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. Volume XIII Number 14 . . . . March 2, 2007
Jane Ray, Canada's answer to this generation's environmentally friendly Nancy Drew, returns in Crow Medicine, the second book in the "Jane Ray Wildlife Rescue Series" by Diane Haynes. As in the previous book (which saw our heroine rehabilitate oil-slicked birds and protest against non eco-friendly shipping corporations), here Jane also amuses and educates the reader with her "save the day" antics. Starting a summer job at the Lower Mainland's Urban Wildlife Rescue Centre (where she volunteered the year before), Jane decides that her new mission is to save the crows – and the province – from approaching West Nile Virus which has not yet made its way over the mountains into British Columbia. When the good folks at the rescue centre learn that crows are the indicators – or messengers – of the virus, they make the controversial decision to euthanize injured crows brought into the centre as they could be carriers of the virus and pass it on to humans. This act of humanity turns many animal rights activists, donators, and funding agencies against the centre. Windows are smashed, death threats are made, and most importantly, funding is taken away, rendering the centre almost helpless. Luckily, a well-timed anonymous donation enables Jane and her two sidekick friends to go on daring road trip to Rocky Mountain Wildlife Hospital and bring back an expensive vaccine that can be used to save the crows and any other animals affected by West Nile Virus.
Jen Waters is the Teen Services Librarian at the Red Deer Public Library in Red Deer, AB.
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