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Flight or Fight

by Diane Haynes

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list price: $8.95
edition:Paperback
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published: Mar 2011
ISBN:9781552856581
publisher: Whitecap Books
imprint: Walrus
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An adventure-packed debut for an exciting new fiction series When shy, quiet Jane Ray rescues a drowning seabird from an oil spill in Vancouver's Burrard Inlet, she finds herself face to face with national television cameras -- and head to head with the alleged culprit, SeaKing Shipping Pacific. In Flight or Fight, the first book in Whitecap's newest action-packed series, Jane discovers that there comes a time when everyone has to choose between running and taking a stand. Impassioned by the dedication of animal rescue crews working around the clock to save hundreds of oiled birds, Jane volunteers with the Urban Wildlife Rescue Center and begins a campaign urging SeaKing to take responsibility for the spill. Jane grows frustrated by the lack of response, but far from ignoring her, SeaKing executives are growing worried about the vocal young girl. Will they resort to drastic measures to keep her quiet? Jane is going to need all the help she can get from her two best friends... and a couple of surprising allies as well. About the Wildlife Rescue Series: When you carve a city out of a rainforest, you can be sure the animals are going to need somebody on their side. In Wildlife Rescue, reluctant heroine Jane Ray is that somebody. An exciting new series that explores the challenges and rewards of wildlife rescue and rehabilitation, Wildlife Rescue is packed with fascinating facts and interactive resources including volunteer opportunities and animal rescue how-to's. Wildlife Rescue is sure to delight animal lovers everywhere.

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Diane Haynes

Author and animal activist Diane Haynes is a recent nominee for Canada’s National Magazine Award (freelance writing). She writes the “Animal Instinct” column for BurnabyNOW in British Columbia, and is the founder of the Haynes Scholarship for the Advancement of Animal Welfare at the University of British Columbia.

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Diane Haynes
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.

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Flight or Fight

Jane is jogging along Vancouver’s seawall in Stanley Park when she sees a sea bird suffering from an oil spill. She rescues the bird, taking it to the Urban Wildlife Rescue Centre. This rescue begins Jane’s involvement with the centre and leads her to try to pressure the guilty party, a local shipping company, into taking responsibility for the spill of canola oil. The company strenuously avoids admitting to any negligence or wrongdoing, even to the point of threatening Jane. Events build to an exciting climax. This is an engaging read and a timely story, and the first book in the Jane Ray’s Wildlife Rescue series.

Source: The Association of Book Publishers of BC. BC Books for BC Schools. 2006-2007.

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Flight or Fight

While on an early morning run in Stanley Park, Jane Ray is dismayed when she spies a duck floundering in the waves of Burrard Inlet. The unfortunate creature’s wings are coated with oil thanks to a nearby canola oil spill. Jane manages to pluck the bird from the water and rushes it to the local Urban Wildlife Rescue Center where staff and volunteers are already hard at work tending to other animal victims of this spill. This event proves to be a turning point for Jane who decides to volunteer at the Center herself, and discovers a passion she never knew she had for helping and protecting wild animals. In the process of trying to help the Wildlife Center, quiet, unobtrusive Jane finds her voice at last. She takes a bold stand against the company that caused the spill and tries to ensure that they are held accountable for the damage it caused, despite their steadfast refusal to accept any responsibility for the “accident.”

The greatest strength of this book lies in its realistic depiction of a wildlife rescue centre. It also drives home a number of important messages, including the fact that even one person can make a difference, and that the various creatures of the earth (and sea and sky) need the help of concerned citizens who care enough to speak out on their behalf. The fact that Jane goes through a period of feeling discouraged and ineffectual, but bounces back with the support of her family and friends, lends further authenticity to the story. While several questions remain unanswered and a romantic storyline remains dangling, these issues will hopefully be resolved in the next installment of this engaging series.

Source: The Canadian Children's Bookcentre. Spring 2006. Vol.29 No. 2.

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