n 20th century Tsarist Russia, aristocrats raise wolf cubs as pets. Wolves are at heart wild creatures and when their true nature comes out they must be sent away for it is considered bad luck to kill a wolf. Feo and her mother are wolf wilders; they retrain the creatures to survive in the forests. When a sadistic general demands that they kill the wolves including the three who have bonded with Feo, they refuse. General Rakov takes the mother, Marina prisoner and burns down their house. Feo and her wolves escape and travel through the icy woods determined to free her mother. In evocative prose, the author evokes the courage and fierceness of the girl and her wolves. Help comes from villagers who have been brutalized by Rakov and Feo realizes she is not alone..."The moments in which the world turns suddenly kind can feel like a punctured lung." The children of the village become her army as they march to St Petersburg to stage a revolution and free Marina. The climax will have you cheering!
Nandu who was raised by wild dogs in the jungle of Nepal, by a twist of fate finds himself at the King’s elephant stable. His “parents” are the wise stable head, Subba-Sahib, and an affectionate elephant Devi Kali. Although he is only twelve, Nandu becomes the most skilled elephant handler. When the government threatens to close the stable, he searches for a way to save his community and his family. To accomplish this he must find a great tusker; a bull elephant must be bought and lead back to the stable. This pays homage to The Jungle book, another coming of age tale where adventure, animals, family and bravery lead to wisdom.
The king has been missing for three months. Trouble is brewing and the king's trusted advisers are scheming villains. When Princess Scarlett discovers their evil plot, she decides to lead a rescue party to find her father. But the only men she can find to help are the infamous tricksters the Walrus and the Carpenter. Will the young queen, two con artists, and her baby brother Rusty be able to survive mad pirates, evil assassins, and a dreaded snark to save the king?
These comics are just plain fun. The nonsense world of Lewis Carroll is expanded in a most delightful way by Langridge. He clearly had as much fun writing and illustrating the comics as I did reading them and it shows in the humorous details and creative panel layouts. You'll get more of the jokes if you have a knowledge of Lewis Carroll, but even if you don't there's still plenty to entertain here. I'd give it to fans of nonsense and humor.
JD comes back from Juvie with only a week left before school starts. He has a lot to do before then: make up with his girlfriend, avoid revealing where he spent the summer, and above all else make sure that no one ever finds out why he was arrested. He's had a lot of time to plan what he's going to do, but there was one thing he wasn't expecting. While he was gone his mom adopted a dog. Not just any dog either, but a big Rottweiler with a past as shady as JD's. His mom called the dog Jon-Jon, but JD knows the perfect name for him: Johnny Rotten.
I love dog stories and I enjoyed watching JD and Johnny learn to trust each other and struggle to make things right after their past mistakes. Still, this isn’t your typical heart-warming dog story. JD and his friends aren't exactly model citizens and the tone of the story is true to Johnny's punk rock name.
Have you ever been on a road trip that seemed like it would never end? Imagine if instead of a car you were in a boat lost in the middle of the ocean with supplies running low and only a bear who is probably lost and possibly completely crazy for company. 'I spy' gets boring pretty quickly when the only things to see are the sea and the sky. Through monster attacks and ghost ships, things look pretty bad for the boy and the bear. But despite it all they keep sailing.
The title describes the book well. The novel starts with the boy boarding a boat with a bear for a captain and that's the way things stay. The loveable but incompetent bear is charming and the illustrations are delightful. The completely absurd situation they are in makes it hard not to laugh even when things are looking grim.
Skilley is a cat with a big secret and Pip is a mouse with a hidden talent. When they meet under the roof of the Cheshire Cheese Inn, they form an unlikely friendship. But they're not the only strange characters with close-guarded secrets there. The intrigue at this inn is hilarious, entertaining, and inspiring. Don't let this one squeak by--let the cat out of the book and dive in to the cheesy goodness!
This is a funny story about the unlikely friendship between a word-loving mouse and a cheese-loving cat. The puns and word-play make it fun to read and the illustrations throughout are excellent. I'd give this fans of A Tale of Despereaux or Charlotte's Web.
The Cheshire Cheese Cat: A Dickens of a Tale by Carmen Agra Deedy
Fun-loving Bird and paranoid Squirrel don't get along at first. Then Bird injures his wing and accidentally destroys Squirrel's hoard of nuts. When faced with the possibility of starving to death or migrating south with Bird, Squirrel chooses the road trip. When they get to know each other a little better...they really get on each others' nerves. Now they're on the road and they have no food, no place to sleep, and no umbrella in the middle of a storm. But what does bird think they need more than anything else? A theme song!
This is a fun odd couple story. Squirrel is so tightly wound and Bird is so zany that it's impossible not to find them entertaining. The way the Wile E Coyote-like Cat is repeatedly defeated is hilarious. The spot-on facial expressions and bright artwork help convey a lot of humor as well. I'd give this to kids looking for a funny comic.
Orphaned Luc is enslaved by debt to a cruel master in Gabon, Africa. Abused and threatened, he seizes the chance to escape with a professor who claims to be studying chimpanzees. Together they journey into the deep jungle to find the elusive chimps. Luc learns the way of the jungle and the way of the chimps along side the professor until his mysterious disappearance. The lonely Luc eventually becomes a member of the chimpanzee community and invested in keeping them safe. When faced with the choice of returning to civilization, where will Luc's heart lead him? Schrefer's previous novel Endangered, which told the story of bonobos in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, has established him as a master of the survival genre. His deep understanding of the animal-human connection is reflected in this quote from Threatened: "The cure for cruelty is expanding the moral imagination.”
When I say 'rat' what words come to mind? Sneaky? Evil? Untrustworthy? Well don't believe everything that you read in books! Rats aren't all bad. Malcolm is determined to prove that even though he is a rat he can still be have valor and merit like everyone else in Mr. Binney's classroom. Even the other class pets are prejudiced against rats. It will be hard for Malcolm to prove his worth with everyone against him, but maybe if he can solve the mystery of the spy that's trying to bring down the school, he will finally be able to prove that rats can be trusted.
This is a fun story based on the idea that all the class pets meet after hours to keep the school safe. There’s everything from intelligent iguanas to a tough-guy rabbit. It's easy to root for Malcolm as he struggles with problems big and small from trying to do the right thing to giving up chewing his whiskers. The pictures provide great details of the action and the expressions on the animals' faces. The story is written as a long note to the teacher. The narrator tells extra tidbits about the students to Mr. Binney and notes when he uses vocabulary words and includes the definitions to show he was paying attention. I'd give this to students looking for a mystery and pet-lovers
Sophie is on her way to visit her mother who runs a bonobo sanctuary in the Democratic Republic of Congo for the summer as she does every year. She grew up in Congo leaving when she was eight to live with her dad in America. She has seen beauty and suffering in her birth country. On the ride to the compound she and her friend and driver Clement, come across a baby bonobo; his captor offers him for sale. The little ape has been abused and Sophie cannot abandon the pathetic pleading in his eyes. Buying him she knows will anger her mother; a purchase will encourage more poaching.
With her mom’s help, Sophie begins nursing the little ape, Otto, back to health and decides to stay at sanctuary while her mom goes home for the night. Before her mother can return, armed revolution breads out and the sanctuary is attacked. The rebels are ruthless and many are killed as they settle into the compound. Sophie and Otto were outside the compound when the strike occurred and are able to escape.
The journey to find her mother in a war torn country, while keeping herself and Otto safe, is a harrowing one. Schrefer has done his research and the fascinating picture of the bonobos (with whom we share over 98% of the same DNA) who Sophie joins in the jungle in order to survive is accurate and engrossing.
This tale of survival and animal and human connection will touch your heart.
Tessa's picks 5th-8th Survival, animals, fast paced, adventure