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Emily and the Strangers Volume 2: Breaking the Record by Rob Reger
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Gaijin: American Prisoner of War by Matt Faulkner
The Gods of Second Chances by Dan Berne
Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead
Hanging by a Thread by Monica Ferris
Hip Hop Family Tree, Vol. 2: 1981-1983 by Ed Piskor
I'll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios
Julius, the Baby of the World by Kevin Henkes
Monkey Truck by Michael Slack
Moonpenny Island by Tricia Springstubb
Omens by Kelley Armstrong
The Outside Dog by Charlotte Pomerantz
Paper Things by Jennifer Richard Jacobson
A Place to Call Home by Alexis Deacon
Rutabaga the Adventure Chef: Book 1 by Eric Colossal
The Salamander Spell by E.D. Baker
Sophie's Fish by A.E. Cannon
Speak Easily by Clarence Budington Kelland
The Terrible Two by Mac Barnett
25 Roses by Stephanie Faris
Ukulele Hayley by Judy Cox
The Witchy Worries of Abbie Adams by Rhonda Hayter

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Ava and Taco Cat: 12/27/15

Ava and Taco Cat by Carol Weston

Ava and Taco Cat by Carol Weston is the sequel to Ava and Pip. Ava and her family all have palindromic names. When a stray cat comes into the veterinary clinic where her mother works, Ava sees a chance to add to their family with a cat she wants to call Taco.

Taco, though, is incredibly shy. Pip, Ava's sister, is also very shy so Ava uses what she learned while helping her sister to help Taco. Many children's books about getting a pet focus on the typical responsibilities of caring for one: feeding, cleaning up after them, exercise.

It's a rare book that will frankly cover the extra work involved in adopting or fostering a special needs pet, such as Taco. The possibility of needing to re-home Taco is there from the very beginning and at one point it looks like that will actually happen.

For any child who is considering working with pets, Ava and Taco Cat is a must have, must read book. I'm giving a copy to my daughter as she wants to be a veterinarian.

Five stars

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