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 Case file : Little Claws (Animal Rescue Agency)
 Author: Schrefer, Eliot

 Publisher:  HarperCollins (2021)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 153 p., ill., 21 cm

 BTSB No: 789855 ISBN: 9780062982339
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 Foxes -- Fiction
 Chickens -- Fiction
 Polar bears -- Fiction
 Adventure fiction
 Animal rescue -- Fiction
 Humorous fiction

Price: $21.88

Esquire Fox is a reformed raider of chicken coops who has turned to a life of rescuing helpless animals with her unlikely partner, Mr. Pepper, a blustery old rooster. When they are asked to save a polar bear cub from a drifting ice floe in the Arctic, they learn the peril of the cub was no accident.

 Illustrator: Duncan, Daniel
Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 5.60
   Points: 4.0   Quiz: 510594

   Kirkus Reviews (11/01/20)
   School Library Journal (12/01/20)
   Booklist (01/01/21)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 12/01/2020 Gr 2–5—When Esquire Fox and her partner Mr. Pepper, a gentlemanly rooster, get the message that an animal of some kind is trapped on an ice floe, they rush to the rescue. As the founders of the Animal Rescue Agency, they have sworn to help any animal who is in trouble. On arrival in Utqiagvik, Alaska, they learn that the animal they need to save is a baby polar bear named Little Claws. It has been stranded on an ice floe by a mysterious man in a white fur hat, who soon captures them as well. It will require the help of some unlikely animal allies and a daring adventure in the Arctic Sea to rescue the stranded polar bear while escaping the villainous poacher. With its odd-couple protagonists (the daring, but slightly vain Esquire Fox and stodgy, sensible Mr. Pepper), and entertaining portrayal of the animal world, this new series by the Endangered author is full of lighthearted adventure. Cartoon-style illustrations by Duncan add to the story's charm. The field notes at the end explain the real-life perils faced by polar bears in the face of climate change, and include resources explaining the causes of polar ice loss and how kids can help. This also includes a recipe for mushroom jerky. VERDICT This lively new series will appeal to fans of Elisabetta Dami's "Geronimo Stilton" and other anthropomorphic animal adventure stories.—Ashley Larsen, Pacifica Libraries, CA - Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

Booklist - 01/01/2021 In this amusing series opener, nattily dressed Esquire, a fearless fox, and fastidious Mr. Pepper, a remarkable rooster, run the renowned Animal Rescue Agency from their cozy Colorado headquarters. Operatives all over the world inform them of unfortunate critters in need of assistance, and the latest call is particularly urgent: a baby polar bear, separated from his mother on an ice floe, is heading straight into the clutches of a dangerous animal trafficker. The agents suit up—Esquire in a tweed coat, and Mr. Pepper in an altered teapot cozy—and head for the Arctic. The book really shines in its descriptive details, from the hilariously disjointed way that the “animal internet” operates (basically a lengthy game of telephone) to the coziness of a rat-run pub under an auto shop. It’s not all silliness, however, as there are plenty of ecological lessons, from the effects of global warming to human carelessness, and some additional “field notes” in the back provide greater detail. - Copyright 2021 Booklist.

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