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Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite
In Lost and Found (Mysterious Tales from Fairy Falls, #1) by Sharon Ledwith, Fairy Falls Animal Shelter no longer has the financial resources to take in and provide for its animals. A fifteen-year-old calico cat named Whiskey overhears the news and decides that the animals must join forces to find a special human who can save their home. That human is Meagan Walsh, a troubled 15-year-old, sent to the shelter to do her 200 hours of community service. She is hesitant at first, but finally agrees to use her ability to communicate with animals to raise some money and save the shelter. There are, of course, dangerous obstacles that Meagan and the animals need to overcome.
The plot is well-paced and has several good twists. The characterization of both humans and animals is deftly done. It is easy to relate to all of them, but my favorites are Whiskey, Meagan, Aunt Izzy, Nat, and the air-headed Louis. On the other hand, I met a cat like Shadow before and, suffice to say, it wasn’t a great experience. It’s funny how the animals in the story labeled the humans according to their traits; the bossy one, the loud one, the kind one and so forth. On a deeper level, this story reflects how we should treat all animals and is a great reminder that they deserve our empathy. On the whole, Lost and Found is packed with humor, but there are also tense, thought-provoking, and sad moments. This is a great start to the series and I enjoyed it immensely.