Eleven-year-old Danny Ryan and 19-year-old Wendy Marshall think their friendship is only about looking after two baby raccoons that Danny has rescued. But when a bank holdup upsets Wendy so much that she can hardly stand to be around people, she leaves her job as a teller, retreats to a farm, and surrounds herself with injured and orphaned wildlife. Danny, neglected at home and considered weird in a town where other boys are into hunting, finds peace on the farm, too, plus excitement, as he and Wendy adopt ever more exotic animals such as llamas, bobcats, a serval, an ocelot, and a blind lynx.
Over time the two friends develop a bond that goes beyond care of the animals to caring for each other. As it turns out, Wendy rescues not just wildlife but Danny, as well. What’s more, the bank robbers are still at large and still a threat, and Danny, now 14, must act to save Wendy’s life.
Rosa Jordan's previous novels for young people, The Last Wild Place, The Goatnappers, and Lost Goat Lane, won or were nominated for numerous awards, including the 2007 VOYA Top Shelf Fiction for Middle Readers distinction, the Red Maple Award, and the Chocolate Lily Award. She grew up in the Florida Everglades and now lives in Rossland, British Columbia, in the Monashee Mountains.
"Wild Spirits is a quiet, beautiful book. I was drawn in instantly, and I have to say this is one of my favorite books that has ever been sent to me for review." The Bodacious Pen
"Jordans prose is crisp and lucid, as the plot trots along at a good pace from the outset, introducing quirky but appealing characters."
"... many young readers will ... enjoy the depth of information Jordan provides on wildlife rehabilitation and the animals they encounter in the story."
"Wild Spirits shows that humans can be healed as a result of contact with animals."
"Love animals? Then this novel is for you! .. The amazing thing is that ... I could see this plot being real life."
"If you're passionate about wildlife welfare, have a budding activist on your hands, or just looking for some inspiration about making your own small impact on the world then this is the book for you." Diary of a Bookworm