Coming April 2021 from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
“The kits are different from any other animals I’ve researched. And if I’m honest, I’m surprised how quickly my feelings for them have grown. Already, I feel the kits inside my heart.”
Everyone knows that 12-year-old Madison Lewis is not allowed to bring home any more animals. After harboring hairless mice, two birds, a rabbit, and a stray tom cat that ended up destroying the front porch, Madi is forbidden from inviting one more stray in the house.
But when she and her best friends Aaron and Jack find two beaver kits whose parents were killed, they know the kits will die without their help. They know, too, that more beavers will die unless someone can solve the local environmental crisis brewing. Can Madi find a way to show everyone how smart and amazing and vulnerable beavers really are in time to save them?
Both funny and moving, this adventure novel shows humans can live in harmony with wild animals after all.
Cover and full art wrap by the amazing Maike Plenzke!
This story is full of beaver kit shenanigans, good friends, a wildlife poaching mystery, and a rather food-obsessed dog.
It is also full of facts about beavers and wildlife rehabilitation. In writing this, I wanted to make it as realistic as possible, and interviewed several wildlife rehabbers—including one who let me use some of her real-life anecdotes of her time caring for beaver kits.
I grew up on a lake where my dad was in a constant war with the beavers damming the channel to the next lake. In my mind, that was the setting for Rescue at Lake Wild. And it was the inspiration to show that beavers aren’t just a nuisance, but are endlessly fascinating. I’m so excited for you to meet them.