Disclosure: I received this complimentary product (Rescue at Lake Wild) through Raincoast Books. Affiliate links will be used in this review to help support my time in bringing good books to you.
Even though this is an upper elementary/lower middle school, Rescue at Lake Wild was a fun mystery to solve that involved the cutest of rescues… baby beavers!
I even found this video that talks a bit about rescuing beavers.
Madison, Jack and Aaron, three intrepid friends, who like to solve mysteries and take care of critters needing help have a mystery to solve after they discover two baby beavers needing help. Will they be able to keep those baby beavers safe while they figure out who killed their parents? You’ll have to read the book to find out as I don’t give away secrets! 🙂
Rescue at Lake Wild, the basic Facts
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt are the publishers of this hardcover book I received from Raincoast Books in exchange for my review. At 208 pages it, for me is an easy read couple hours read, but upper elementary students could well take longer to finish. But want to finish it they shall as the action is quick-paced and draws you further into the story. Written to youth 1-12 years old. Chapter introductions feature one of two beaver scenes.
There is very little in the way of illustrations in the rest of this chapter book, you will find some side of page decoration but for the most part, the story holds it’s own.
The three youth are an interesting mix of youngsters and they each bring their own skill set to their adventures. Madison with her knowledge of taking care of critters, Aaron with his intelligence and ability to physically get in get things done, and Jack with his tracking dog and people connections. They’ll need all these skills to not only help the baby beavers, but all the beavers in their county. Will they be able to get the adults to listen? Will they be able to find out who’s been hurting the beavers?
Rescue at Lake Wild involves family squabbles, and both parents and children learning important ways to improve themselves. They all pull together to make everything work out in the end. Both boys and girls should enjoy this book, and following Madi and her friends in their adventures. The dog Lid provides humour with some of his antics.
Other Terry Lynn Johnston Books
I have reviewed a number of books by Terry Lynn Johnston. I find her books have true-to-life characters, and always have a good resolution in the end.
Should you Get Rescue at Lake Wild?
YES! If you like a mystery, seeing baby animals rescued, and good friends working together! Mom and Dad play an important role as well, and the family connections play a vital role in helping things turn out well in the end.
With it’s focus on caring for the environment, and the silliness of the dog Lid, younger middleschoolers will find this a fun, easy read. Larger font, easier word choice, and the thrill of a mystery, combinded with animals make it an excellent read. I would not hesitate to give as a birthday gift to any 8-10 year old boy or girl.
A good add-on to a study on environmentalism, beavers, caring for wildlife, and community activism.