Seeing that I've been posting my pet art all week on my blog, I thought this was a perfect time to give a shout out to a really fun chapter book series, Laurie Halse Anderson's Vet Volunteers. I have only read one of these thus far, but I enjoyed the first one so very much, I want to read every single one,. They are fun to read, but they are not dumbed down at all— they tell serious pet-in-distress stories. We get to experience each "case" from the inside out, and we get to live the story along with the characters.
I 'discovered' Halse Anderson way after she'd become an hugely successful, award winning, and established author of bestselling young adult literature such as Twisted and Wintergirls. I saw her speak at the 2008 NESCBWI conference, and that was the first time I'd heard of her. (Surprising to me now!) WHAT a Keynote she gave. Someday, I'll have to tell you about it. Amazing, and she brought down the house.
Check out ALL of Laurie Halse Anderson's books, here and on Amazon.