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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (63 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sue Stauffacher Narrator: Harlie Vaughn Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Animal Rescue Team Series Release Date: May 2010 ISBN: 9780307738448
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Meet the Carters: Mr. and Mrs. Carter, 10-year-old daughter Keisha, five-year-old Razi, baby Paolo, and Grandma Alice. Together, they run Carters' Urban Rescue, the place you call when you've got an animal where it shouldn't be. In their first adventure, there's a baby alligator at the city pool, which will seriously interfere with opening day, especially Keisha's cannonball practice. So it's up to the whole family to figure out what to do with the poor guy who has no business hanging around Michigan. Luckily for all of them, and thanks to some serious ingenuity from Keisha, the answer is closer than they ever could have imagined.
Sue Stauffacher turns to her first series effort with Animal Rescue Team. With compelling plots based on actual events in her community, Sue has created a lovable cast of characters of boys and girls, young and old, who feel like people you'd meet at your neighborhood block party. Written in an accessible and engaging style meant to appeal to those independent readers looking to be excited and entertained, and with subplots about friendship, siblings, the environment, and animal conservation, along with plenty of humor, these will be a hit with teachers and librarians, and parents, as well as kids themselves.

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Quotes & Awards

  • "Situational comedy, appealing spot art, and a personable protagonist will give this series broad appeal Booklist

  • Take one appealing family, add a fashion-crazy grandmother, mix with one abandoned alligator, and you have the first in a promising new series for middle-grade readers. The Horn Book Magazine 
  • "An excellent family or classroom readaloud, and kids (and adults) who join the Carter team will eagerly await their next adventure. The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
  • "Grand Rapids resident Sue Stauffacher knows her audience. She gets that young readers love animals, adventure and lots of action. She gets that parents and teachers are looking for stories that broaden children’s understanding of family and the world. All those things come together on Stauffacher’s new Animal Rescue Team series. The Grand Rapids Press

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Betsy | 5/17/2013

    " One Sentence Review: I think I may have liked this one a little better than some of the other books in the same series, but it still doesn't really ring true for me and could do with some tightening. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judy Moody | 2/16/2013

    " I enjoyed this book. It was a fun read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruby | 1/20/2013

    " very good so far... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Louanne Winkle | 1/9/2013

    " A fun adventure by a Grand Rapids author, based on a true alligator rescue in Alger Heights. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristen | 2/14/2012

    " This was a cute story for young-ish elementary aged kids about the Carter family, who deals with animal control situations in their Michigan town. When an alligator appears in the local pool on Memorial Day weekend, the Carters end up taking the job. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 April | 11/20/2011

    " First book in a very charming series about an interracial girl whose family are animal rescuers. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 10/9/2011

    " Cute 4th grade book about a family who rescues wild animals. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda Clark | 7/14/2011

    " I liked the factual information "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suzanne | 5/27/2010

    " This was a fun book. Definitely for younger readers. I learned a LOT about alligators. "

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About the Author

Sue Stauffacher is a former book reviewer, and her novels for young readers include Harry SueDonutheart, and Donuthead. She lives with her husband in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

About the Narrator

Harlie Vaughn is an audiobook narrator whose readings include the Animal Rescue Team series by Sue Stauffacher.