This is the first book in the Samantha series. Samantha is a 3rd grader who, like her mom the zoologist, loves rescuing animals. In this story Samantha, along with her two younger sisters and her grandparents, saves a box turtle that is in the middle of the street. Her mom explains that the turtle is a wild animal and, therefore, cannot be kept as a pet. However, since Samantha's class is studying life cycles, her mom allows Samantha to take the turtle to school for a day. That's when Samantha loses the box turtle!
Students, especially those who love animals and learning facts about them, will really enjoy getting to know Samantha and her family. I was excited to discover that the author, Daisy Griffin, lives in Auburn! (I hope to meet her one day since I live in Auburn too!) As a bonus, the book has a fun fact list at the end and a quiz to check your level of expertise on box turtles. I recommend this book to 2nd-4th graders.