Best Animals Books for Teen & Young Adults

Here are the top 30 animals books for teen & young adults. Please click Read Review to read book reviews on Amazon. You can also click Find in Library to check book availability at your local library. If the default library is not correct, please follow Change Local Library to reset it.

1. Voyage of the Basset

by: Alan Dean FosterRenwick St. James
Release date: Jan 10, 1996
Number of Pages: 168
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“Believing is Seeing”

In the tradition of such favorite classics as Gulliver’s Travels and Journey to the Center of the Earth, Voyage of the Basset takes the reader on a fantastical journey of discovery. Through richly detailed full-color paintings and line drawings, magical kingdoms emerge from a sea of dreams.

Cassandra Aisling, who is nine years and eleven months old, doesn’t care “a jot” about what sensible people think. She likes strange, mysterious, and magical things. So when her world gets tumbled upside down, she boards the H.M.S. Basset, ready to explore the landscape of her imagination. Pledging allegiance to the Basset’s motto, “Credendo do Vides…Believing is Seeing,” Cassandra, her skeptical older sister Miranda, and their father, Professor Algernon Aisling, set out in search of the ancient legends. From the flickering flight of fairies and the mermaids’ siren songs to a labyrinth-bound Minotaur and a fire-breathing dragon, the Aisling family witnesses firsthand the wonder of mythological worlds.

In this lavishly illustrated edition, Cassandra’s adventures intertwine with her father’s scientific scribblings to present both new tales and the essence of classical myths. From the two voices, readers learn the power of imagination, the importance of believing in oneself, the value of family, and the need for creative, cooperative problem-solving. The story of a magical journey and the exquisite fantasy artwork will appeal to young and old alike.

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Science Fiction & Fantasy

2. The Dreamer, The Schemer & The Robe (The Amazing Tales of Max & Liz, Book Two)

by: Jenny L. Cote
Release date: Jul 14, 2009
Number of Pages: 400
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Winner of the 2010 Gold Award from the Readers Favorite Book Review and Awards!

After saving Noah and family from the evil stowaway Charlatan aboard the ark in The Ark, the Reed, & the Fire Cloud, heroes Max and Liz, along with faithful mates Kate and Al, earn immortality and a directive from God to serve as His envoys for pivotal points in human history. They have waited for centuries for a word from the Maker; now they learn they are to work behind the scenes in the life of Joseph. In The Dreamer, The Schemer, & The Robe the fate of an entire nation rests in their paws.

All looks hopeless for the young teenager as Joseph s brothers sell him into slavery in Egypt. Has Charlatan returned to Egypt to once again stop Max and Liz from accomplishing their mission? With the help of two new characters, a British archeologist mouse and a forlorn camel, they must combat the forces of evil that are out to thwart their plans, leading them into mysterious adventures with pyramids and mummies. If Max and Liz fail in this mission, all of Egypt will suffer from famine, and the Hebrew nation will never be born.

Abounding in life lessons on struggle, enduring trials, forgiveness, and redemption, The Dreamer, The Schemer, & The Robe is a nonstop thriller filled with twists and turns, side-splitting humor, treachery and heartache, hope and redemption.

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Teen & Young Adult > Literature & Fiction > Religious > Christian > Fantasy

3. Old Dog Haven: Every Old Dog has a Story to Tell

by: Ardeth De Vries
Release date: Apr 06, 2015
Number of Pages: 174
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A celebration of hope, transformation and life lessons taught by old dogs and the people who love them. Old Dog Haven: Every Old Dog Has a Story to Tell is an amazing book that tells the inspiring stories of some of the dogs helped by Old Dog Haven. All sales proceeds benefit Old Dog Haven.
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Crafts, Hobbies & Home > Pets & Animal Care > Dogs

4. Hearten (Bayou Bear Chronicles Book 2)

by: Lila Felix
Release date: Jul 18, 2014
Number of Pages: 174
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Determined to be the best Beta he can, Rev has made sure to keep his distance from Martha, the female he knows to be his mate. He’s not sure he even knows how to be a decent mate to her.
All that changes when the Alpha and the Coeur conspire to make sure that Martha and Rev both face what they’ve known to be true for so long.
One look is all it takes, but there is so much more to being a mated couple than facing the claim.
Martha is not ready to give up anything in her life, not even to make room for him.
Rev is ready, but only as long as his female bends her life to fit into his.
Pushing and pulling, each one will have to decide which is more important—the life they’ve built, or the one they could have together.

This young adult shifter story is a continuation of Burden (Bayou Bear Chronicles). Each book in the series has it’s own HEA.

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Teen & Young Adult > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Paranormal & Urban

5. When Eagles Roar: The Amazing Journey of an African Wildlife Adventurer

by: James Alexander CurrieBonnie J. FladungMargo Gabrielle Damian
Release date: Nov 13, 2014
Number of Pages: 315
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Follow the daring safari of James Currie as his love of birds, fascination with wildlife and craving for adventure lead him into humorous and life threatening situations. James captures the essence of what it means to be African today, facing everything from the Big Five to the vestiges of apartheid to the AIDS epidemic. He provides authoritative information on African wildlife and illustrates hair-raising encounters with lions, buffalo, leopards, elephants, rhinoceros and snakes though exciting and humorous stories. The book follows James’s journey from city boy to conservationist and shows what it takes to become an African game ranger. From his first graphic encounter with the brutality of nature on Table Mountain in South Africa to his disappearance as a boy on safari in Malawi to the rigorous training he underwent to become a game ranger at Phinda Private Game Reserve, this book will delight and educate anyone fascinated with nature, wildlife, travel and adventure. James provides wonderful insights into African conservation and a fascinating glimpse into the importance of cross-cultural relationships in Africa’s wildlife tourism environment. He details his own inner journey overcoming physical challenges and finding the balance between following passions and what’s important in life.
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Science & Math > Biological Sciences > Animals > Wildlife

6. Fantastic Felines

by: Laurel Burch
Release date: Apr 01, 1997
Number of Pages: 144
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Laurel Burch knows her cats. Painted in glowing, jewel-like colors against vibrant, wildly patterned backgrounds, dozens of fantastic felines pounce, play, and pose in a captivating compendium of cat portraits. With annual sales of a half-million dollars for her cat-related lines alone, Burch has turned her exuberant felines into a booming business. Now, the same images that appear on her stupendously successful jewelry, apparel, and giftware are available in Fantastic Felines, her first and only book. Gloriously printed in brilliant colors, Fantastic Felines offers Laurel Burch’s worldwide fans the complete collection of the cat images that have become her signature. This gorgeous, color-drenched book is a necessity for Laurel Burch collectors as well as a delightful gift for every cat lover.
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Arts & Photography > Individual Artists

7. Finny and the Boy from Horse Mountain

by: Andrea Young
Release date: Feb 23, 2016
Number of Pages: 320
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Against the backdrop of the high-moneyed and sometimes unscrupulous equestrian sport of show jumping, Finny, a fifteen-year-old girl in California, adopts an emaciated, untrained horse without her parents’ knowledge. Soon after adopting Sky, Finny meets Joe, a sixteen-year-old, who has run away from his cruel uncle in Montana. His love for horses and desire to be a trainer match Finny’s dream of competing in the show jumping arena?against rich girls on fancier horses?and together, they train Sky to become a first-rate show jumper.

But the path is fraught with danger. Sky is not like other horses and is so destructive and difficult he gets them kicked out of the barn where Finny has been working and training. Helped by a kind woman who owns a horse rescue, Joe is able to prove both his and Sky’s incredible talents. When Joe is kidnapped by his violent uncle, Finny and Sky are the only ones who can save him. In a breathtaking finale, Sky and Finny must enter the underworld of the rodeo circuit, an after-hours, illegal race, where they will risk their lives to save the boy they love. Young demonstrates a masterful ability to set a breakneck pace and keep it up until the end of the novel. Finny and Joe are enduring characters who are sure to appear in upcoming sequels.

Sky Pony Press, with our Good Books, Racehorse and Arcade imprints, is proud to publish a broad range of books for young readers?picture books for small children, chapter books, books for middle grade readers, and novels for young adults. Our list includes bestsellers for children who love to play Minecraft; stories told with LEGO bricks; books that teach lessons about tolerance, patience, and the environment, and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.

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Children’s Books > Animals > Horses

8. Walpajirri: The Legend of an Easter Bilby: The Adventures of a Rabbit-Eared Bandicoot in the Australian Desert

by: M.E. SkeelJennie Donald
Release date: Mar 20, 2016
Number of Pages: 53
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This is a true to life animal adventure that your children will love. Are you tired of reading stories to your children about animals that wear clothes and act like humans? Would you like to read an exciting animal story that will teach you and your children real facts about wildlife? Then this is a book you will really enjoy.

Learn about life in the Australian desert.
Learn about unique and mysterious Australian animals with strange names like ningauis, bilbies and mulgaras.

Enjoy the exciting adventures of an animal perfectly adapted to life in one of the most difficult environments in the world.

This is a story about an Australian animal called a Bilby or a Rabbit-Eared Bandicoot. In Australia many of us celebrate Easter with an Easter Bilby instead of an Easter Bunny in order to raise awareness of our unique wildlife. Rabbits in Australia are an introduced pest species that do enormous harm to the environment. We want to promote our unique wildlife instead.

The author is a biologist who has studied, rescued and rehabilitated numerous species of Australian wildlife. She has written a book that educates people about wildlife in the context of a believable and exciting adventure. She can take you and your children into a whole new world beyond your normal animal fairy tale.

There is more to Australia than just kangaroos and koalas. Read this book and learn about many wonderful and unique animals while enjoying the adventures of a little rabbit-eared bandicoot who became an Easter Bilby.

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Science & Math > Nature & Ecology > Endangered Species

9. How to be a Hero

by: Nick Sharma
Release date: Apr 13, 2016
Number of Pages: 268
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Join Amith as he heads on a quest to become a hero to save one of his most beloved family members.
  How to be a Hero is a magical realism tale about a young, brash little boy named Amith. He and his best friend Shaneel play together in the streets of their isolated, poverty-stricken village in India. They sneak through alleyways and sit on top of walls to get glimpses of movies that inspire their clever fantasies. Because, in their minds, they are not kids, they are heroes. So they dream like only children can, imagining stories and creating wondrous illusions of being heroes just to escape the sickness and death that surround them. But then, death makes its presence felt, as someone very close becomes ill, and the kids once imagined skills are put to the real test. After being inspired by a movie that they think is real, they venture out into the foreboding Indian Jungle to find the Holy Grail to cure them of their troubles. But they are not alone. Accompanying them is a lonely, love-stricken, relentless little girl, named Karishma, who leads them into the depths of the darkness. And it is in this abyss-like mysterious and unending jungle where they are taken to their very limits.
  Friendships are on the line, bravery is put to the test, and love plays its dirty tricks, as the very real danger of reality surfaces and the kids are forced to suffer the consequences of their actions. Hopes, dreams, truth, and regret fill their minds, as they realize they are the most fragile creatures in the jungle, and they must each find out what it truly means to be a hero.
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Teen & Young Adult > Literature & Fiction > Action & Adventure > Survival Stories

10. Big-Stamp Two-Toes the Barefoot Giant: Spring Tales of Tiptoes Lightly

by: Reg Down
Release date: Jun 30, 2006
Number of Pages: 100
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Tiptoes Lightly is a fairy who lives in an acorn high in the branches of a Great Oak Tree. Big-Stamp Two-Toes the Barefoot Giant follows her adventures – and those of her friends – through springtime at Farmer John’s. On the way Ompliant the Elephant has his leg pulled by Chit-Chat the Chipmunk; Tiptoes sails down to the sea and brings Spinner the Dolphin up Running River to see flowers for the very first time; Tom Nutcracker tracks giant footprints into the forest but gets himself treed, and Meadow Mouse almost gets eaten by Tiger (luckily Mr. Owl the Vegetarian saves her!) Along the way tales and legends are told: Miranda the spring pixie tells how the little blue and yellow Forget-me-not came to be; Mr. Rabbit tells all the mouselings about the Legend of Oak Knoll Warren, and the spirit of ‘The Rock’ reveals how he came to be lying in the middle of the forest far away from the mountains (because of Big-Stamp Two-Toes the Barefoot Giant, of course!)

Big-Stamp Two-Toes the Barefoot Giant is lavishly illustrated by the artist-author. These stories are reverent, humorous, sanguine and even, at times, spiritual. They are innocent and magical tales, suitable for reading to young children or for young children to read.

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Science & Math > Biological Sciences > Animals

11. Serpentauria: Ark of Extinction

by: Erik SheinDennis Lowery
Release date: Dec 08, 2011
Number of Pages: 234
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About the Book: Packed with thrills, science and fantasy. Sara Tsvetkov is not a typical 11 year old girl, and her mom and dad are not the typical run-of-the-mill parents in modern suburbia. They lead a team dedicated to saving and protecting animals, and discovering how to use nature to find cures for many deadly diseases that ravage mankind. Added in is the Tsvetkov’s quest to save the world’s endangered animals and bring once-extinct species back to life using recovered DNA and cutting-edge cloning techniques. A diary and medallion given to Sara’s mother Marina by her grandmother compels them to make a startling discovery in Peru. It solidifies belief in the power of her legacy and the importance of working with nature to solve many of the problems faced by mankind. This discovery, and Marina’s work with and love of snakes, lead Sara’s father to exploring the use of natural venoms in the development of cancer-fighting medicines. That secret research into a cancer cure draws the unwanted interest of others. All want to steal the research and its byproduct, a fast-acting super-toxin with no antidote that makes its victims appear to have died by snakebite. The truth about Sara’s family and their work is revealed as we find that their secret facility concealed inside a South American mountain hides far more than anyone can imagine.
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Teen & Young Adult > Literature & Fiction > Action & Adventure > Fantasy

12. Star of Shadowbrook Farm (Thoroughbred)

by: Joanna Campbell
Release date: May 06, 1998
Number of Pages: 192
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Can Susan ever ride again?

Susan has fallen off her horses before. After all, she’s been riding since she was young. But this last spill was different. Susan only broke her wrist, but she knows it could have been a lot worse for her or the horse. And it was her own fault. Now, just thinking about riding terrifies her.

Then Evening Star comes to the horse farm where Susan lives. Star’s elegant gait and graceful stride show he could become a champion jumper. But he was mistreated by his former owner, and as a result he trust no one in the stableexcept Susan. Susan knows that only she can make Star a winner, but she also knows that she isn’t ready to ride again…

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Teen & Young Adult > Literature & Fiction > Humorous

13. Fragile Creatures

by: Kristina Circelli
Release date: Feb 23, 2014
Number of Pages: 274
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Seventeen-year-old Evangeline Frost had a great life, until the car accident that killed her father and turned her mother into a bitter alcoholic. Unable to bear the guilt, Evangeline attempts to take her own life, saved only by the memory of her beloved father.

Left with no other options, Evangeline is enrolled in a program for troubled teens at Kindred Hides Wildlife Preserve. There she meets Caster, a keeper as annoying as he is caring; Jett and Lettie, who treat her more like a daughter than troubled teen; and Ruke, a prized giraffe in mourning for his lost mate.

Immersed in the preserve with her new friends, Evangeline finally begins to heal. But the haunting memories of the accident and her mother’s unforgiving words threaten to destroy her progress. Only her new friends and their unconditional support, along with her own special connection with Ruke, can save her.

Evangeline must learn that there is redemption for her father’s death, and that the bonds between human, animal, and life are not as fragile as she once thought.

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Literature & Fiction > Genre Fiction > Coming of Age

14. Beatrix Potter 1866 – 1943: The Artist and Her World

by: Judy TaylorJoyce Irene WhalleyAnne Stevenson HobbsElizabeth M. Battrick
Release date: May 01, 1988
Number of Pages: 224
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Originally published as the official companion to the 1978/88 exhibition at the Tate Gallery, this beautiful book explores the art of Beatrix Potter. The influences of contemporary artists, her flowering as an artist and a writer of books for children, and her later life as farmer and conservationist are all demonstrated through more than 450 colour and black-and-white reproductions of her work. The authoritative text, combined with attractive layout, full index and source list make this a most comprehensive book on one of the greatest twentieth century children’s authors and artists.
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Arts & Photography > Individual Artists

15. The Feast of the Moon: a novel of exceptional fierceness

by: Brian Wapole
Release date: Jan 25, 2012
Number of Pages: 294
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Humans know nothing of danger, less of death and therefore do not live with honor. So thinks our hero-hamster until he meets the girl who will become the love of his life: the source of his greatest joy and deepest loss. The Feast of the Moon is fiction for middle grade and junior high readers, their moms and dads and anyone who has ever loved a pet. With humor and by thrilling adventure (by hamster standards), it explores how brothers and sisters get along, as well as the nature of life, danger and friendship. Whether persevering through the hazing by the girl’s older brother, the assaults by the family cat, or attacks by predators in the wild, he adheres to his philosophy of “Honor and Danger”…until he discovers the surprising concept of “Cherish.” It is a tale told by a hamster. But as he tells the story – being snatched by humans as a youngster; learning to love his adolescent owner; escaping into the prairie; his reunion with his human friend – our hamster learns as much about himself as he does the sky-wide prairie.
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Teen & Young Adult

16. Henry and Mudge and the Bedtime Thumps

by: Cynthia RylantSucie Stevenson
Release date: Apr 01, 1996
Number of Pages: 40
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FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. In this adventure, Henry and Mudge spend a scary night together at Henry’s grandmother’s house in the country.
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Teen & Young Adult

17. The Joy of Horton

by: Andrea Comer
Release date: Feb 20, 2016
Number of Pages: 217
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After many years of rescuing elderly pugs. In 2008 we were asked to take in a little disabled Pug puppy who we named Horton. Horton changed our lives and touched the hearts of everyone who ever met him. The Joy of Horton is a celebration of a life well lived by a little pug who was small in stature but had the true spirit of a lion dwelling within him. Horton was cheeky and fearless and funny and wonderful. Chapter after chapter tells of the adventures he got up to living on a farm in the company of his seven elderly brothers and sisters. Horton stalked our sheep and got kissed by our Clydesdale, he took a huge amount of joy in every single day he was given. Horton shared our life for three glorious years before we lost him. This book is a story of strength and determination. Horton wasn’t a quitter; he faced things head on and got on with living the best life he could regardless of the body he had born into. Horton got pushed around our paddocks in a beautiful blue and white pram and called out to the sheep and horses as he went along, trying to encourage them to come over and play with him. On the ground he was bold and fearless and would shuffle up to our Clydesdale like he wasn’t even aware of the differences in sizes. It was the same with our flock of sheep. Horton would peep through the fence watching the livestock grazing and again shouting out to them to come closer. And as for the old pugs in the house, well they took on a new lease of life, some mothered him, some played with him and some jumped up on the couch to have a break from him.
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Crafts, Hobbies & Home > Pets & Animal Care > Dogs

18. Never Invite an Alligator to Lunch!

by: Sherry Westergard
Release date: May 31, 2015
Number of Pages: 36
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“NEVER Invite an Alligator to Lunch!” delivers a fun, action-packed, entertaining story featuring delightful characters. The trouble-causing but puny and playful A-Z suddenly shows up in Maddie’s alleged magical kitchen. Maddie, an 8 year-old dreaming of becoming a fabulous chef, invites A-Z to lunch for cooking practice. But more is stirring around Maddie than she had planned! That includes ALL the food is disappearing, but she’s determined to keep going…until what? LB is an ambitious tiny ladybug photographer claiming his pictures reveal the true story behind the chaos! Or is he, in fact, trying to cover up his own role in the mischief? Kids and adults alike tend to giggle as they read the book aloud and enjoy the humorous illustrations enhancing the story right up to its enchanting surprise ending. Similar to children’s books by Dr. Seuss, the fun use of language and action encourages children to love reading while developing essential literacy skills. Go ahead and click on the Look Inside feature for a free glimpse of the fun. But be warned-watch out for the alligator’s tail! Recommended for adults to read aloud to young children, and for beginning and early readers: Preschool and Kindergarten-2nd Grade; Ages 3-8. *The eBook version is popup text enabled.
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Teen & Young Adult

19. Putting Your Pet First: A Veterinarian’s Perspective

by: John S. Sleasman
Release date: May 05, 2016
Number of Pages: 87
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What is it like to have a seriously ill, beloved pet and not be able to afford needed veterinary care?

Today, this difficult situation is faced by 60% of all pet owners.

How and why did this plight come to be?

Are there options available for pet owners facing this money-emotion dilemma?

After addressing this dilemma daily, as a practicing veterinarian for forty years, Dr. John Sleasman felt a compelling, heartfelt need to share his stories and perspective in this book.

John S. Sleasman, DVM is an experienced practitioner on the unique subject of veterinary medicine. His forty years of practice provides a revealing, humorous, and educational viewpoint of the universal love of the family pet. His experiences highlight the remarkable bond between humans and pets.

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A Must Read for All Pet Lovers
I read this book in one sitting. I laughed, I cried, but mostly I marveled at how many lives (pets and people) John’s work touched and enhanced. In full disclosure, I attended high school with John and found out about his book from one of our classmates.

John’s book went beyond what I’d expected, as it was not just another wonderful collection of James Herriot tales of a vet’s life. It was this, therefore the laughing and the crying, but it also made me aware as to the effects that big business can have upon the quality of life for those of us who love our pets almost as much as we love our kids. It also impressed upon me how important it is to stay informed about our pet’s health and to do the research necessary regarding the options that may be available.

Valuable information interspersed with heartwarming stories of living a meaningful life.
Author: John S. Sleasman, DVM
Print Length: 87 pages
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Kitsap Publishing
Release Date: March 2016
Sold by: Kitsap Publishing
Language: English

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Crafts, Hobbies & Home > Pets & Animal Care

20. The Hidden Canyon: A River Journey

by: John BlausteinEdward AbbeyMartin Litton
Release date: Apr 01, 1999
Number of Pages: 144
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The Grand Canyon continues to be the most popular of our national parks. While millions gaze at its cliffs each year, only 15,000 float through the canyon on the Colorado River. A landmark portrait of the Grand Canyon, this is the only photography book to document this amazing journey from river level. Now this classic is back in print, with an updated preface and introduction and a dozen new photographs. A journal in photos and words, The Hidden Canyon captures the desert landscape and the thrill of the rapids. Edward Abbey’s journal—filled with wry humor and respect for the canyon—describes the journey as the dories (small wooden boats) alternately float and charge through the breathtaking landscapes and some of the roughest white water in North America.?
?Visit the author’s site at: http://www.johnblaustein.com.
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Arts & Photography > Photography & Video > Nature & Wildlife > Plants & Animals

21. The Day the Goose Got Loose

by: Reeve LindberghSteven Kellogg
Release date: Sep 04, 1990
Number of Pages: 32
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Just how much havoc can one goose cause? The whole farm’s awash in comic chaos when a long-neckted mischief-maker flies the coop. Soon after, the entire barnyard is escaping, and the stampede will go on till dawn, with laughter lasting even longer. Amid the merry mayhem, the goose’s owners are all wondering just what got into that bird!
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Teen & Young Adult

22. The Red Claw (The Sea Purrtector Files Book 1)

by: Jeanne FoguthKiara Graham
Release date: Oct 26, 2014
Number of Pages: 176
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Dame Esmeralda, the Purrsident’s littermate, has been catnapped. Xander de Hunter, Catamondo’s Sea Purrtector hurries to Jamaica to help rescue her, even though Jamaica is one of Dogdom’s strongholds.
Could this be a trap?
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Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Mystery > Cozy > Animals

23. Risky Business: Kovak & Quaid Horse Mystery Series (Kovak & Quaid Horse Mysteries Book 4)

by: Toni Leland
Release date: Apr 20, 2015
Number of Pages: 348
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“Hello, Kimmie.”

Ex-cop Kim Kovak is stunned. Peter is back, the former fiancé who abandoned her years ago during her painful recovery from a career-ending injury. Why is he here? What is he after?

Garrett Quaid, Kim’s part-time investigative partner and now close friend, is wondering the same thing.

And then the cases start cropping up.

On a photo shoot at a horse show featuring the Black Horsemen of Ohio, Kim observes what might be a racially motivated attack against a young protégé of the group’s sponsor, legendary African American horse trainer Bill Scott. When odd things begin to happen at Scott’s own stables, Kim is asked to investigate, but immediately finds herself surrounded by stonewalls. Mouths are closed, everyone is hiding things, and nothing is what it seems.

Meanwhile, Quaid is being wooed by a new insurance company, and agrees to take on an assignment to test the waters. His mission is to look into a suspiciously high number of claims generated by a series of very sudden horse deaths at an Indiana racetrack. As he begins seining for information, clues are scarce and suspects ellusive. Could this number of deaths be accidental? Coincidental? Or are they deliberate?

Weave in a tangle of deceptions, obsessions and schemes, and the mystery business gets extra risky, especially when Kovak and Quaid start pulling the threads in Toni Leland’s fourth book in the series.

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Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Mystery > Cozy > Animals

24. Surrender at Sunrise: Book 3 of the Sunset Trilogy

by: Tonya Royston
Release date: Jul 21, 2016
Number of Pages: 314
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On her own since Noah walked away, Laken finds her resistance to Xander crumbling. As she turns to him for comfort, the stranger in the woods reappears, threatening Xander and his father, Caleb.

When Caleb reveals the secrets he and Xander have been protecting, Laken realizes she must stop at nothing to help them defeat the stranger. But Xander eludes him, and Laken is captured instead. Facing an unknown fate at the hands of a mad man driven by greed and jealousy, she resolves to fight to the bitter end for her life and her love.

The stakes are high, and no one, including Dakota, is safe. Will Laken survive, or will the curse she tossed aside as a fairy tale prove to be true?

(Twenty-five cents for every print and ebook copy sold will be donated to the Ian Somerhalder Foundation.)

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Teen & Young Adult > Literature & Fiction > Social & Family Issues > Self Esteem & Reliance

25. Trouble on the St. Johns River (Mom’s Choice Awards Winner 2009)

by: Jane R. WoodElizabeth A. Blacker
Release date: Apr 15, 2008
Number of Pages: 156
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In Trouble on the St. Johns River, the Johnson kids Joey, Bobby and Katy are up to their adventurous ways again. But this time, instead of exploring history, they re making it! Joey and Bobby start their summer vacation by setting out for their favorite fishing pond, but end up leading a crusade to clean up the environment instead. Finding the pond covered with green muck and dead fish, the brothers decide to do something about it. That leads to a close encounter with a manatee, a visit to a center that rehabilitates injured sea turtles, and a boat tour on the St. Johns River. What they learn through these experiences inspires them to create The Greenies and chart a course of action that captures the attention of many, including a local TV station. By the end of the story, Joey, who thought there was nothing kids could do to make a difference, realizes that perhaps they are the very ones who can. It s a story of awakening that will inspire young readers to become more aware of their environment and give them some ideas on how to preserve it. Trouble on the St. Johns River is the third book in a series written by Jane R. Wood, a former teacher. Her first book, Voices in St. Augustine, is a mystery that takes place in the Nation s Oldest City. Adventures on Amelia Island: A Pirate, A Princess, and Buried Treasure includes tales of pirates, ghosts, and treasure that is rumored to still be hidden on the historic island. All three books are intended for young readers ages 9-14. Teacher resources are available on the author s.
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Teen & Young Adult

26. The Woods of Wicomico

by: Nuala C. GalbariButtons Boggs
Release date: Jul 15, 2010
Number of Pages: 152
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During the hot, lazy days of summer, life in the woods of Wicomico is peaceful. Mukki the muskrat makes herbal teas, Cornelius the crow fruitlessly tries to take a midday nap, and young Timothy Trumble the tortoise marvels at the world around him. But when humans plan to build a new development in their woodland, the community of animals springs into action to save their homes. Join a host of loveable characters as they work together to stop the destruction of the Wicomico woodland and preserve their way of life. Travel with them on the Chesapeake Bay, where they meet new friends and find a bright world outside the Wicomico woods. After an ample share of excitement, they learn that small animals can make a difference and discover that plenty of wisdom can be found right at home. Songs, vocabulary, and fun facts about the history and wildlife of the Chesapeake Bay, make The Woods of Wicomico a delightful educational experience for the whole family. This imaginative, richly illustrated, story invites us all to discover, enjoy, and preserve the natural world around us.
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Teen & Young Adult > Literature & Fiction

27. Dingoes of the Outback

by: Josie Cluney
Release date: Mar 10, 2016
Number of Pages: 52
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Dingoes of the Outback is a tale of friendship and adventure, and follows the journey of two female dingoes as they travel through the dusty Australian outback in hopes of finding a place they can call home.
Along the way they will encounter strays, other dingoes, and have run-ins with mankind.
But can the two girls find the place they seek? Or will they be forever roaming the outback?
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Teen & Young Adult

28. Honor Bound (Tides of War #2)

by: C. Alexander London
Release date: Dec 30, 2014
Number of Pages: 229
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Based on a real military program! The US Navy’s new breed of soldier is ready to make a big splash.

An action-packed, maritime military adventure from the author of Dog Tags.

A notorious Somalian pirate sails the Arabian Sea, leading a band of deadly thieves and mercenaries on an international crime spree. When they take American hostages aboard a cargo ship, they’ve finally gone too far — and a special task force of Navy SEALs and Marines is called in to help. SEALs, Marines . . . and a talented sea lion named Sly.

As Sly’s handler, young sailor Felix has two important jobs. Job one is to get Sly to plant a beacon so that the U.S. strike force can follow the pirates back to their haven. Job two is to keep the sea lion safe and out of combat. But when the mission goes wrong and the pirates get the upper hand, Felix and Sly end up right in the middle of the action . . . with dozens of innocent lives at stake.

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Teen & Young Adult > Literature & Fiction > Action & Adventure

29. Alistair the Alligator

by: Harry PorterAmanda SorensenBrian L. Porter
Release date: Jan 18, 2010
Number of Pages: 28
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What is a toothless alligator to do when he is so very hungry?
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Teen & Young Adult

30. Flame – The Horse that Refused to Die

by: Bill Reilly
Release date: May 02, 2014
Number of Pages: 160
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This book is for anyone who cares about horses, any domestic animals and books about human nature.  All of the cases in this book are real and everything that is written is true.

The drama and suspense will leave you wondering how people can abuse these wonderful creatures but feel satisfied that there are many people who really care and will go to all ends to prevent it.

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Science & Math > Biological Sciences > Animals > Horses

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