Moose Tracks by Mary Casanova

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Seth's stepfather, a game warden, had told him about a gang of poachers, but Seth never expected to meet up with them in the woods. After Seth witnesses them slaughter of a moose cow, he is desperate to save her calf. He wants to tell his stepfather, but he's afraid. The poachers know who he is and are threatening Seth and his family.

About Mary Casanova

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Mary Casanova is the author of nine middle-grade novels and three picture books.She lives with her family in Ranier, Minnesota.
Published September 1, 1997 by Perfection Learning. 124 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Nature & Wildlife. Fiction

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But the experience comes back to haunt Seth when he unintentionally witnesses some poachers viciously shoot a mother moose with a calf in tow.

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Squeamish readers may have trouble getting past this debut novel's first chapter, which describes in gruesome detail the hero's shooting of a rabbit and then his severing of its foot. When 12-year-old

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Casanova earnestly conveys the ugliness of killing animals for financial gain, but significant portions of the novel (including a melodramatic ending) resemble TV adventures, and the themes of sibling anxiety and approaching teen years are approached in merely routine fashion.

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