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Fiction Ages 6-8
Pages: 80
Themes: Waterton Lakes National Park, salamanders, conservation, rescue, ecology, nature, wildlife preservation, migration
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 26/Apr/2016
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Cricket McKay is back and answering a new SOS: "Save Our Salamanders!"

Cricket McKay has lived in Waterton all her life, so she is surprised to discover an animal she hasn’t seen before: the long-toed salamander. She finds a band of them migrating from the pond to their hibernation grounds at Crandell Mountain. Crossing the road that lies between the pond and the mountain is dangerous enough, but now a newly-constructed curb makes their journey even more challenging. Can Cricket and her friends come up with a solution to help the salamanders?

Salamander Rescue is the second book featuring Cricket and friends.

Kirkus Reviews
"Simple, accurate descriptions of specific research methods and of salamander features shine. Unsubtle empowerment for young environmentalists."
CM Magazine
"McDowell’s writing style is clear and interesting. Her use of clear vocabulary...give the reader a good idea of the story and action even where an illustration is not present. Illustrations by Kasia Charko are excellent and give a clear picture of difficult conceptualizing, especially her depiction of how the final ramp looked and how it was used by the salamanders. Recommended."
School Library Connection
"A great step-into-reading chapter book for younger readers...recommended."


CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens  | 2016 | Commended
Children's Book Council Best STEM Trade Books  | 2019 | Commended


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