This was a fun children’s story in which we follow along with four 6th graders- Esther, Vee, Sunny and Aneta – in which they have formed a group called the S.A.V.E. Squad. They go around saving injured animals and then return them to the wild once they recover. They all work hard at helping each animal recover and they feel so fulfilled because they took part in helping an injured animal firsthand. In book four of this series, the girls have witnessed two baby owls being shot out of a tree. They team up with an adult sister and brother team who run a rehabilitation center for birds and learn everything they need to know on how to take care of owls. But they seem to be faced with two big problems. First, who shot the owls and why did they shoot the poor little birds in the first place? Second, a fellow classmate named Melissa tries pushing her way into the S.A.V.E. Squad group and the girls aren’t happy with that. They’ll do whatever it takes to prevent Melissa from making it onto their team.
This was a good story that I felt could teach children a few lessons while they’re reading this book. The first lesson is to respect wildlife and all animals you may encounter. Second, sometimes we have to look past a person’s façade to really learn who they are on the inside. Another lesson they can learn is to always be nice to others – basically, treat others as you would want to be treated. In disliking Melissa, they were judging her without really knowing her all that well. They just took her attitude as a sign of arrogance and they didn’t want to be her friend because of it. Overall, I felt this book was a good choice for children to learn from.
After witnessing two young owls being shot out of a tree, the four girls of the S.A.V.E. Squad are on the case. They not only want to take care of the injured birds so they can eventually return them to the wild, but also they want to find out who shot these defenseless birds in the first place. They want to see what made the person do something so heartless to these poor animals. But in the process, the girls hit a few roadblocks. Do they ever find out who shot the baby owls? Are they able to help rehabilitate the owls so they can return to the wild again?
No longer lonelywith friends like Sunny, Aneta, and VeeEsther believes sixth grade is simply the best! She hopes to be one of the S.A.V.E. Squad girls forever. But when mean girl Melissa Dayton-Snipp returns, intent on pushing her way into the Squad, E