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Rescue at Lake Wild

Terry Lynn Johnson









Environment & Conservation


“The least I can do is speak out for those who cannot speak for themselves.” – Jane Goodall 

As a self-proclaimed animal whisperer, twelve year old Madison Lewis lives by these words from her personal hero. Her late grandmother was a wildlife rehabilitator, and Madi is determined to be one too. But after rescuing countless stray animals (including a tom cat that destroying the front porch), Madi’s parents decide enough is enough. If she brings home any more animals, she won’t be attending an upcoming local event with Jane Goodall – a powerful motivator until two beaver kits are orphaned at Lake Wild. Madi and her two best friends, Aaron and Jack, know they have to protect these defenseless babies. Surely they can hide the little furry creatures for a few days.  

The more I get to know them, the more urgent it feels that no more beavers die.”  

Keeping the kits hidden from her family is going to be a challenge, but convincing the town that beavers should be protected might be even harder. The parent beavers turn up dead amidst an ongoing debate in the township about the damage caused by the beavers. Some locals are considering a bounty to curb the population, disregarding the essential role beavers play in the natural ecosystem. It is up to the three friends to speak for the beavers, sweet and smart creatures who can’t speak for themselves.  

“I need to think like a beaver.”  

With some scientific method, engineering, and good old-fashioned luck, Madi, Jack, and Aaron come up with a way to use the beavers’ own instincts to keep them from building dams in places that will flood the town’s roads. And with a little help from a irritable older sister, they find the poacher who has been terrorizing the beavers. Finally, with some confidence and determination, the kids are able to educate their town about respecting the natural balance.  

Rescue at Lake Wild has strong themes of friendship, responsibility, problem-solving, family, and the environment woven through its pages. It will encourage families and classrooms to have conversations about interconnectedness, both in the natural world and in human relationships.  

While Terry Lynn Johnson’s story is full of suspenseful moments and some heavy-hitting themes, it’s also a fun page-turner. She does a masterful job weaving humor into her storyline while including cliff hangers that will keep everyone engaged and begging for just one more chapter.