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No Ordinary Owl: 11/30/13

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No Ordinary Owl by Lauraine Snelling is and Kathleen Damp Wright is the 4th (and final) book in the SAVE squad tween series. It's also the only one I've read.

Esther (the E in SAVE) hopes to be a SAVE Squad member forever. But there are no new animals to rescue. And there's a MEAN girl who wants to break up the group.

In the middle of all this, there is a wounded owl. That gives the SAVE Squad something to rally behind. They have to befriend a mysterious man and his sister who rescue and rehabilitate owls. They also have to contend with the mean girl who slowly but inexplicably becomes their friend.

The animal rescue pieces of No Ordinary Owl are its strength. Living up the hill from an animal rescue center that takes in owls (and other animals), the owl rehabilitation details ring true.

The human relationships — especially the friendships between the SAVE girls — felt forced. Maybe coming so late in the series the characters have been established. But to me the girls didn't seem as well rounded or interesting as their adult or animal counterparts.

Four stars

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