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Friday, 17 August 2012

Animal SOS by Kelly McKain

The Mystery of the Cliff-top Dog - Animal SOS Bk.1 The mystery of the cliff-top dog
Leah and Amy may be total opposites, but when it comes to helping animals in danger they make the perfect team! When Amy moves to "White Horse Bay" she can't wait to start her riding lessons at the local stables. There she meets fiery Leah, and soon the girls are caught up in their first adventure. Amy has spotted an injured dog stranded on a cliff and the owners are nowhere to be seen. With a terrible storm coming the girls need a plan, and fast - It's Animal S.O.S. to the rescue!

The Haunted House Kittens - Animal SOS Bk.2 The Haunted House Kittens
Leah and Amy may be total opposites, but when it comes to helping animals in danger they make the perfect team! When the girls discover a litter of kittens whilst exploring a spooky manor house, they know their next adventure has begun! It seems someone has been feeding the kittens, but the house has been empty for years. As Leah and Amy start to unravel the manor's secrets, they find themselves in terrible danger. Who are the sinister visitors creeping around the gardens and what are they up to? Animal S.O.S. is on the case! 

When I first saw these books, my first impression was that they would be the modern day Secret Seven, however when I read them I realised although they were not exactly the same, there are some similarities!

Amy moves, along with her mother, to White Horse Bay, which is very different from the busy town they had left. She soon meets Leah, whose mother owns the local stables and a friendship is soon formed between the two.

The girls are soon firm friends and when they were together they found animals in need - in the first book a dog stuck on a cliff during a thunder storm and in the second a litter of kittens with no mother in sight, animals which the girls feel they have to rescue.

The books are well written and are ideal for confident readers. These are great books for animal lovers who want something different to the 'normal' cute and cuddly animal stories that I have seen for this age range. Although the main characters within the books are female, I am sure that the stories would appeal to both girls and boys.

I would recommend these books to animal lovers who are confident readers.

Thank you to the publishers, Stripes Publishing, for sending me the books to review.
 

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