Lucy Jane Bledsoe Cougar Canyon

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Cougar Canyon

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9780823415991: Cougar Canyon

After hearing that people are planning to kill a mountain lion in the wilds near her neighborhood, twelve-year-old Izzie decides that it is her duty to protect the animal.

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Lucy Jane Bledsoe is a novelist and science writer. When she's not writing, she's sea kayaking in Alaska, backpacking in the Rockies, or backcountry skiing in the Sierras. When she's not kayaking, hiking, or skiing, she's reading. Her novels have been translated into Japanese, Spanish, and German, and her stories into Dutch and Chinese. Her fiction has won a California Arts Council Individual Fellowship in Literature, an American Library Association Award for Literature, and has been a three-time finalist for the Lambda Literary Award. She's also won a PEN Syndicated Fiction Award, a National Endowment for the Humanities Youthgrant, a Barbara Deming Memorial Money for Women grant, a Puffin Foundation grant, and two National Science Foundation Artists & Writers in Antarctica Fellowships. Bledsoe has traveled to Antarctica three times. The first two times she went as a recipient of the National Science Foundation's Artists & Writers in Antarctica fellowship, living and working at McMurdo Station, Palmer Station, and Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station, as well as in field camps in the Transantarctic mountains. She spent time with scientists studying penguins, seals, global warming, and the Big Bang. Bledsoe's work has been widely published in anthologies and periodicals, such as MS., NEWSDAY, FICTION INTERNATIONAL, ZYZZYVA, BLOOM, LODESTAR QUARTERLY, WIG MAGAZINE, GIRLFRIENDS, BLITHE HOUSE QUARTERLY, CALIFORNIA WILD, and NORTHWEST LITERARY FORUM. Her science writing includes CD-ROM scripts for NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC and The George Lucas Education Foundation, as well as curriculum for the SETI Institute's Voyages Through Time project.

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Grades 4-6--An entertaining adventure story with fast-paced action and a strong female protagonist. Isabel Ramirez wants her summer vacation to be more than family barbecues and afternoons sitting at the pool with her cousins, so she starts a gardening business. With her mother's reluctant approval, the 13-year-old takes on her first client and meets the woman's talented but bored 15-year-old son and his friend Sam. Soon she becomes absorbed in the stories circulating in her Oakland, CA, neighborhood about cougar sightings in the local Redwood Park. At a meeting, some people want hunting permits issued, but Isabel speaks up in the animals' defense. Sam advocates hunting the mountain lion and collecting a substantial reward. When she finds he has staked out a campsite in the park, Izzie enlists the help of her cousins to try to save the beast, and the action quickly progresses with the illegal killing of the cougar. This thematically rich story weaves together themes of strong familial ties, friendship, self-awareness, and the importance of respecting all living creatures in a consistently engaging style. Though characters lack depth, they do interact nicely and convey a strong sense of the story's message of making choices that have an effect on not just ourselves but on the way we view the world around us.

Janet Gillen, Great Neck Public Library, NY

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