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Manatee Blues (Vet Volunteers #4)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  312 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
Dr. Mac has brought Brenna, Maggie, and Zoe to Florida to visit her friend Gretchen, a marine biologist who runs a manatee rescue center that’s in desperate need of money. Brenna’s immediately drawn to the endangered, gentle giants, and wants to do whatever she can to help them—and the center. But is she causing trouble where she wants to help?
Paperback, 144 pages
Published February 28th 2008 by Puffin Books (first published January 1st 2000)
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Jan 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jun 12, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: animal lovers, animal rights activists, manatee fans
The Vet Volunteers series is a great series because it draws attention to animal rights issues and debates without hitting you over the head.

Manatee Blues is the first ever book I have read about the devastating problems facing manatees today. It teaches young readers about the problem but not it a scary or depressing way.

I recommend this book, as well as this series, to any young animal lover who wants to become more active in vouching for animal welfare and animal's rights.
Feb 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just finished this book and I loved how Brenna is so into Manatees just like I am into Whales. She was easy to connect with, because if I had a chance to go on a trip like she did with Manatees my parents would probably say no, but someone could easily convince them. I liked this book and I would love it if it were about whales.
Teresa Khranovska
Jan 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book was written by Laurie Halse Anderson. It's genre is adventures. It will be great to read for children from 5 or 6 years, an animal lovers may also like this book. It is about a team saving manatees that were injured by boats, stuck in nets, etc. A girl called Maggie tries to save manatees by asking people not to drive their boats into manatee zones.
Cynthia Leto
Aug 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed reading this book. Brenna's personality is motivating and inspiring. I like the storyline. Somewhat predictable but a great topic to focus on (manatee protection). Anderson kept my attention throughout with colorful imagery and humor.
May 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: whatev
I remember this book in juvy Florida.
Mar 28, 2011 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: kids
Recommended to Jessica by: me
See the first book in the series for a full review.
Feb 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved Manatee Blues it shows Brenna's love for manatees. It also shows even though you love something you need to think before you do
Bri Cobb
I was borning towards the end. But it was a good book overall.
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Dr. Mac takes Maggie, Zoe, and Brenna to a manatee rescue in Florida. Is the situation a bit unrealistic? Probably. But, it's still a quick, fun read.
Jul 22, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: realistic, animal
Very well written, but what else could you expect from LHA. Only thing I don't like is that they changed the name of the series from Wild at Heart to Vet volunteers.
Apr 06, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty good. I love manatees so I'm kind of biased.
Mar 10, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This is about a young girl who goes on vacation to Florida. Along the way, she needs to save a Manatee Rescue Center, but when help comes, will there still be time?
Kimberly Sabatini
Jul 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mg-ya
One of my favorites in this series!
Katelyn 11-12
This book was great because it touched my heart with the manatee and the story that went along with it but at the end i could kind of predict what was going to happen.
Nov 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this book. I would say this is a 5 star book. So if your someone that loves Manatees, and wants to see how other people save people then read this book.
Jul 27, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
LOVE IT all about animals and a vet volunteer saving a manatee
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