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Fiction Ages 6-8
Pages: 96
Themes: wildlife conservation, wild animals in urban settings, animal research, environmental advocacy, STEM
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 08/Oct/2019
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When Cricket McKay and her best friend, Shilo, discover that a cougar has been seen in the town of Waterton, they are thrilled that school closes for a few days as a precaution. The townspeople are worried though. They want the cougar caught and relocated, which could be disastrous for the cougar. Cricket's dad, the national park's warden, is receiving reports of the cougar causing all kinds of trouble around town, but it's the type of trouble it doesn't make sense for a cougar to get into. Then Cricket and Shilo find evidence that another animal may be to blame. With the help of a visiting researcher who is in Waterton studying cougar behavior, Cricket and Shilo must convince the townspeople, and Cricket's dad, that they're after the the wrong animal before it’s too late.

This is the fourth title featuring Cricket and her friends, following Bats in Trouble, Ospreys in Danger and Salamander Rescue.

Kirkus Reviews

“Accessible, entertaining, and empowering for young naturalists...Young environmentalists will appreciate seeing how facts can defy frenzy.”

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“Intended for young readers, but the vocabulary is not restricted…Does a good job of presenting the concerns of both sides of the problems of living in an area with predators.”
CM: Canadian Review of Materials
“Each chapter in Cougar Frenzy is just as entertaining as the last, and the language is very accessible for young readers...Cricket’s engagement will encourage animal lovers to take a stand and empower them to become animal activists themselves.”
Must Read Literature: K thru YA
“Parents and teachers who hope to instill an interest in animal protection and who also want to promote literacy with easy chapter books for young readers will want to invest in this series.”

Awards

CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens, starred selection  | 2020 | Commended

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