Goodreads reviewer ~ 4 stars, delightful and imaginative. “Kat and her brother Joshua stumble into the adventure of a lifetime on a trip to the zoo. Kat has always been told she was special, but always in the way that meant other people needed to care for her. Her older brother Joshua has always done just that. But Kat learns she’s special for another reason when her spontaneous plan to rescue a panther from the zoo sends the two to a magical animal sanctuary that protects animals either extinct or endangered. Kat’s role surprises them all.
“Kat is a sympathetic heroine. She’s realistic, still showing some of the naivete and impatience typical of her age, but her age is just what makes it work. She’s still too young to ignore magic, or talking animals, and not yet jaded enough to give up hope when things get tough. There is a nice infusion of humor throughout the story, and effective use of illustrations. It’s hopeful and uplifting, and just alot of fun.”
Find out more about Porirua author Rodney Strong via his author page.
Illustrator Lani Scott
Lani is a Porirua based graphic artist who has collaborated with Rodney on two books, Escape from School and Karmartha – The Last Garden.