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Eleven-year-old Poppy Ray longs to be a veterinarian, but she's never had a pet. This summer, she's going to spend a month with her uncle Sanjay, veterinarian and owner of the Furry Friends Animal Clinic on an island off the Washington coast.

Poppy is in for big surprises. She loves tending to the dogs, cats, and even a bird, and she discovers the fun of newborn puppies and the satisfaction of doing a good job. But she learns that there's more to caring for animals than the stethoscope and cotton swabs in her Deluxe Veterinarian First-Aid Kit. She's not prepared for quirky pet owners, gross stuff, or scary emergencies. With help from a boy named Hawk, a chunk of seaglass, and a touch of intuition, Poppy gains a deeper understanding of the pain and joy of working with animals.

With warmth and humor, Anjali Banerjee tells the story of a resourceful, determined girl who can't wait to grow up, but begins to realize just how much she has left to discover.
Paperback, 176 pages
Published on May 10, 2011 by Yearling
ISBN-10: 037584399X
ISBN-13: 9780375843990
3 Book Reviews
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  • MichelleTuesday, May 14, 2019 at 6:11 pm
    Some inappropriate content and vulgarity. Not for younger than 5 th grade
    • thecat45678
      thecat45678Tuesday, December 15, 2015 at 4:08 pm55 stars
      My mom got this for me and I read it and would not stop when she gave it to me.
      • 20eserrecc
        20eserreccTuesday, November 13, 2012 at 1:19 pm
        This is one of my favorite books ever! It's all about a girl that goes to visit her uncle for a month and she learns all about how to take care of animals when they are hurt, (because her uncle is a veterinarian)