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Gator on the Loose! (Animal Rescue Team #1)

3.11  ·  Rating Details ·  87 Ratings  ·  22 Reviews
Meet the Carters: Mr. and Mrs. Carter, 10-year-old daughter Keisha, five-year-old Razi, baby Paolo, and Grandma Alice. Together, they run Carters' Urban Rescue, the place you call when you've got an animal where it shouldn't be. In their first adventure, there's a baby alligator at the city pool, which will seriously interfere with opening day, especially Keisha's cannonba ...more
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published May 11th 2010 by Knopf Books for Young Readers (first published 2010)
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Ryan Rainey
Apr 22, 2012 Ryan Rainey rated it liked it
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The book "Gator on the Loose!(Animal Rescue Team, #1)" by Sue Stauffacher is a very good book. This book is about the Carter family who own an thier own Animal Rescue business get a call about an alligator on the loose. They then capture the alligator but realize its a holliday weekend. Not knowing what to do the family decide to store the alligator for the time being. As time goes on they search for a place to take the alligator. Finally they find an alligator reserve where they take the alliga ...more
Sarah W
May 30, 2010 Sarah W rated it really liked it
Keisha's plans for Memorial Day get changed unexpectedly while she is helping take phone calls for the family business. Instead of going to the local pool for a swim, Carter Urban Rescue is heading to the pool to remove the alligator that has taken up residence there. Once the alligator is contained, he is placed in the Carter's bathtub. When he escapes while under Grandma's watch, Keisha is stuck watching after her little brothers while her parents try to corral the alligator. It seems like hal ...more
Karen Arendt
Dec 27, 2010 Karen Arendt rated it it was amazing
A great new series! I can't wait to read the next two books. Keisha and her family run Carter's Urban Rescue. They capture, rehabilitate and release wild animals. In the first book, an alligator appears in the local public swimming pool. Keisha and her dad rescue it and keep it safe over Memorial Day weekend until the alligator gets loose and Keisha's mom finds out. The alligator is found, but they still need to find a home for it since it cannot be released back into the wild. It has had too mu ...more
Aug 28, 2011 Suebee rated it it was ok
The first in a new series, Keisha is a fourth grader in a multiracial family with a brother named Razi, a mother from Nigeria and a father and grandmother who are the "Carter Family Animal Urban Rescue Team." They are called to save an alligator that is found in the local city pool.

I got bored with this book quickly. Needs a good editing. Lots of distracting details and extra characters thrown in, I'm assuming, because the author was hired to write a series, and the author felt the need to prov
I know we're always looking for good multi-cultural early chapter books. What's more, I adore Sue Stauffacher's writing. Yet something about this series rubs me the wrong way. Maybe it's the fact that you see every tiny step of the process as the books' family attempts to save one animal or another. In this particularly issue a baby gator is located at the local public pool and it's up to the Animal Rescue Team to find him, lose him, find him again, and locate a place for him to be safe and soun ...more
Jun 20, 2010 Noni rated it liked it
Young readers will enjoy following Keisha around as she helps her father rescue an alligator from their town's community swimming pool. Set in Michigan, the author includes information about the Critchlow Alligator Sanctuary in Athens, Michigan crated by David Critchlow and his wire Carmen. Through story, the author highlights the problems that can arise when trying to raise an animal in a hostile environment.
Feb 29, 2012 Sarah rated it it was ok
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Silver Knight, 2012
This is the first in a series about a family who rescues animals. In this volume, there's a baby alligator at the town pool. The family gets it successfully home, but it escapes. There are some funny parts but in general every event is overly processed. The family is interesting: grandmother lives in the home and the mom is Nigerian. I hope kiddos like this one better than I did since it's on our grade three list.
Feb 03, 2017 Alyson rated it it was amazing
This was delightful! See for details.
Oct 21, 2016 Elaine rated it liked it
This book is not as entertaining as I hoped, but I had high expectations as a crocodilian lover! I really enjoyed the aspects of family culture and facts about alligators that are intertwined with the story. I'm also glad that the story shows the importance of not keeping wild, dangerous animals as pets.
Apr 17, 2012 Kristen rated it liked it
This was a cute story for young-ish elementary aged kids about the Carter family, who deals with animal control situations in their Michigan town. When an alligator appears in the local pool on Memorial Day weekend, the Carters end up taking the job.
Josh Newhouse
Mar 11, 2012 Josh Newhouse rated it liked it
May 29, 2010 Mary rated it liked it
Cute 4th grade book about a family who rescues wild animals.
Jul 24, 2010 Suzanne rated it liked it
This was a fun book. Definitely for younger readers. I learned a LOT about alligators.
Kathleen Guinnane
Sep 16, 2014 Kathleen Guinnane rated it really liked it
A nice new series for my younger students that has a multicultural family and a focus on wildlife rehabilitation. Now that I can talk it up, it'll be a hit in my library for sure.
Fun to read. Good characters, interesting story.
Linda Clark
Mar 09, 2012 Linda Clark rated it really liked it
I liked the factual information
Kris Siegel
The Animal Rescue series features a sweet supportive family and community, lots of cool animal facts, and a good bit of humor. Second through fourth graders will love it!
Oct 17, 2010 Betsy rated it liked it
One Sentence Review: I think I may have liked this one a little better than some of the other books in the same series, but it still doesn't really ring true for me and could do with some tightening.
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