Two children on a family caravan holiday on the edge of Dartmoor see something black hunting sheep. Convinced it's a panther, they set off to track it across the moors. As they hunt the panther, a rescue operation is mounted to find them.
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Gr. 4-7. Fourteen-year-old Pati loves wild cats and her friend, Simon, wants to be a gamekeeper. When the two teens and their parents go camping in England's West Country, Simon and Pati become convinced there's a panther around and set out to track it. Pati is the clear leader of the duo. She not only sticks her hand into the guts of a recently killed sheep, she also can interpret animal droppings. Simon is a bit more hesitant but follows along willingly. What's refreshing about this slender novel is how uncomplicated both Simon and Pati are. Both children are good students from completely functional households. There is no symbolism in the search for the cat and the children are never in any real danger. The simple, fast-moving plot and capable protagonists make this a good choice for reluctant readers. Marta Segal
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Book Description Puffin, 1999. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0140389784
Book Description Puffin, 1999. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 140389784