first volume of the Wild at Heart series, a spin-off of the popular American Girl stories, features 11-year-old Maggie, who has been raised by her grandmother since her parents were killed in a car accident. Gran is a veterinarian who owns the Wild at Heart Animal Clinic, where Maggie is a volunteer. The plot centers on a crisis involving 10 sick puppies brought to Gran's clinic. Maggie suspects that they all came from the same place--a puppy mill. With the help of other teen volunteers at the clinic, she sets out to find the person who's behind the mill and shut it down. Maggie's first-person narrative describes the veterinary procedures in simple language and builds suspense in the key adventure scenes. But it is Maggie's portrayal of her grandmother as a feisty, capable vet that will stick in readers' minds. The other teen volunteers introduced in this story each get a turn to shine in upcoming books in the series. Lauren Peterson
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"A fast-paced story that kids will like."--Children's Literature
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The best part of this book is extended over about four chapters. Maddie is in the care of her grandmother who is also an emergency vet. Maddie is instructed to help whenever she is needed, but is put on 'house-probation' until her school grades are brought back up. A group of school fiends have come to help them when two boxes of puppies, all from the same litter, are brought in malnourished and dehydrated. Maddie is informed that the puppies are from a 'puppy mill'. 'Puppy mill' is a slang term for a place where a person, usually a farmer, breeds dogs fore the least amount of money in care and under terrible living conditions. Now Maddie and her friends are on a mission: find the farmer. And there is NOTHING to stop her.
The most vivid scene described in this book was the resolution when the cops arrested the mill owner and the kids ventured into the mill to see the animals. It was easy to picture the dirty cages, dry water bowls, and tiny,cramped spaces. The most used setting in the book was the emergency vet office. All of the cluttered rooms stacked high in papers. This book was the most intense book I have ever read.
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This book is really cool, expecially if you like animals and I love animals! It tells about how Maggi, Sunita, David, Brenna, and her cuz Zoe help out at the vet clinic with Gran. Read morePublished on Jan. 12 2003
I absolutely LOVE any Wild at Heart Books, and I can never put them down. I would strongly suggest that you buy this book for you, friend, or a family member. Read morePublished on Sept. 9 2001 by Cassie
This book was about a girl who's grandmother is a vet. Ten sick puppies come in needing help.The people who got them got them all at the same place. Read morePublished on June 15 2001
This is a great book for dog lovers. Maggie works at a pet office and she is banded for it do to her school work. She knows that the puppy mill must be stopped. Read morePublished on Feb. 6 2001 by Alex
This book was both interesting and exciting. When you read this book, you will think of all the dogs that came from puppy mills. Read morePublished on Nov. 26 2000
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