The Last Panther
The Last Panther
The Last Panther
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For animal lovers and fans of The One and Only Ivan and Hoot, this is the uplifting story of a girl who discovers a family of panthers that were thought to be extinct, and her journey to save the species.   Eleven-year-old Kiri has a secret: wild things call to her. More than anyone else, she's always had a special connection to animals.   But when Kiri has an encounter with the last known Florida panther, her life is quickly turned on end. Caught between her conservationist father, who wants to send the panther to a zoo, and the village poachers, who want to sell it to feed their families, Kiri must embark on a journey that will take her deep into the wilderness.   There has to be some way to save the panther, and for her dad and the villagers to understand each other. If Kiri can't figure out what it is, she'll lose far more than the panthers--she'll lose the only home she's ever known, and the only family she has left.2018 Green Earth Honor BookColorado Book Award WinnerCAL Book Award Winner"A powerful tale." --Kirkus Reviews"Difficult to put down... An important addition on a timely subject." --School Library Journal"Tackles an important theme in a compelling way...a fantastical tale with roots in real-world issues." --Booklist"Earnest, heartfelt, and passionate, this book will likely inspire new environmentalists." --Bulletin"A boldly original, profoundly wise, deeply moving book. It's a rare gift to any reader, as well as to our planet." --T. A. Barron, best-selling author of the Merlin Saga

Book Details


  • Adventure
  • Animals
  • Environment
  • Science Fiction

Age Level: 

  • 8 - 12
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Kiri doesn’t belong with the wallers (city dwellers) or the fugees. She sees that even more fully when the fugees catch a leatherback turtle thought to be extinct. Kiri runs to her father, a waller, hoping he can help save the turtle. Sadly, he fails and offends the fugees, causing the fugees to ban Kiri and her father from the village.

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