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In this funny and moving animals-in-peril adventure, a twelve-year-old girl and her two best friends determine to rescue two orphaned beaver kits—and soon find themselves trying to solve a local environmental crisis. Everyone knows that twelve-year-old Madison “Madi” Lewis is not allowed to bring home any more animals. After she's saved hairless mice, two birds, a rabbit, In this funny and moving animals-in-peril adventure, a twelve-year-old girl and her two best friends determine to rescue two orphaned beaver kits—and soon find themselves trying to solve a local environmental crisis. Everyone knows that twelve-year-old Madison “Madi” Lewis is not allowed to bring home any more animals. After she's saved hairless mice, two birds, a rabbit, and a stray tom cat that ended up destroying the front porch, Madi’s parents decide that if they find one more stray animal in the house, she won’t be allowed to meet Jane Goodall at an upcoming gala event. But when Madi and her two best friends, Aaron and Jack, rescue beaver kits whose mother was killed, they find themselves at the center of a local conspiracy that’s putting the beavers and their habitats in danger. As Madi and her friends race to uncover the threat targeting the beavers, Madi must put her animal whisperer skills to the test in both raising the orphaned beaver kits and staying out of trouble long enough.


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In this funny and moving animals-in-peril adventure, a twelve-year-old girl and her two best friends determine to rescue two orphaned beaver kits—and soon find themselves trying to solve a local environmental crisis. Everyone knows that twelve-year-old Madison “Madi” Lewis is not allowed to bring home any more animals. After she's saved hairless mice, two birds, a rabbit, In this funny and moving animals-in-peril adventure, a twelve-year-old girl and her two best friends determine to rescue two orphaned beaver kits—and soon find themselves trying to solve a local environmental crisis. Everyone knows that twelve-year-old Madison “Madi” Lewis is not allowed to bring home any more animals. After she's saved hairless mice, two birds, a rabbit, and a stray tom cat that ended up destroying the front porch, Madi’s parents decide that if they find one more stray animal in the house, she won’t be allowed to meet Jane Goodall at an upcoming gala event. But when Madi and her two best friends, Aaron and Jack, rescue beaver kits whose mother was killed, they find themselves at the center of a local conspiracy that’s putting the beavers and their habitats in danger. As Madi and her friends race to uncover the threat targeting the beavers, Madi must put her animal whisperer skills to the test in both raising the orphaned beaver kits and staying out of trouble long enough.

30 review for Rescue at Lake Wild

  1. 5 out of 5

    Tina

    This is a young middle grade book. I request this book because my daughter loves rescuing animals, and I felt she may love this book. After, I have read this book I know she is going to love this book. This book is all about a little girl that loves to help animals, and she rescues orphaned beaver kits. I love how many facts about beavers where worked into this book. The characters where fun to follow, and the beaver kits also where like characters. I think this book is written so young middle g This is a young middle grade book. I request this book because my daughter loves rescuing animals, and I felt she may love this book. After, I have read this book I know she is going to love this book. This book is all about a little girl that loves to help animals, and she rescues orphaned beaver kits. I love how many facts about beavers where worked into this book. The characters where fun to follow, and the beaver kits also where like characters. I think this book is written so young middle grade readers will be able to read this book without problems. I really enjoyed this book. Note: I have brought a hard copy of this book for my daughter, and she is so excited about it. I was kindly provided an e-copy of this book by the publisher (HMH Books for Young Readers) or author (Terry Lynn Johnson) via NetGalley, so I can give honest review about how I feel about this book. I want to send a big Thank you to them for that. (*)

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ms. Yingling

    E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus Madi and her friends Aaron and Jack live in Willow Grove, a small town where they are able to go out on the local lake in a boat, and drive the ATV in the woods between each others' houses. When they find two adult beavers dead near the lake, the are very concerned that there might be babies left in the lodge. Madi manages to swim under the water and retrieve two young beavers, whom she names Phrag and Cooler. Since her grandmother, who passed away a few years pre E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus Madi and her friends Aaron and Jack live in Willow Grove, a small town where they are able to go out on the local lake in a boat, and drive the ATV in the woods between each others' houses. When they find two adult beavers dead near the lake, the are very concerned that there might be babies left in the lodge. Madi manages to swim under the water and retrieve two young beavers, whom she names Phrag and Cooler. Since her grandmother, who passed away a few years previously, was an "animal whisperer" and wildlife rehabilitator, Madi knows how to take care of wild animals, but she also knows it can be dangerous and challenging. Her parents, who are very busy with work, have told her absolutely no more wild animals to foster, so Madi and her friends ensconce the kits in their clubhouse, secure in the belief that her older sister Marley won't come in, since it smells like "a barn inside a boys' locker room next to a monkey factory"! Madi is set to go to a lecture by famous primatologist Jane Goodall, and she knows that if her parents find out, she won't get to go. She doesn't feel that there are any other places that can take care of the beavers, and she fears for their safety because of the deaths of the beavers, which she thinks is tied to dams messing up drainage culverts around the town. Aaron and Jack are a little more forthcoming with questions, all but accusing some townspeople they meet during their investigations. Not only are the children worried about the beavers, but the little devils are kind of cute. Less than cute is their instinct to smear their food and mud on the walls of the clubhouse as if it were a dam! Madi and her sister have an agreement-- Marley won't say anything about the animals if Madi won't say anything about Marley having her high school friends over for parties. Eventually, Madi is sure to be found out, but will she be able to figure out the mystery, as well as what to do with Phrag, Cooler, and another small beaver, Xena? Strengths: There were lots and lots of good details about taking care of young beavers, but it is also clear that this is not something that should be tried at home! Madi very carefully takes her own notes, and follows those left by her grandmother, and does her best to take good care of the animals. It is very clever how she teaches them to build in certain places, thus helping the town's problem. Her parents are both well and concerned about their daughters, but busy enough that they don't pay a lot of attention, which is a brilliant way to structure a middle grade novel. Madi misses her grandmother, but is channeling her grief in constructive ways. Johnson always writes a good story, and this is a great SUMMER addition to her works. Weaknesses: Aaron and Jack were not well developed characters, and the ending seemed a bit abrupt. What I really think: This is a must purchase for elementary schools, and a good addition for middle schools where books about animals or outdoor adventures are popular.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie Rivera

    Madi Lewis knows that she isn’t supposed to bring anymore stray animals home or she won’t be allowed to meet Jane Goodall at an upcoming Gala. But when she and her 2 best friends Aaron and Jack rescue 2 orphaned beaver kits whose parents were shot, she has no choice but to take them home to care for or they would die in the wild without their parents. Jack, who wants to be a Big Game Warden, with his dog Lid as well as Madi and Aaron are searching for clues to figure out who killed those beavers Madi Lewis knows that she isn’t supposed to bring anymore stray animals home or she won’t be allowed to meet Jane Goodall at an upcoming Gala. But when she and her 2 best friends Aaron and Jack rescue 2 orphaned beaver kits whose parents were shot, she has no choice but to take them home to care for or they would die in the wild without their parents. Jack, who wants to be a Big Game Warden, with his dog Lid as well as Madi and Aaron are searching for clues to figure out who killed those beavers and stop the town from killing all the beavers because they are damning up the wrong spots and flooding roads and farms along the river. This was a really great read and so much fun. I really liked that Madi’s grandmother was a Wildlife Rehabilitator which is why she is so passionate about saving wild animals and her motto “If you see something, do something”. I liked all the animal conservation information and how her and her friends problem solved how to have the beavers dam where they wanted them to and not where it was wrecking the roads and peoples land. Also all the information about beavers was really interesting and I didn’t know anything about them so that was fun to learn. This was a really easy read and the dynamic between the 3 friends was great and the kids were just so funny. Thanks to HMH Childrens Book Group and Netgalley for the complimentary copy of this book in e-book form. All opinions in this review are my own.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kathie

    Thank you to Edelweiss+ and the publisher for an eARC of this book. I love this author, and I'll read anything that she writes. This story is a lower MG read about three friends who find some orphaned beaver kits, and are determined to not only protect them, but figure out who is killing the beavers in their areas. There are several things about this book that I think will make it a hit with young readers. The cover art by Maike Plenzke is colorful, kid-friendly, and very appealing. The length at Thank you to Edelweiss+ and the publisher for an eARC of this book. I love this author, and I'll read anything that she writes. This story is a lower MG read about three friends who find some orphaned beaver kits, and are determined to not only protect them, but figure out who is killing the beavers in their areas. There are several things about this book that I think will make it a hit with young readers. The cover art by Maike Plenzke is colorful, kid-friendly, and very appealing. The length at just over 200 pages will tempt many readers who pass on longer reads. The main character, Madi, is passionate about saving wildlife and following in her grandmother's footsteps to care for injured animals. There is so much fascinating information about beavers (I had no idea they were so smart and capable of problem solving) without feeling overdone or too factual. Madi's friends, Aaron and Jack (and Jack's dog, Lid) are part of the plan to hide the kits so Madi's mom doesn't find out, but the adventures that they get into together are funny and typical middle grade behavior. I really appreciated the resolution of the story, and would love to read another story about one of Madi's animal rescues. This would be a great classroom read aloud, with an opportunity to talk about animal conservation and poaching, and our role to play in it.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Terry Johnson

    My book! Prepare for- beaver kit shenanigans, good friends, a wildlife poaching mystery, and a rather food-obsessed dog. I'm thrilled with the cover by the amazing Maike Plenzke! My book! Prepare for- beaver kit shenanigans, good friends, a wildlife poaching mystery, and a rather food-obsessed dog. I'm thrilled with the cover by the amazing Maike Plenzke!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Rajiv

    [Blog]::[Youtube]::[Twitter]::[Instagram]::[Pinterest]::[Bloglovin] “Rescue at Lake Wild” is a cute middle-grade adventure about a girl who acts as an animal whisperer to help beavers. Firstly, I admire the author for writing a middle-grade novel focusing on preserving wildlife. I was fascinated reading about beavers’ habitual traits and thought the author did a lovely job in narrating the facts. Also, the story is relatively short and would encourage young readers to read and learn. The charac [Blog]::[Youtube]::[Twitter]::[Instagram]::[Pinterest]::[Bloglovin] “Rescue at Lake Wild” is a cute middle-grade adventure about a girl who acts as an animal whisperer to help beavers. Firstly, I admire the author for writing a middle-grade novel focusing on preserving wildlife. I was fascinated reading about beavers’ habitual traits and thought the author did a lovely job in narrating the facts. Also, the story is relatively short and would encourage young readers to read and learn. The characters are also likable and adventurous. Madison is a fantastic protagonist. She motives you to appreciate the outdoors and protecting the beavers. I feel Madison is an excellent inspiration for a reader of any age group. Moreover, I enjoyed how she meticulously researches and details her findings of the beavers in an organized manner. I also liked the idea Madison comes up with using iPods to direct them. She also has a friendly rapport with Jack and Aaron, and they form a good team. Similarly, the author also added the mystery element nicely, wondering who the culprit is. Some moments also made me laugh out loud, like when Madison realizes where the beavers are, thanks to her mother. However, the ending felt rushed. Although I enjoyed the end, I felt that there was too much going on. A lot happens in the last few pages, where it feels like you miss out on a lot if you blink. Moreover, I don’t remember if there was any punishment for the culprit who initiated the attack. Apart from that, this is a charming book. I can see this turn into a series, where we follow Madison on many adventures rescuing various animals. Overall, “Rescue at Lake Wild” is a cute middle-grade adventure that is great to pick up, especially if you are an animal lover.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Laurie Hnatiuk

    Thank you to Net Galley and the publisher for an eARC edition of this book. Canadian author Terry Lynn Johnson has written a younger middle-grade novel appealing to readers curious about animal rescues. Madi wants to be like her recently deceased Nana and become a wildlife rehabilitator. Her parents, however, have told her point-blank - no more rescues. When Madi and her two best friends Aaron and Jack, discover two orphaned beaver kits, she knows they are their only chance for survival. Now the Thank you to Net Galley and the publisher for an eARC edition of this book. Canadian author Terry Lynn Johnson has written a younger middle-grade novel appealing to readers curious about animal rescues. Madi wants to be like her recently deceased Nana and become a wildlife rehabilitator. Her parents, however, have told her point-blank - no more rescues. When Madi and her two best friends Aaron and Jack, discover two orphaned beaver kits, she knows they are their only chance for survival. Now they have to learn how to care for them without their parents finding out, and they need to figure out who is killing the beavers. Canadian author Terry Lynn Johnson has written a plot-driven story interspersed with tidbits of humour and incidents that this age group will laugh about, get a bit grossed-out (think leeches and bloodsuckers) and gain a greater appreciation of beavers. When finished with the book, readers will have a deeper understanding of beavers, their engineering skills and how they can change habitats. That is not to say we do not get to know Madi, Aaron and Jack. The three are friends who look out for one another and yet bicker amongst themselves and demand time for their own passions that comes across naturally and not forced. Each character has a unique family situation that they are working through and is relevant to this intended audience. In the Author's Note, Ms. Johnson includes the stories of inspirations for the book, including sources she used to write, and readers should take the time to read this as it is both interesting and informative. Readers need to be critical thinkers and be aware of what is factual and what is not. The author's note lets readers understand the author's desire to have accurate and current information for their audience, and for this reviewer appreciated. This novel would be suitable for a wide range of readers. It would make a captivating read-aloud for students as young as eight but can see students as old as eleven and twelve enjoying this book. The shorter length will be more enticing for many and may also act as a bridge for students wanting to get into a longer novel. I sincerely hope that we will see this as a series.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Niki

    Canadian author Terri Lynn Johnson has written a charming early middle grade novel. Even though Madi isn't supposed to rescue any more animals, she can't help herself when she finds two orphaned beaver kits. Madi and her friends care for the beavers, but also work to solve the mystery of who is harming the beavers and how can the township live in harmony with their beaver population. Rescue at Lake Wild has beaver facts and wildlife rehabilitation tips woven throughout, without ever being overwh Canadian author Terri Lynn Johnson has written a charming early middle grade novel. Even though Madi isn't supposed to rescue any more animals, she can't help herself when she finds two orphaned beaver kits. Madi and her friends care for the beavers, but also work to solve the mystery of who is harming the beavers and how can the township live in harmony with their beaver population. Rescue at Lake Wild has beaver facts and wildlife rehabilitation tips woven throughout, without ever being overwhelming or forced. I highly recommend Rescue at Lake Wild for libraries serving children in grades 2-4 and I look forward to purchasing it for my libraries when it is released in April 2021. I know that the young readers will be drawn by the charming cover and reasonable novel length, and not disappointed by Johnson's engaging story! Note: I received an eARC of Rescue at Lake Wild via the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Vandana

    Rescue at Lake Wild was a quick fun read with a intriguing mystery, a wildlife lover and amazing characters! The plot follows Madi, Aaron and Jack who found dead adult beavers and their beaver kits and decided to find out the murderer. They care for the beavers and solve the mystery whilst also solving the Township's problem. This was a great read. The writing was brilliant and I read it in one sitting as it was quite gripping. I loved the characters and their friendship! Though I wish it was a bi Rescue at Lake Wild was a quick fun read with a intriguing mystery, a wildlife lover and amazing characters! The plot follows Madi, Aaron and Jack who found dead adult beavers and their beaver kits and decided to find out the murderer. They care for the beavers and solve the mystery whilst also solving the Township's problem. This was a great read. The writing was brilliant and I read it in one sitting as it was quite gripping. I loved the characters and their friendship! Though I wish it was a bit more fleshed out and we saw a bit more character backstory. Overall this was a brilliant read and I would definitely recommend it to middle grade readers! Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for the E-arc!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Andrew

    Madison is an animal whisperer, much like her late Nana, who was once the town's animal rehabilitation specialist. Her parents have warned her not to take on any more strays, but when she and her friends find orphaned beaver kits, she refuses to let them starve. They also know that there are folks in town who aren't happy with the beavers-- and they're determined to find out who shot the parents of the kits. I learned quite a bit about beavers even as an adult while reading Rescue at Lake Wild! Madison is an animal whisperer, much like her late Nana, who was once the town's animal rehabilitation specialist. Her parents have warned her not to take on any more strays, but when she and her friends find orphaned beaver kits, she refuses to let them starve. They also know that there are folks in town who aren't happy with the beavers-- and they're determined to find out who shot the parents of the kits. I learned quite a bit about beavers even as an adult while reading Rescue at Lake Wild! Animal and mystery lovers alike will dive right into this quick-paced novel of environmental justice.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kbolt

    Read this cute story about the finding of baby beavers and the care and protection that is needed to take care of wild animals if found. Very good information on beavers and the view of other people that may not see the need to protect wildlife if they are in their way. Poaching is part of this story as is learning about how beavers make dams and what is needed to care for them. Characters in the book are written in a very fun way that kids will enjoy reading. They will learn but the story does Read this cute story about the finding of baby beavers and the care and protection that is needed to take care of wild animals if found. Very good information on beavers and the view of other people that may not see the need to protect wildlife if they are in their way. Poaching is part of this story as is learning about how beavers make dams and what is needed to care for them. Characters in the book are written in a very fun way that kids will enjoy reading. They will learn but the story does not bog them down with too many facts at once. Story flows very nicely.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Thom

    This was such an amazing book to read during summer vacation! Having grown up on a farm in Minnesota, this story brought me right back to all those afternoons when I was able to hang out in nature and experience the wildlife around me. I vividly remember walking down to the river multiple times with my grandma to look at the beaver dams and thinking how amazing they were and wondered what it would be like to go inside. So when the story began with our spunky main character diving under the water This was such an amazing book to read during summer vacation! Having grown up on a farm in Minnesota, this story brought me right back to all those afternoons when I was able to hang out in nature and experience the wildlife around me. I vividly remember walking down to the river multiple times with my grandma to look at the beaver dams and thinking how amazing they were and wondered what it would be like to go inside. So when the story began with our spunky main character diving under the water to get into the dam just see if there are orphaned kits (baby beavers) in need of rescue,was hooked! I enjoyed all the facts about beavers and was rooting for the trio to solve the various mysteries and ecological problems. I will definitely be adding this to my middle school library!!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Lindsay

    This was a cute read featuring an animal loving girl and her two best friends saving two orphaned beaver kits. On top of secretly saving the kits, they work together to discover who is killing the beavers in their town. Facts on beavers are sprinkled throughout the text as Madi cares for them. The three friends also work to solve the town's dislike of the beavers by brainstorming ideas to rally everyone together into seeing how beneficial beavers are to the environment. This was a short read but This was a cute read featuring an animal loving girl and her two best friends saving two orphaned beaver kits. On top of secretly saving the kits, they work together to discover who is killing the beavers in their town. Facts on beavers are sprinkled throughout the text as Madi cares for them. The three friends also work to solve the town's dislike of the beavers by brainstorming ideas to rally everyone together into seeing how beneficial beavers are to the environment. This was a short read but I enjoyed every minute of it, especially the comedic relief. Thank you Edelweiss for the ARC.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Alex Baugh

    I follow a bunch of animal rescue and rehabilitation sites, the goal of which is to eventually return the animals back into the wild, so I just knew this would be a book I wanted to share with young readers. And it did not disappoint. Twelve-year-old Madison Lewis wants nothing more than to grow up and become the next Jane Goodall. Her beloved grandmother was a wildlife rehabilitator and now that her Nana is gone, Madi wants to carry on her work. But after she finds their parents dead, and even a I follow a bunch of animal rescue and rehabilitation sites, the goal of which is to eventually return the animals back into the wild, so I just knew this would be a book I wanted to share with young readers. And it did not disappoint. Twelve-year-old Madison Lewis wants nothing more than to grow up and become the next Jane Goodall. Her beloved grandmother was a wildlife rehabilitator and now that her Nana is gone, Madi wants to carry on her work. But after she finds their parents dead, and even after she rescues their two beaver kits from their lodge Madi knows she's going to be in big trouble if she brings them home. Madi has been told no more rescues or she won't be able to go to the Jane Goodall Institute and meet her idol and find how she did her observations of animals in the wild. So of course, Madi and her friends Jack and Aaron, along with Jack black Lab, Lid, rescue the kits and bring them to Madi's house. Hiding them in the shed turned clubhouse in the backyard, Madi realizes she has a lot to learn about the care and feeding of beaver kits. At least, she has Nana's notes to refer to, but even at that, it is a big job. Luckily, mom works a lot and dad is often away for a week at a time, but then there is older sister Marley, not much of an animal lover, to contend with. Then Madi, Aaron, Jack, and, of course, Lid the tracking dog, discover that the dead beavers had built a dam that blocked the channel that flows from Lake Wild to Lake Little Hawk, and is now causing roads and bridges in their township of Willow Grove to flood. While Jack and Lid investigate to see if they can find the person who killed the two beavers, Madi works on caring for the kits. In the middle of all this, Madi finds another beaver kit. When Marley discovers the kits, she makes Madi an offer that she really can't refuse: if Marley keeps quiet about the kits, Madi won't say anything about the party Marley is planning when she is sure no parent will be home. Can Jack, Aaron and Lid solve the mystery of who shot the beavers? Can Madi figure out what to do with her beaver kits? And can a viable solution be found to prevent further flooding because of the beaver dams? Rescue at Lake Wild is an entertaining, interesting and informative story for younger middle grade readers not quite ready for the Terry Lynn Johnson's wonderful but harrowing survival stories like Ice Dogs and Dog Driven. There's a lot of detail about beaver life, and especially about caring for them. Not everything Madi does goes well, but I like how she learns from her mistakes and also how the beaver kits, acting on their natural instincts, are her best teachers. She certainly hones her observation skills watching and caring for them. Johnson really knows how to craft an exciting adventure story. She gives Madi and her friends a freedom of movement most kids don't have in today's world. They travel around in an ATV (all-terrain vehicle) and a small motor boat, but considering how little her parents are around, Madi does have a cell phone to check in with them. All in all, this make a nice way for young readers to have an outdoor adventure, even if it is only vicariously. Whenever you read a Terry Lynn Johnson book, you know you are reading the words of a real animal lover, and her stories will hopefully inspire her readers to develop a strong love and respect for them, too. Do read the Author's Note for more information about this book and what inspired Johnson to write it. Besides the Author's Note, there is an important list called "The Dos of Wildlife" detailing what to do if you think a baby animal needs rescuing. Madi had the benefit of being her Nana's apprentice before she passed away, and has some experience with wildlife rescue, but as the head of the rehab facility that takes in the beavers kits tells Madi, people keeping wildlife does more harms to animals than good. Rescue at Lake Wild is an appealing book that should please animal and wildlife lovers looking for adventure and mystery. This book is recommended for readers age 8+ This book was an eARC gratefully received from Barbara Fisch at Blue Slip Media

  15. 4 out of 5

    Cheriee Weichel

    Thanks to NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this book. It will be released April 27, 2021 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children's Book Group. The hair-raising rescue of two beaver kits grabs readers in the first few pages of this novel. The tension eases off, but the fascination with these little critters never ends. In the small town of Willow Grove, beavers have been building dams and flooding agricultural land. The farmers are not happy. When twelve year old Madi and her two bes Thanks to NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this book. It will be released April 27, 2021 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children's Book Group. The hair-raising rescue of two beaver kits grabs readers in the first few pages of this novel. The tension eases off, but the fascination with these little critters never ends. In the small town of Willow Grove, beavers have been building dams and flooding agricultural land. The farmers are not happy. When twelve year old Madi and her two best friends, Aaron and Jack, discover two dead adult beavers, they know they have to rescue their babies. They also have to find out who murdered them. The trajectory of this novel follows these two arcs. Madi's grandmother was an "animal whisperer" and wildlife rehabilitator, someone who rescues wild animals and returns them to the wild. Madi learned much from her and brings the two kits home with her, even though she has been warned not to bring home any more animals. She has to keep them a secret from her older sister and her parents. If she's caught she won't be able to go meet Jane Goodall, her personal hero. While Madi's focus is on keeping the beavers safe in their clubhouse, the boys are more focused on discovering who is responsible for the deaths of the beavers. As the deaths pile up and they find another kit, their goals become more urgent. Madi is able to keep her secret because her parents are often away from home working. Her older sister, Marley is more interested in boys than hanging out with her little sister any more. Marley plans to have a party when her parents are away. When she discovers the kits, the two sisters make a pact to keep each other's secrets. There is a lot to love about this book. While the two sisters seem to be growing apart, Marley is involved in Madi's life and her problems than is at first obvious. Madi and her friends live in an idyllic place. They get to spend their summers boating on a lake and exploring wild spaces on their own. Looking after the beaver kits involves a lot of research. This means that readers learn a lot while reading this engaging tale. Madi, Aaron, and Jack are delightful characters with their own interests and backgrounds. I am hoping that this is the first in a series and that we will get to know more about the boys in future novels.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Magdalena

    I first posted the following review on my personal blog: Twelve-year-old Madi and her friends Jack and Aaron stumble across both a mystery and a rescue mission when they discover two dead adult beavers and two orphaned beaver kits. Madi considers herself an “animal whisperer” and a future wildlife rehabilitator, so she takes charge of caring for the kits even though her mother has banned her from bringing rescue animals home. Madi’s sister Marley finds out about the beavers quickly, but the girl I first posted the following review on my personal blog: Twelve-year-old Madi and her friends Jack and Aaron stumble across both a mystery and a rescue mission when they discover two dead adult beavers and two orphaned beaver kits. Madi considers herself an “animal whisperer” and a future wildlife rehabilitator, so she takes charge of caring for the kits even though her mother has banned her from bringing rescue animals home. Madi’s sister Marley finds out about the beavers quickly, but the girls’ mother is out of town and Marley agrees to keep the secret in exchange for Madi’s complicity in the party she’s planning. Meanwhile, Jack is determined to find out what happened to the parent beavers. He and his dog Lid manage to uncover several clues, but the kids also learn that beaver dams have been causing flooding in town, and most of the local people would be happy to see the beavers dead. Madi has an idea for solving that problem, but just when her plan seems to be going well, the kits disappear during Marley’s party and Mom returns at the worst possible time. This book will appeal strongly to animal lovers and it contains a lot of interesting information about beavers. However, it lacks believability and relevance to contemporary middle-grade readers, mainly due to the amount of independence that the young protagonists are allowed to have, and the plot is a little too simple to make the story memorable or distinctive.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Hope Hunter

    Madi relates more to animal than she does to people. She has brought so many wild animals home to heal or raise after their parents have abandoned them, she is forbidden from bringing any more home. Fortunately for Madi, her parents both are often gone for work and her teenage sister is in charge of watching her. Her sister could care less what she does as long as Madi doesn't tell on her about having her boyfriend over or having parties when their parents are gone. Even though Madi is not suppo Madi relates more to animal than she does to people. She has brought so many wild animals home to heal or raise after their parents have abandoned them, she is forbidden from bringing any more home. Fortunately for Madi, her parents both are often gone for work and her teenage sister is in charge of watching her. Her sister could care less what she does as long as Madi doesn't tell on her about having her boyfriend over or having parties when their parents are gone. Even though Madi is not supposed to bring stray animals home, she finds beaver kits whose parents have been killed by people in town who are trying to prevent the beavers from building their dams because it is leading to flooding. As Madi learns how to keep the kits safe and healthy, she also figures out a way to make the beavers dam in spots where it won't cause flooding to roads and property. I liked the ecological awareness aspect of the book, and liked that kids' voices were heard in solving community problem. I learned a lot about beavers; I did not realize they were such social animals. I felt like the dialog was contrived, not natural or flowing. The characters were "off," somehow and seemed flat. I liked the story well enough, but not how the story was told.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Margaret

    Rescue at Lake Wild was a fun read! Terry Lynn Johnson is no stranger to me, I've read a number of her books and love her love of the great outdoors. Ice Dogs and Dogsled Dreams are my favourites. This book is the story of 3 friends and a dog named Lid, they find themselves on an adventure over the summer break. Madi isn't a stranger when it comes to rescuing wild animals and sometimes she gets more than she bargained for. She is determined, smart and up for the challenge, anger flairs when injus Rescue at Lake Wild was a fun read! Terry Lynn Johnson is no stranger to me, I've read a number of her books and love her love of the great outdoors. Ice Dogs and Dogsled Dreams are my favourites. This book is the story of 3 friends and a dog named Lid, they find themselves on an adventure over the summer break. Madi isn't a stranger when it comes to rescuing wild animals and sometimes she gets more than she bargained for. She is determined, smart and up for the challenge, anger flairs when injustices are done in the wild. Her friends Aaron and Jack added that extra comic relief to this story. Again the writing was spot on. It was descriptive, informative and I read it in a couple sittings. While its perfect for young readers I quite enjoyed myself. The author's knowledge of baby beavers was evident, it felt natural as Madi used knowledge and instinct to care for them. It didn't feel like an info dump getting to know the habits and traits of these beaver kits. The ending might have been a tad rushed but still a fitting conclusion. Rescue at Lake Wild releases on April 27th and available for preorder now. My thanks to the publisher (via Netgalley) for an advanced copy in exchange for a honest review.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Pam

    I received an electronic ARC from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children's Book Group through NetGalley. Middle grade readers who enjoy adventure and caring for animals will love this one. Johnson's characters are passionate about taking care of injured wild animals and about solving mysteries involving damage to nature. Madi shared a bond with her grandmother and learned to care for wildlife from her. She was a wildlife rehabilitator. Madi misses her and her advice about rescuing wild animals. The b I received an electronic ARC from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children's Book Group through NetGalley. Middle grade readers who enjoy adventure and caring for animals will love this one. Johnson's characters are passionate about taking care of injured wild animals and about solving mysteries involving damage to nature. Madi shared a bond with her grandmother and learned to care for wildlife from her. She was a wildlife rehabilitator. Madi misses her and her advice about rescuing wild animals. The book begins with them attempting to rescue two beaver kits after their parents have been shot. Together with her friends Jack and Aaron, Madi gets them out of their lodge and brings them back to her home to care for them. The three work together to hide them from everyone else. There is the expected crises along the way and the fallout from the beavers being discovered by adults, and a happy ending for the beavers and children. Johnson combines informative text with the story. She has obviously done research and introduces readers to beavers and how they interact with their world. Shorter chapters will appeal to mid to upper elementary level readers. Tips for interacting with wildlife are included at the end.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Darla

    Madi Lewis loves animals. She spends time each day observing the wildlife that lives near Lake Wild. Her grandmother taught her how to log the details she sees as well as how to take care of strays. All that practice comes in handy when Madi and her friends (Aaron and Jack) and Jack's dog Lid discover orphaned beaver kits. Even though Madi has promised not to take in any strays for awhile, she feels compelled to save the little guys. It is a tough balancing act to keep the little kits a secret w Madi Lewis loves animals. She spends time each day observing the wildlife that lives near Lake Wild. Her grandmother taught her how to log the details she sees as well as how to take care of strays. All that practice comes in handy when Madi and her friends (Aaron and Jack) and Jack's dog Lid discover orphaned beaver kits. Even though Madi has promised not to take in any strays for awhile, she feels compelled to save the little guys. It is a tough balancing act to keep the little kits a secret while taking care of them and figuring out how their parents were killed. If her new charges are discovered, Madi will lose the chance to meet Jane Goodall at a special conservation event. On top of that the town population seems to be more and more anti-beaver. Can Madi and friends solve the mystery of the dead beavers while also helping their community find a new way to accommodate the beavers who want to live near their lakes and streams. Lots of great facts about caring for animals with a list of Dos at the end of the book. This would make a really great read aloud as a part of an Earth Day celebration. Thank you to Houghton Mifflin and NetGalley for a DRC in exchange for an honest review.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Harrison

    I’ve been a fan of Terry Lynn Johnson for a while now. She’s known for adventurous books for young readers like Ice Dogs, Sled Dog School and Dog Driven. And my 7-year-old is completely enamored with Terry’s Survivor Diaries series. She’s keeps asking when the next book will come out. I can’t think of a better recommendation that that. Rescue at Lake Wild has a smaller scope, focusing mostly on Madi’s home, surrounding wild areas and town. The action’s a bit more sedate, but there are still a few I’ve been a fan of Terry Lynn Johnson for a while now. She’s known for adventurous books for young readers like Ice Dogs, Sled Dog School and Dog Driven. And my 7-year-old is completely enamored with Terry’s Survivor Diaries series. She’s keeps asking when the next book will come out. I can’t think of a better recommendation that that. Rescue at Lake Wild has a smaller scope, focusing mostly on Madi’s home, surrounding wild areas and town. The action’s a bit more sedate, but there are still a few breathtaking moments. What’s not different, however, is Terry’s ability to set a scene and her attention to detail. As a reader, you see the kits in front of you. You can practically feel them nuzzle up to you. The sights, the sounds, the smells, they’re all there. Madi, Aaron and Jack are a delightful trio who balance each other out. They’ve all got their quirks, and that, along with Jack’s dog, Lid, make for some great interactions, mishaps and discoveries. Rescue at Lake Wild celebrates friendship, ingenuity and nature. It will make an excellent addition to any reader’s growing library.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Oana

    This was such an uplifting read which made the pandemic a little easier. At least for a week. It's a young middle grade read about a little girl who loves animals and saving them is her passion. She saved beaver kits and want everyone to help while she is keeping the beaver in her room and prays that her parents or her sister will not come inside and see what she is doing. Madi's love for animals is such a lovely and cute thing, since I relate so much to her because as I was being a little girl I This was such an uplifting read which made the pandemic a little easier. At least for a week. It's a young middle grade read about a little girl who loves animals and saving them is her passion. She saved beaver kits and want everyone to help while she is keeping the beaver in her room and prays that her parents or her sister will not come inside and see what she is doing. Madi's love for animals is such a lovely and cute thing, since I relate so much to her because as I was being a little girl I was saving all the animals out there and my parents weren't allowing me to keep them Somehow Madi's been a little courageous and she is finding a Foster for these lovely animals she finds. Love the bond with her grandmother and the fact that is keeping the tradition For sure I am going to buy this book at the release date for my niece. I think she is going to adore this one. Many thanks to the publisher and #netgalley for an advance readers copy of this book. It was a pleasure reading it

  23. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    This is a very quick middle school book about beavers being killed in the wild, and Madi trying to both solve who is doin the killing, as well as make sure that the kits (the baby beavers), are kept alive. She is not supposed to be rehabilitating them, but she knows how to do it, having learned it from her grandmother. The author said that she was inspired to write this story after hearing stories of beavers, and what they were like. She also interviewed rehabilitation experts, on what the best t This is a very quick middle school book about beavers being killed in the wild, and Madi trying to both solve who is doin the killing, as well as make sure that the kits (the baby beavers), are kept alive. She is not supposed to be rehabilitating them, but she knows how to do it, having learned it from her grandmother. The author said that she was inspired to write this story after hearing stories of beavers, and what they were like. She also interviewed rehabilitation experts, on what the best thing to do for kits would be. It is both a mystery, as well as a book on beavers, and all things related to them. Good way to get kids interested in nature, and being out in it. Thanks to Netgalley for making this book available for an honest reivew.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    I was originally drawn to the cover of this book, and I loved the premise. Rescue at Lake Wild tells the tale of three middle grade friends who find and rescue a trio of beaver kits while solving a mystery about who killed the beaver parents. There are lots of adventures and mishaps that follow the trio through the next few weeks. Personally, I felt like the kids had WAY too much freedom, and I would have preferred that they had an adult they could go to for help instead of constantly lying and h I was originally drawn to the cover of this book, and I loved the premise. Rescue at Lake Wild tells the tale of three middle grade friends who find and rescue a trio of beaver kits while solving a mystery about who killed the beaver parents. There are lots of adventures and mishaps that follow the trio through the next few weeks. Personally, I felt like the kids had WAY too much freedom, and I would have preferred that they had an adult they could go to for help instead of constantly lying and hiding the beavers. Even at the end, when Madi was grounded, she snuck out again (without resolution or consequence). Ultimately, the book had lots of really interesting animal facts that I think kids will enjoy! (I received this book free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.)

  25. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    With thanks to NetGalley and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children's Book Group for an early copy in return for an honest review. Just today my 4th grade students were telling me what makes them want to keep reading a book....when it has animals, when new mysteries keep popping up during the story, and there are adventures throughout the story...Rescue at Lake Wild has all those things, so I'd say it's one kids will enjoy! This is a quick middle grade read about friendship, family, and great lessons With thanks to NetGalley and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children's Book Group for an early copy in return for an honest review. Just today my 4th grade students were telling me what makes them want to keep reading a book....when it has animals, when new mysteries keep popping up during the story, and there are adventures throughout the story...Rescue at Lake Wild has all those things, so I'd say it's one kids will enjoy! This is a quick middle grade read about friendship, family, and great lessons on taking care of the environment. This would make a great read at the beginning of summer to encourage kids to head outside and observe nature.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Afoma (Reading Middle Grade)

    Rescue at Lake Wild is a sweet, entertaining, and informative book about rescuing animals, caring for beavers, and advocating for the environment. Animal-loving kids will gobble this short book up in no time. With a likable protagonist and a funny group of friends who love nature and the outdoors, this book will be a perfect summer companion! I highly recommend it and look forward to reading more of Johnson’s books. Read my full review on my blog. Many thanks to the publisher for an eARC of this b Rescue at Lake Wild is a sweet, entertaining, and informative book about rescuing animals, caring for beavers, and advocating for the environment. Animal-loving kids will gobble this short book up in no time. With a likable protagonist and a funny group of friends who love nature and the outdoors, this book will be a perfect summer companion! I highly recommend it and look forward to reading more of Johnson’s books. Read my full review on my blog. Many thanks to the publisher for an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review

  27. 4 out of 5

    Eileen Winfrey

    Madison and her two friends discover two beaver kits whose parents have been shot. Trying to care for the kits and discover who killed the parents (and why) embroils the three friends in an argument with their parents and with the township. I was invested, it was funny, and the ending was satisfying.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Manon

    This was such a wonderful tale, that had one of my favourite topics: the bonds humans can have with animals. Madi was such a fierce and strong character with a golden heart, it warmed my own to see how determined she was to save the little beavers! Can highly recommend this book!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Danielle Wood

    I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This was a cute book about a girl who learned about wildlife rescue from her late grandmother and seeks to follow in her footsteps. It wasn’t too long and the beavers were adorable. I enjoyed it!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Brenda

    Review closer to release date.

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