Salamander Rescue

Awards and Nominations

Canadian Children’s Book Centre Best Books for Kids & Teens, commended 2016

Cricket McKay has lived in Waterton all her life, so she is surprised to discover an animal she hasn’t seen before: the long-toed salamander. She finds a band of them migrating from the pond to their hibernation grounds at Crandell Mountain. Crossing the road that lies between the pond and the mountain is dangerous enough, but now a newly-constructed curb makes their journey even more challenging. Can Cricket and her friends come up with a solution to help the salamanders?

ISBN-13: 9781459811232

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers

Publication Date: April 2016

Pages: 80

Age Range: 7 - 9


McDowell’s writing style is clear and interesting. Her use of clear vocabulary gives the reader a good idea of the story and action even where an illustration is not present. CM Magazine, January 19, 2016

From the start, readers are immersed in Cricket’s life as the daughter of a Canadian wildlife ranger. The text’s simplicity is on target for beginning readers. Simple, accurate descriptions of specific research methods and of salamander features shine. Kirkus Reviews, January, 2016

What readers are saying

Keep writing about nature because your books are very interesting. I’m really looking forward to reading Salamander Rescue! – Fiona, Grade Three

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