Friday, March 30, 2012

Animal Rescue Team:Show Time by Sue Stauffacher

Keisha Carter is a fifth grade girl who is so getting nervous about her upcoming jump rope competition she can’t focus when she practices. Then another problem comes up. Keisha and her family run an animal rescue called Carters’ Urban Rescue. A lady calls them from Mt. Mercy College petitioning them for help with a squirrel problem. The squirrels on campus are damaging the roofs of buildings and obtaining access to the staff offices. While at the college investing the squirrel predicament, Keisha meets Sarge, an Army officer from the wounded veterans’ hospital on campus. Sarge is re-learning how to walk, this time with a prosthetic leg. He got his artificial limb following his leg amputation after being the victim of an IED (improvised explosive device) outside of Kabul. Keisha hopes Sarge’s story and friendship will help her with her jump roping, but she still can’t perfect her routine. Will she overcome her nervousness in time for the competition? How will she solve the squirrel dilemma?

Opinion: This book was written for 9 and 10 year olds, but it was a good read even for me, a 13 year old. I enjoyed the length of the book, which 147 pages even though it was only ten chapters. I was pleased to find that in the back the author included some facts about squirrels and her experiences with them. Though geared towards 10 year olds, I recommend this book for 9 to 13 year olds or anyone who enjoys jumping rope and/or squirrels.


Rating (0 - 10 scale): 10
Reviewer Age: 13
Reviewer City, State and Country: Annandale, Virginia USA