Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 12 to 16
- Grade: 9
Crow Medicine opens under the impending threat of West Nile virus. Jane's favourite animals at the Urban Wildlife Rescue Centre (UWRC) are the juvenile crows, mischievous tricksters with blue-black feathers and an appetite for all that sparkles. But the inexplicable deaths of crows in the city, public fear and media frenzy culminate with the UWRC's policy to euthanize all crows admitted in order to protect staff and volunteers from the deadly disease. Torn between her love for the crows and her loyalty to the Centre, Jane sets out on a quest to bring a controversial vaccine back over the Rocky Mountains-in time, she hopes, to save the birds. Crow Medicine features natural history, facts about the West Nile virus and Native mythology within the context of an action-packed adventure.
About the author
Author and animal activist Diane Haynes was a nominee for Canada's National Magazine Award (freelance writing). She wrote the "Animal Instinct" column for BurnabyNOW in British Columbia, and was the founder of the Haynes Scholarship for the Advancement of Animal Welfare at the University of British Columbia.
Diane has been teaching yoga since 2015, and she specializes in the Hatha, Vinyasa flow and restorative styles of yoga. She lives and teaches in New Westminster, BC.
Crow Medicine: Jane Ray’s Wildlife Rescue SeriesJane Ray is battling against animal cruelty and corrupt politicians again in this second installment of the Jane Ray’s Wildlife Rescue Series. The story begin with a long description of West Nile Virus but this and details of the impact it has had on animals, as well as people’s reactions to it, are well written. Readers who enjoy suspense based on real-life situations will be hooked. Jane tries to help the crows, the first victims of the virus, and learns about crow medicine from the Crone, an Aboriginal woman who keeps a crow as a pet. Touching on Aboriginal learning, the book is primarily concerned with environmental action, teenage issues and attempts to stop the coming virus. Endnotes include facts on how to identify the virus.
Haynes won a medal from the Council for the Advancement of Secondary Education.
Source: The Association of Book Publishers of BC. BC Books for BC Schools. 2007-2008.