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Fiction Ages 6-8
Pages: 112
Themes: ranch life, veterinary clinic, friendship, animal stories, rules for life
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 16/Feb/2021
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Eleven-year-old Charlie Dembinski likes to keep his life organized and quiet. This is a challenge when you live on a farm where your mother runs a veterinary clinic for the local livestock, neighbors’ pets and sometimes rescued wildlife. To complicate Charlie’s orderly life even further, his mother hires a bookkeeper to live on the farm who brings along her daughter, Amy Ma. And Amy is anything but quiet! Her constant questions and attempts to spend time with Charlie really bother him, and he doesn’t understand why the adults seem to like her so much. But when a neighbor’s beloved dog gets sick with a mysterious illness, Charlie realizes that Amy’s outgoing approach might not be all that bad.

This is the first book in the Charlie's Rules series.

CM: Canadian Review of Materials
“Use Pasture Bedtime for curriculum enhancement, or just read it for the fun of an enjoyable read. Highly Recommended.”
Kirkus Reviews
“The solid writing delivers a straightforward and charming plot, ideal for young readers transitioning to chapter books...A pleasant read for lovers of pet stories.”
School Library Journal
“Charlie and Amy are delightful, engaging, funny characters. The well-written plot is simple and easy to follow for beginning and reluctant readers.”