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Grade 4-6-In contrast to the powerful and affecting YA novel Speak (Farrar, 1999), Anderson's entry in this animal-centered series reads like vapid, formulaic fiction. Sunita is one of a group of student volunteers at the Wild at Heart animal clinic. She has a special relationship with Socrates, the clinic cat, and badly wants a feline of her own. Her parents, of course, are dead set against it, and her chances seem even bleaker after a rabies scare and the discovery of a community of dangerous feral cats. Predictably, Sunita does eventually get her pet, but not before readers have slogged through a veritable primer on feline care and animal control. This story will likely satisfy only the most avid fans of animal fiction.
Ronni Krasnow, formerly at Arlington County Public Library, VA
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Infused with emotion and information. (Children?s Literature) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Series: Vet Volunteers
  • Library Binding: 132 pages
  • Publisher: Paw Prints 2007-09-01 (September 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1435211286
  • ISBN-13: 978-1435211285
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,708,392 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Laurie Halse Anderson is the New York Times-bestselling author who writes for kids of all ages. Known for tackling tough subjects with humor and sensitivity, her work has earned numerous American Library Association and state awards. Two of her books, Speak and Chains, were National Book Award finalists. Chains also made the Carnegie Medal Shortlist in the United Kingdom.

Laurie was the proud recipient of the 2009 Margaret A. Edwards Award given by YALSA division of the American Library Association for her "significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature...". She was also honored with the ALAN Award from the National Council of Teachers of English and the St. Katharine Drexel Award from the Catholic Librarian Association.

Mother of four and wife of one, Laurie lives in Northern New York, where she likes to watch the snow fall as she writes. She and her husband, Scot, plus dogs Kezzie and Thor, and assorted chickens and other critters enjoy country living and time in the woods. When not writing or hanging out with her family, you can find Laurie training for marathons or trying to coax tomatoes out of the rocky soil in her backyard. You can follow her adventures on Twitter, http://twitter.com/halseanderson, and on her blog, http://madwomanintheforest.com/blog/.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on March 27, 2002
Format: Paperback
I think this was one out of the series that was one of the most exciting books. It's about Maggie's friend, Sunita Patel. Sunita loves cats. She works as a vet volunteer at Dr. Mac's clinic. One day Sunita and her friends are walking home from school and they come across an open field with a ton of cats walking around. One of the cats are feral and hurt. They take him to Dr. Mac. The only trouble is, the two kids that were feeding the cats before Sunita got here is that their mother is raving mad about the kids being around feral cats. Sunita must persuade the kids mom that not all cats are bad. Will Sunita change her mind after she is bitten by one? Find out in Homeless.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on November 28, 2000
Format: Paperback
Homeless was a wonderful book. It had a very good example of Feral Cats. It was also very good at showing that an animal born in the wild should stay in the wild... free. I liked this book because I want to be a Vet when I grow up and I am very intersted in Vet Clinics and that is where most of the scenes take place. The book was very unpredictable and I could never put the book down. I felt like I just HAD to finish it. I thought Cat Land was a very interesting setting. I loved all the cats in the story. I liked all the characters alot. This book was truely amazing and seemed better then Harry Potter to me.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 8, 2000
Format: Paperback
Brought to us by the same people who publish the American Girl Books Wild at Heart is a series about a group of pre-teens who volunteer at the Wild at Heart Veterinary Clinic and other books cover breaking up a puppy mill and the plight of manatees. Homeless addresses the issue of feral cats and in my opinion does it very well. While searching for the vets missing cat the kids happen upon a very large feral colony being fed by a couple of school age kids who use their allowance to buy cat food. The neighbors want Animal Control to take away all the ferals but the kids convince the vet to help and she introduces the community to "TVSR" which is an accronym I've never heard of but the author uses is for meaning "treat-vaccinate-spay-release"-most rescue groups use "TNR" for "Trap-Neuter-Return". With the exception of the use of the term "TVSR" the book very accurately explains how a feral cat colony gets there and addresses the issues of abandoned cats, raccoons being the main vector for rabies and the importance of responsible cat ownership. It is only 126 pages long and easy to read since it is written for pre-teens. This book would make a great addition to a shelter or rescue organizations library and sale table. It explains feral cat issues in the way of an interesting story.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Erika Sorocco on June 29, 2007
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Eleven-year-old star student, Sunita Patel, has longed to share her home with a cat for as long as she can remember. She wants nothing more than to wake up to a furry friend every morning, and bask in the sound of a feline purring. But, alas, her mother, Dr. Patel, refuses to make Sunita's dreams come true. An orthopedist, Dr. Patel is frightened of cats, and doesn't want to share a home with one. Luckily, Sunita receives her fill of feline love by volunteering at Dr. Mac's Place - a veterinary clinic that treats animals of all shapes and sizes. At Dr. Mac's Place, Sunita works alongside four other animal-obsessed friends - Brenna, Maggie, David, and Zoe. While each and every day at Dr. Mac's Place is full of laughter and tears, Sunita finds herself more attached to the case at hand, than any other previous cases she has seen in the past. When Dr. Mac's cat, Socrates, disappears after a cat fight, the vet volunteers begin a search to locate the beloved orange boy, only to stumble upon a place called Cat Land. Cat Land is located in a wooded area of a local neighborhood, where cats of all walks of life have taken up residence in an abandoned boxcar. Noted as a feral cat colony, Sunita is convinced that, with a little love and attention, these cats can live healthy, happy lives in homes with humans. But Cat Land is in danger. Local residents have become fed up with the overpopulation of wild cats, and are frightened of the oft-times aloof creatures. So, taking matters into their own hands, they contact Animal Control, and plan on having each and every one of the animals captured and destroyed. Sunita is devastated to learn this news, and is determined to find justice for these felines. Putting her head together with Dr.Read more ›
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bob Key on July 15, 2001
Format: Paperback
This book was very good, I thought. It was about Sunita and her love of cats. She doesn't understand Feral Cats-until she gets bitten by one. This book is about love and trust, faith and bravery, and homeless cats.
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There are already some very thorough reviews on this book, but I just had to share how much my 7 year old daughter and I loved this book. Our cat was a rescued feral kitten, so this is an issue close to our hearts. This book does a great job of talking in language my 7 year old could understand, yet I never felt like the issues were "dumbed" down for kids. I look forward to reading more of Anderson's books.
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By Silvia Jackson on April 25, 2014
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I can not say enough about the Vet Volunteers series. Great story line, engaging characters - making reading a joy!
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