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Jake Reynolds: Chicken or Eagle?
By author: Sara Leach
Selling Points: "Courage, wolves, friendship, islands"
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: Oct/01/2009
Lexile Level: 540L
Pages: 112
Fiction Ages 8-11
Price:  $7.95
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Jake woke in the middle of the night with his heart pounding. Something had startled him out of a dream. What was it?

He strained his eyes to see in the dark. A beam of moonlight shone through the skylight, allowing him to to see the outline of the other bunk bed. His younger sister Sierra's breathing was the only sound in the bunkhouse. Had he heard his parents moving around in the main cabin? He didn't think so.

Then he heard the noise again. Howling.

Eleven-year-old Jake Reynolds wants to save seal pups from the talons of bald eagles, protect his little sister Sierra and confront the wolf he is sure stalks Hidalgo Island. But his best friend Emily calls him a chicken, comforts Sierra when she falls and doesn't believe the wolf exists. Even as Jake hears howling in the night, part of him hopes Emily is right; he may dream of being a hero, but he is terrified by the thought of running into a wolf. When Jake leads Emily into the woods in search of adventure, he finds more than he bargained for—and discovers things about himself that he never knew existed.
BookLinx - January 30, 2012
"An exciting novel for middle graders."
CM Magazine - March 5, 2010
"Introduces concepts about friendship, family responsibility and conserving natural spaces. Author Leach examines each with sensitivity and age-appropriate language…Recommended."
Booklist - January 1, 2010
"A heart-pounding climax and a very satisfying resolution to his fears. Information about living in harmony with the environment is seamlessly incorporated. Introverted Jake is similar to Greg Heffley in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, but his struggles are developed in a much more serious vein."


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