Synopses & Reviews
Eleven-year-old Poppy Ray longs to be a veterinarian, but she's never had a pet. This summer, she's going to spend a month with her uncle Sanjay, veterinarian and owner of the Furry Friends Animal Clinic on an island off the Washington coast.
Poppy is in for big surprises. She loves tending to the dogs, cats, and even a bird, and she discovers the fun of newborn puppies and the satisfaction of doing a good job. But she learns that there's more to caring for animals than the stethoscope and cotton swabs in her Deluxe Veterinarian First-Aid Kit. She's not prepared for quirky pet owners, gross stuff, or scary emergencies. With help from a boy named Hawk, a chunk of seaglass, and a touch of intuition, Poppy gains a deeper understanding of the pain and joy of working with animals.
With warmth and humor, Anjali Banerjee tells the story of a resourceful, determined girl who can't wait to grow up, but begins to realize just how much she has left to discover.
"Eleven-year-old Poppy Ray's parents are headed to India on business. But since Poppy is 'serious about becoming an animal doctor,' she is sent to her Uncle Sanjay's home on a remote island off the coast of Washington State, where he runs the Furry Friends Animal Clinic. Poppy has prepared for this trip--even bringing her own first aid kit. She wants to dive right in and do a good job, but her actual experience with animals is limited, due to her mother's allergies. The bumpy truck ride that sends her suitcase and vet kit bouncing into a stream portends the rough road ahead. Banerjee (Looking for Bapu) covers some of the starker realities of pet care, from mopping up pee to the need to put an elderly cat to sleep. Sweet moments are interspersed, including the delivery of new puppies, though Poppy's rocky friendship with Hawk, the 13-year-old son of a cranky clinic worker, is not fully explored. While the scope and tone of the novel are simple, it's a quick, satisfying read that should have particular appeal for animal lovers. Ages 8 12. (May)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
About the Author
Anjali Banerjee is the author of Maya Running and Looking for Bapu. She was born in India, grew up in Canada and California, and received degrees from the University of California, Berkeley. At the age of seven, she wrote her first story, about an abandoned puppy she found on a beach in Bengal. Her Pushcart Prize–nominated fiction has appeared in several literary journals and in the anthology New to North America. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and three crazy cats. Learn more about Anjali on her Web site, www.anjalibanerjee.com.