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 Missing Mike
 Author: Green, Shari

 Publisher:  Pajama Press (2018)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 247 p.,  21 cm

 BTSB No: 395797 ISBN: 9781772780451
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 Dogs -- Fiction
 Wildfires -- Fiction
 Family life -- Fiction
 Novels in verse

Price: $21.86

After eleven-year-old Cara Donovan's family is evacuated from their home because of a wildfire, she is determined to find her rescue mutt, Mike, who ran off in a panic to escape the wildfire.

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Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 5.20
   Points: 4.0   Quiz: 503707

   Kirkus Reviews (07/15/18)
   School Library Journal (00/07/18)
   Booklist (03/01/19)

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School Library Journal - 07/01/2018 Gr 4–6—When wildfires threaten her small Canadian town of Pine Grove, almost 11-year-old Cara Donovan and her family must abruptly evacuate, leaving behind her beloved dog, Mike, who has run off in the turmoil. Devastated that she is abandoning her one-eyed, loyal companion, Cara vows to find Mike. Buoyed by the kindness of people at the evacuation city site, the Donovans spend nights with a host family, help sort food and clothing at the community center, get updates on the fires, and try to keep their spirits up. Cara befriends Jewel, a savvy foster kid, who helps her print posters about Mike, join a missing pets hotline, contact animal shelters, and even make a furtive but futile back roads attempt to find Mike in charred, off limits, Pine Grove. This novel-in-verse poignantly captures the harrowing impact of wildfires and the cascade of emotions that engulf Cara. She agonizes over Mike's fate, vacillates between hope and despair, and learns from the anxiety, grief, and resilience of others. Cara is an appealing, believable narrator whose story unfolds through succinct and vivid descriptions, interactions and vignettes with family and friends, and self-reflection. Her mix of fears, insecurities, optimism, and penchant for crossword puzzles will resonate. She discovers that home has many meanings. An appropriately realistic—but still happy and hopeful—ending brings a satisfying resolution. VERDICT Cara provides a dramatic and youthful eyewitness perspective on wildfires, evacuation operations, the kindness and generosity of strangers, and the traumatic uncertainty of loss. A timely addition to middle grade collections.—Gerry Larson, formerly at Durham School of the Arts, NC - Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

Booklist - 03/01/2019 Eleven-year-old Cara and her family are given 10 minutes to pack their belongings and flee their Pine Grove home when a wildfire threatens their town. Unfortunately, Cara's beloved dog, Mike, is nowhere to be found, so the family must leave without him. Following an agonizingly slow caravan to a safe zone, the family finds refuge, but Cara remains fixated on locating Mike. As anyone living in the West can tell you, summer wildfires are becoming the new normal. Green's free verse novel fairly brims with gripping descriptions of both the fire and Cara's taut emotional state, allowing readers a front-row seat to the devastation and fear that the fire generates. Also woven into the story are Cara's ruminations of home, many of which appear as answers to the crossword puzzles Cara solves to distract herself from her new reality. The ending offers some closure (spoiler alert: the house is a complete loss; Mike is found alive), but many recovery-related problems still remain. A fast-paced, compelling, and timely read. - Copyright 2019 Booklist.

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