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Fiction Ages 9-12
Pages: 0
Themes: exotic animals, rescue, adoption, pets, lizards, snakes, reptiles, birds, shelter, belonging, family, community, displacement, friendship
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 01/Mar/2016
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Amelia’s world came crashing down when her parents separated and she was forced to relocate with her mother to a new part of town. But when Duke and Gabriella move into the suite downstairs with their menagerie of exotic animals, Amelia feels like she’s been thrown a lifeline. Helping care for the animals gives Amelia a sense of purpose, and she’s determined to keep Duke and Gabriella’s secret. But eventually her mother discovers the animals and refuses to let them stay. To make matters worse, Winston, a sulcata tortoise, has fallen ill, and the medical bills are piling up. Can Amelia figure out a way to help save Winston and keep her newfound family together?

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