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Selling Points: "The leopard frog, endangered animals"
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: Mar/01/2007
Fiction Ages 7-9
Mia turned on her light. She took the lid off Cheetah's box. She couldn't see Cheetah at first. Then she spied her hiding in the grass. Mia ran her finger gently down Cheetah's back. Cheetah trembled.
Cheetah is the small spotted frog Amelia brings home in a macaroni container. Amelia longs to keep Cheetah forever, but over the course of a week, she comes to understand that his place is back in the wild. Cheetah is based on a true story, and all the characters are real.
"Don't be scared, Cheetah," Mia whispered.
She picked Cheetah up and held her close.
"Oh, Cheetah," she said sadly, "am I your monster?"
Resource Links - June 1, 2007
"A quirky and entertaining choice for children with an interest in animals, and excellent for all collections."
CM Magazine - June 1, 2007
"Introduces children to the familiar moral dilemma of taking a wild animal out of nature to keep it as a pet. Recommended."
Resource Links "The Year's Best", commended
CCBC Best Books starred selection, commended
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