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Saturday, May 07, 2005

Jackie's Wild Seattle by Will Hobbs

Shannon is fourteen and on her way to Seattle to stay for the summer with her Uncle Neal, who she has not seen for many years.
She has her younger brother Cody in tow when they land in Seattle
Because Her mother and father both are doctors and have taken a trip to Pakistan to work in refugee camps for the summer they have been sent to spend time with Uncle Neal. When they meet their Uncle at the airport he is not what they remember and almost like a stranger to them.

They find out that their Uncle now works for a wildlife resue, owned by Jackie and that they will be staying there with him. Before they can even get to the rescue they stop so that Uncle Neal can resue a possum that has been hurt by someone's dog. Working at the rescue becomes quite a challenge when Uncle Neal tries to save a hawk and gets his thumb sliced by the hawk.

At the rescue waiting for Uncle Neal to heal is trying for Shannon and a little boring. She convinces Uncle Neal that she is able to be his hands and take on the rescues. Shannon learns to swallow her fear and learns about animals in the process.

Jackie's Wild Seattle is an interesting look at relationships, both within traditional family structures and friendships. It is also a commentary on the need to respect the wildlife around us, that we are encrouching on the territories of creatures of the wild when new housing or industrial developments are built. This is a really well developed story.
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