Novels (intermediate/secondary)

BC SPCA-recommended novels for youth
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the cover of hannah and the salish sea by carolanne shaw, with an eagle flying over it
Hannah and the Salish Sea
Hannah and the Salish Sea by Carol Anne Shaw. Reading level: Grades 6+. Hannah's summer plans are upturned when her curiosity about unexplained events turns into suspicion of criminal activity. Hannah and her friends put clues together -- and themselves in danger -- to explain how an accidental eagle death, the grisly discovery of a dead bear and some strange new people in town are all connected. abahttps://www.amazon.ca/dp/1553802330/ref=cm_sw_r_pi_dp_x_X0bxzbQGJVVPM
the book cover for crow medicine
Crow Medicine
Crow Medicine by Diane Haynes. Reading level: Grades 6+. When West Nile Virus threatens the wildlife centre where Jane volunteers, a controversial decision is made to euthanize any crows that come into centre for the safety of the staff and volunteers. Hoping to find a better solution, Jane sets off on a road trip to find a vaccine that she hopes will save the crows. https://www.amazon.ca/dp/1552858065/ref=cm_sw_r_pi_dp_x_t0bxzbSMKHAAF
the cover of wildlife rescue series gaia wild with two elephants and a woman in the background
Gaia Wild
Gaia Wild by Diane Haynes. Reading level: Grades 6+. When a movie crew comes to town, wildlife rescuer Jane is the only one who isn't star struck. She can't prove it, but Jane senses something isn't right with the animals on set. Soon she learns that Gaia the elephant is in trouble. Can Jane and her friends save Gaia's life? https://www.amazon.ca/dp/1552859363/ref=cm_sw_r_pi_dp_x_8ZbxzbF60D1NJ
a book cover with an image of a bird in flight
Flight or Fight
Flight or Fight by Diane Haynes. Reading level: Grades 6+. When Jane rescues a drowning seabird from an oil spill, she doesn't realize how it will change her life. After taking the bird to the Urban Wildlife Rescue Centre she is interviewed by a TV crew and finds herself speaking out against the company responsible for the spill. https://www.amazon.ca/dp/1552856585/ref=cm_sw_r_pi_dp_x_OZbxzb7BMWF7Z
a book cover with an image of a bird on it's head and the words shoot
Hoot
Hoot by Carl Hiaasen. Reading level: Grades 5+. Roy is the new kid in town and the target of a bully. Roy soon makes a friend, and quickly gets involved in a mission to save some burrowing owls that live on the building site of a new restaurant. pinshttps://www.amazon.ca/dp/0375829164/ref=cm_sw_r_pi_dp_x_qZbxzbB7SHMCH
an orange cat sitting in front of a red background with the words carl phaisen scat
Scat
Scat by Carl Hiaasen. Reading level: Grades 5+. When their teacher goes missing on a field trip, Nick and Marta decide to investigate. As they unravel the mystery, they stumble upon a scam by an oil company and an endangered puma. Where will the adventure lead? https://www.amazon.ca/dp/0375834877/ref=cm_sw_r_pi_dp_x_7YbxzbZ54YNTJ
a cat sitting on the hood of an old car in front of a blue sky
Catboy
Catboy by Eric Walters. Reading level: Grades 4+. Catboy tells the story of Taylor, who has recently moved from a small town to the big city. Taylor makes a new friend named Simon and together they discover a feral cat colony. When a new condominium development threatens the cats' survival, Taylor vows to come up with a solution. https://www.amazon.ca/dp/1554699533/ref=cm_sw_r_pi_dp_x_MXbxzbHH04NFK
a book cover with cats sitting on top of a wooden fence and the title hunter eric walter
Hunter
Hunter by Eric Walters. Reading level: Grades 4+. This follow-up to the young adult novel, Catboy, tells the same story from the cat's point of view! Based on previous experience, Hunter distrusts humans. How will he react when a boy named Taylor and his friends start showing up at the junkyard where he lives? https://www.amazon.ca/dp/1459801571/ref=cm_sw_r_pi_dp_x_nXbxzbQWX587Y
the book cover for the summer of the spotted owl with an owl shadow on it
The Summer of the Spotted Owl
Summer of The Spotted Owl by Melanie Jackson. Reading level: Grades 4-6. Dinah Galloway, a young sleuth, always seems to find intrigue and adventure. This time it involves the endangered spotted owl! https://www.amazon.ca/dp/1551434121/ref=cm_sw_r_pi_dp_x_tWbxzbXQC4K3W
the nine lives of travis keating by jll maclean, jrl maclean
The Nine Lives of Travis Keating
After his mother passes away, Travis moves to a new town with his father. He feels more alone than ever, until he discovers a colony of abandoned cats. Travis' decision to care for the cats results in more satisfaction -- and more danger -- than he ever could have imagined. https://www.amazon.ca/dp/1554551536/ref=cm_sw_r_pi_dp_x_6Vbxzb7JDPTH2
the one and only jyann book cover with an image of two stuffed animals
The One and Only Ivan: A Newbery Award Winner
The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate. Reading level: Grades 3-5 (also suitable for young adults). Ivan is a wild-born gorilla who now lives, and works, at a mall. He is the only gorilla he knows. One day, a baby elephant named Ruby arrives at the mall. Other changes happen, too, and Ivan starts to see his world differently. What if wild animals aren't meant to live in captivity after all? https://www.amazon.ca/dp/0061992275/ref=cm_sw_r_pi_dp_x_wVbxzbJ3PW7ZS
the guinea pig gang by ruth m raglio
Piglets in a Playpen : Guinea Pig Gang
Animal Ark Pets 8: Guinea-pig Gang by Lucy Daniels. Reading level: Grades 3-5. Mandy Hope and her friends are gaga for guinea pigs -- so much so that they form a "Guinea-pig Gang" to bring their pets together and talk about proper pet care. When one of the girls, Lisa, refuses to bring her guinea pig to the group, Mandy knows something is up. Can Mandy help Lisa prove she can be a great pet guardian? https://www.amazon.ca/dp/0340687320/ref=cm_sw_r_pi_dp_x_1Ubxzb2V1S29D
a children's book about pet stories
Pet Stories (Treasuries)
Treasury of Pet Stories by Suzanne Carnell. Reading level: Grades 3-4. Featuring 16 stories by noted children's authors including Beverly Cleary and Judy Blume, this collection explores the bond we humans share with animals. https://www.amazon.ca/dp/0753401266/ref=cm_sw_r_pi_dp_x_DUbxzbJVBR24M
the cover of little joe by sandra neil wallace, illustrated by mark eliott
Little Joe
Little Joe by Sandra Neil Wallace. Reading level: Grades 3-5. Young Eli raises his first show calf, Little Joe. With this comes the responsibility of caring for another living thing, which leads to some hard lessons in reality. A great story for country and city kids alike! https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B01K3KKWJU/ref=cm_sw_r_pi_dp_x_vTbxzbWNQQWX5
a dog sleeping on the ground next to a sign that says vet volunteers fight for life
Fight for Life #1 ,by Anderson, Laurie Halse ( 2007 ) Paperback
Fight for Life #1 by Laurie Halse Anderson. Reading level: Grades 4+. Maggie's grandmother wants Maggie to focus on schoolwork, not animals. But when her grandma's vet clinic takes in several very sick puppies, all from the same place, Maggie decides she has to find the puppy mill owner and put a stop to this. https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B00JWBK3OQ/ref=cm_sw_r_pi_dp_x_0SbxzbQ76ME3K
an animal ark book with two kittens and a tomato on the cover, which reads kitten in the kitchen
Kittens in the Kitchen
Kittens in the Kitchen by Lucy Daniels. Reading level: Grades 3-5. Mandy Hope is in a race against time to find homes for four newborn kittens... all while keeping up with caring for her own pets at home. Will Mandy be successful in her mission before Mr. Williams the custodian "deals with them" himself?https://www.amazon.ca/dp/0340944366/ref=cm_sw_r_pi_dp_x_sRbxzbWE7CNP7
a brown horse standing on top of a lush green field
Trickster
Trickster #3 by Laurie Halse Anderson. Reading level: Grades 3-5. When David sees Trickster, a horse from Quinn's Stables, he knows that this is the horse he wants to ride. But David's been in trouble at the stables before, so he must regain Mr. Quinn's trust through hard work before his dream of riding Trickster can come true. Trickster features plenty of animal care and veterinary details, as well as some suspenseful twists. https://www.amazon.ca/dp/0142410837/ref=cm_sw_r_pi_dp_x_xNbxzb5HXGB8P
the rabbit and the rabbit rescuers
The Rabbit Rescuers
The Rabbit Rescuers by Cindy Howard. Reading level: Grades 3-5. When twins Kate and Zack reluctantly move to the suburbs, all seems hopeless until they meet Paityn and Marijane, who share their love of animals and adventure. Together they are drawn into the secretive world of abandoned rabbits in the park across the street. Seeing how dangerous this world can be convinces the friends to form a club to help the rabbits. Can they make a difference?
the truth about rats and dogs by jacquete peace book cover with boy holding mouse
The Truth About Rats (and Dogs)
The Truth About Rats (and Dogs) by Jacqueline Pearce. Reading level: Grades 3-5. The last animal Conner ever wanted for a pet was a rat... until he meets Oscar, a rat at his local animal shelter. Conner's parents aren't keen on a rat in the house, so Conner hides Oscar from them. But what happens when Conner realizes he needs to stand up for Oscar and himself, even if that means confronting his parents? https://www.amazon.ca/dp/1551434733/ref=cm_sw_r_pi_dp_x_HLbxzbE4JSBVE
Dog House Blues by Jacqueline Pearce. Reading level: Grades 3-5. Erika finds it difficult living in a house with three dogs. Smelling of dog cologne isn't a good thing when the class bully doesn't like canines. Worrying about making new friends causes Erika to forget what her dogs mean to her... until a crisis opens her eyes. https://www.amazon.ca/dp/1551433605/ref=cm_sw_r_pi_dp_x_jLbxzbRGQHTYE Dog, Dog House, Canine, She Dog, Three Dogs, Jacqueline
Dog House Blues
Dog House Blues by Jacqueline Pearce. Reading level: Grades 3-5. Erika finds it difficult living in a house with three dogs. Smelling of dog cologne isn't a good thing when the class bully doesn't like canines. Worrying about making new friends causes Erika to forget what her dogs mean to her... until a crisis opens her eyes. https://www.amazon.ca/dp/1551433605/ref=cm_sw_r_pi_dp_x_jLbxzbRGQHTYE
a book cover for who took henry and mr z? with a small dog in a blanket
Who Took Henry & Mr. Z?
Who Took Henry & Mr. Z? by Dave Glaze. Reading level: Grades 3-4. Henry and Mr. Z are classroom pets of Mrs. Whitestar's grade five class. When the two go missing, along with money from the teacher's desk, are the two crimes connected? This is an exciting mystery novel that includes a good message about the commitment of caring for small animals. https://www.amazon.ca/dp/1550501070/ref=cm_sw_r_pi_dp_x_WKbxzbQTYJW7X
a book cover for because of winn - dixie by kate dicamillo with a dog in the background
Because of Winn-Dixie
Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo. Reading level: Grades 3-4. Opal has just moved to a new town when she adopts a stray dog named Winn-Dixie. Winn-Dixie helps Opal make new friends. They aren't typical friends for a 10-year-old, but like Opal, they all miss someone. When they have a party, a thunderstorm scares Winn-Dixie and she runs away. This book is all about friendship, coping with loss and the human-animal bond. https://www.amazon.ca/dp/0763680869/ref=cm_sw_r_pi_dp_x_jKbxzbYKFNYGM
a raccoon holding onto a tree branch in front of a sign that reads kit the adventures of a raccoon
Kit: The adventures of a raccoon
Kit: The adventures of a raccoon by Shirley Woods. Reading level: Grades 2-5. Though he starts his life with two siblings, Kit soon finds himself the only survivor of his litter. As he grows, Kit faces all kinds of threats, from other wildlife and track hounds to traps and human beings. How will Kit survive life as a young raccoon in the wild and the city? https://www.amazon.ca/dp/0888993765/ref=cm_sw_r_pi_dp_x_1JbxzbNC390FC
the book cover for ten true animal rescues
Ten True Animal Rescues
Ten True Animal Rescues by Jeanne Betancourt. Reading level: Grades 3-5. A pup who digs a young girl out of a snow bank, a dog who saves his human family from a fire and a cat who alerts a mom to her suffocating baby. These are just a few of the amazing true stories in this book for animal lovers. https://www.amazon.ca/dp/0613121783/ref=cm_sw_r_pi_dp_x_5IbxzbE1NEMGD
Sharing Snowy by Marilyn Helmer. Reading level: Grades 2-4. Ali has always wanted a cat, then one day discovers one in her clubhouse. She names her new friend Snowy, makes the cat a comfy bed and brings her food to eat. When Ali learns that someone else is looking for Snowy, will she be able to say goodbye? https://www.amazon.ca/dp/1554690218/ref=cm_sw_r_pi_dp_x_CIbxzb2H3KESZ Learning, Canada, Snowy, Helmer, Shared
Sharing Snowy
Sharing Snowy by Marilyn Helmer. Reading level: Grades 2-4. Ali has always wanted a cat, then one day discovers one in her clubhouse. She names her new friend Snowy, makes the cat a comfy bed and brings her food to eat. When Ali learns that someone else is looking for Snowy, will she be able to say goodbye? https://www.amazon.ca/dp/1554690218/ref=cm_sw_r_pi_dp_x_CIbxzb2H3KESZ