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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin; 1 edition (May 15 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 014240862X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0142408629
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.1 x 19.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 113 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #10,646 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Nov. 19 2002
Format: Paperback
I really enjoyed Fight for Life because Laurie Halse Anderson did a great job describing the life of an emergency vet. The adrenalline rush when two litters of new-born pups are brought in and need extreme intensive care, but you are one person and can only handle one puppy at a time. The urge for help has definitely risen.
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 27 2002
Format: Paperback
This is a very exciting and interesting book. It's about an 11 year old girl that lives with her grandmother, Dr. MacKenzie or Dr. Mac, because her parents died in a car crash when she was 7. The book is about Maggie who is having trouble with her grades in school, and she is banned from the clinic until her grades go up. On top of that, since she can't do the work if she's banned, some kids from school help out at the clinic. She feels like she doesn't belong there anymore. Plus it's worse when her cousin, Zoe, who's mother is an actress comes to stay. The story is about a man who is running a puppy mill which is illegal. He sells sick, dirty puppies at the farmer's market. Maggie, her cousin, and "friends" try to stop the man from selling the pups. It's full of sad times, and good times. This is a good book if you love puppies.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 7 2002
Format: Paperback
You have to fight for your life, when you are VERY sick! Maggie and her grandmother, Dr. Mac start getting in sick puppies from a puppy mill that dont have any shots or ANY THING! Suddendly Maggie gets grounded from working at the clinic to bring her grades up! Dr. Mac lets other people work there, David, Sunata, Brenna, and her cousin Zoe! Now Maggie feels very left out, and those puppies keep coming in! Maggie feels its up to her to get that guy selling sick puppies in jail!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Jan. 12 2003
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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. They keep getting sick puppies and find the puppy mill where the puppies are coming from. It's a really good book, but kind of sad. You have to read this book if you like amimals, or even if you don't! My mom and sister even likes them a little.
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By A Customer on Dec 5 2000
Format: Paperback
I highly recommend that you read this book everyone because it is funny, realistic, and sad. Laurie Halse Anderson makes this book very realistic. She doesn't make all the puppies live, healthy, and cared for like in a fairy tale, she makes them sick, small, weak, and neglected. Also she doesn't make Maggie smart and perfect, she makes Maggie a person who hates school and who can't do well in school. Fight for Life is also very funny because one time Maggie's Grandma calls her teacher while grooming a dog. When Maggie's grandma tells the dog to sit down and not to get so worked up, the teacher thinks that she is talking to her! Fight for Life is sad because someone is abusing the dogs and not caring for them that well, which results in the puppies getting very sick and some puppies dying. This book was great and I recommend that you get it and read it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Feb. 7 2002
Format: Paperback
This book is the 1st book of a series called Wild At Heart. It is about a girl who lives with her Grandma and her Grandma is a vet. There is a puppy mill and they try to find who made it and try to heel all the sick puppies. It is a excelent book for people who like dogs.
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