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Ospreys in Danger

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When an osprey nest atop an electrical pole catches fire, the whole town of Waterton loses power. Being a park warden's daughter, Jenna (whom everyone calls Cricket) is there at the scene, where she finds three abandoned baby ospreys. Caring for the chicks proves to be challenging for Cricket. The birds are noisy, hungry and very picky eaters. But when she discovers that the power company is building a new anti-nesting device on the electrical pole, Cricket has an even bigger problem. How will she reunite the baby birds with their parents without a place for them to build a nest?
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Text copyright ©2014Pamela McDowell Illustrations copyright ©2014Kasia Charko All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording or by any information storage and retrieval system now known or to be invented, without permission in writing from the publisher.
Library and Archives Canada Cataloguing in Publication McDowell, Pamela, author Ospreys in danger / Pamela McDowell ; illustrated by Kasia Charko. (Orca echoes)
Issued in print and electronic formats. isbn 9781459802834(pbk.).isbn 9781459802841(pdf). isbn 9781459802858(epub)
1. OspreyJuvenile fiction. I. Charko, Kasia, 1949, illustrator II. Title. III. Series: Orca echoes ps8625.d785o86 2014jc813'.6 c20139068511 c2013906852x
First published in the United States,2014Library of Congress Control Number:2013955772
Summary: Cricket attempts to reunite baby ospreys with their parents after an electrical pole catches fire and destroys their nest.
Orca Book Publishers gratefully acknowledges the support for its publishing programs provided by the following agencies: the Government of Canada through the Canada Book Fund and the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Province of British Columbia through the BC Arts Council and the Book Publishing Tax Credit.
Cover artwork and interior illustrations by Kasia Charko Author photo by Mirror Image Photography
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For Don, who introduced me to the wind, bears, and red rocks of Waterton many moons ago.
“I ove te sme o Mondays.” Crîcket McKay tîted er nose up and cosed er eyes. Her rea name was Jenna, but everybody caed er Crîcket. It started back wen se was ive and coected undreds o crîckets on er grandpa’s arm, opîng to start a crîcket zoo. Se eventuay reeased te crîckets, but te nîckname stuck. “You’re crazy, Crîcket. Mondays don’t sme,” saîd er best rîend, Sîo. Crîcket opened er eyes. “I’mSe crazy?” watced Sîo tîptoe aong te top o te stone ence besîde te sîdewak. he ence wasn’t îg,
but ît guarded te RCMP eadquarters în te tîny vîage o Waterton. “You’d better get of o tere beore Constabe Petîcaîre sees you. And by te way, Mondaysdosme…o popcorn!” Sîo snîfed te aîr. “Mmm, you’re rîgt. Sabîna aways makes extra popcorn on Mondays.” Every Monday, a new movîe started at te teater în te od Waterton Opera House. Sînce Marc, wen bot gîrs ad turned nîne, tey ad been aowed to wak to te teater togeter on Monday evenîngs. A orn beeped. Sîo yeped and jumped o te ence. Te gîrs turned to see a bîg wîte park-warden truck pu înto te drîveway at RCMP eadquarters. “Wat’s your dad doîng at te poîce statîon?” Sîo asked. Crîcket srugged. “I dunno. he campgrounds are gettîng u. Maybe a bear broke înto somebody’s cooer.”
Crîcket’s dad was a warden în Waterton Lakes Natîona Park. He spent a ot o tîme sortîng out dîsagreements between wîdîe and tourîsts. he gîrs waved to Warden McKay, ten crossed te street to te teater. hey îned up at te tîcket wîndow outsîde and ten Crîcket bougt some îcorîce rom Sabîna at te snack counter. Crîcket and Sîo cîmbed te staîrs to te irst row o te bacony. Because te teater was în te opera ouse, ît ad scruncy seats and no cup oders—but te bacony was coo. he îgts dîmmed, and Crîcket opened er îcorîce. In te mîdde o te tîrd prevîew, te screen suddeny went back. he teater was competey dark. “Wat’s goîng on?” Sîo’s voîce was tense. Orange emergency îgts snapped on. Te exît near te stage gowed. Te gîrs ooked at eac oter, teîr eyes wîde. Notîng îke tîs ad ever appened beore.
“Um, sorry, oks,” Sabîna’s voîce ecoed troug te teater. “We’ve competey ost power. here’s no ire, no emergency, but pease exît te buîdîng.” Crîcket tucked te îcorîce înto er pocket, and te gîrs et teîr way down te staîrs. Sabîna dîrected everyone out onto te sîdewak. “he îgts are of everywere,” Crîcket saîd. Se poînted down te street, were peope udded outsîde dark restaurants and stores. “Great,” Sîo saîd. Se squîsed coser to Crîcket. Se was a daredevî and a tomboy, but Sîo reay dîdn’t îke te dark. “Hey, ere’s my dad,” Crîcket saîd. he bîg park-warden truck stopped în ront o te opera ouse. Its orange warnîng îgts lased, îgtîng up te street and peope’s aces. Warden McKay owered te truck wîndow. “Do you gîrs want a rîde?” “You bet!” Sîo saîd. he gîrs cîmbed în and dîd up teîr seat bets.