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Jackie's Wild Seattle

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Written by Will Hobbs

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Table of Contents
Characters
Setting
Problem
Point of View
Plot
Climax
Resolution
Author's Message
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Characters

Shannon- Shannon is the main character of the story. She is a 14 year old girl from Weehawken, New Jersey. Her hopes for her Seattle trip were shattered as soon as she and her little brother, Cody, were greeted by her Uncle Neal at the Seattle airport. Neal was nothing like Shannon remembered. His thin frame and shaved head was a startling new look and he seemed too weak to take her rock climbing, her favorite activity. Shannon learned to let go of her expectations and embrace things for what they really are. Shannon is a strong and courageous person. She showed her strength as the big sister who had to protect her brother Cody from some of the hard truths in their lives. She had to step above her own wants to give Cody what he needed, security. Shannon demonstrated incredible strength both physically and mentally when she volunteered to rescue a baby seal. She rappelled down a treacherous cliff in order to save the injured seal from the crashing waves. When Shannon started back up the cliff with the heavy seal on her back, Shannon had to dig down deep to keep going. She wanted to give up but she was able to find the strength she needed by thinking of the people who needed her and inspired her. Shannon also showed strength on several occasions when animals where injured or dying. After seeing her Uncle Neal brave through an attack by a Red Hawk, Shannon started to rescue animals herself. She also likes Tyler even though he harmed an animal, and she rescues harmed animals.
Cody- is Shannon's little brother and was the second to see a plane fly into the tower. Cody loves to play video games. Cody's ride home with the raccoons was hectic. Cody accidently let the raccoons out of their cage. he ran into the woods with out telling shannon to put a lost turtle in the water.
Tyler- Tyler's in a really tough spot this summer, because of his dad not liking that he needs to pay his time off with Jackie and the rest of the clinic. He broke a dog's back, and drowned it, he dosen't know why he did it though, they think because he was very mad and frustrated. so he needs to spend time with Jackie's Wild Seattle to pay off the time. He has wild crazy hair and has feelings for Shannon and Shannon has feelings for him.

Neal- Neal is Shannon and Cody's uncle, and a brother of their mom. He spends the summer with them, while their mom and dad were in Pakistan, working for Doctors Without Borders. He is really sick,found out by Shannon aftera mishap where Neal cut his finger almost off because of a red-tailed hawk and didn't tell Shannon and Cody's parents, or they wouldn't probably have let Shannon and Cody come to Seattle for the summer. He is also a volunteer for Jackie's wild Seattle, he catches the hurt animals, Jackie fixes them up.
Jackie- Jackie's the person that owns Jackie's Wild Seattle. She got the land in a fight with Tyler's dad. Tyler's dad wanted the land, but Jackie had a better deal for it, so she got it. After Tyler started working at the place, and being trained with a Bald Eagle, he didn't get too happy. Jackie also has two dogs and is very nice, but she knows how to whip the kids in place.

Sage- Sage is Neal's partener in helping him save animal she doesnt like kids that much because when she was a puppy a little kid stepped on her foot on purpose that hurt her very badly, but she is getting used to Cody and Shannon! To respond to several animal recues, to prevent confusion, words like tidnab and lockjaw simbolize animals in a search! Shannon stayed away from sage but Cody would not give up on trying to get Sage to like him, luckly in the end Sage did like her.

Tylers dad- Not much is known about his dad though he is very mean and not understanding of Tylers inner feelings about Jackies. He also was arrested for trying to set fire them and the bear cage. He also abuses animals which is why RTyler abused that dog, he got it from his father.

Setting

Jackie's Wild Seattle takes place the summer after 9/11. The lead characters, 14 year old Shannon, and her brother, 7 year old Cody, live in Weehawken, New Jersey which is right over the river from the World Trade Center. Cody saw the second plane fly into the tower and was quite traumatized by the experience.The story mostly takes place in Jackies wild seattle where they rescue several animals. It also takes place at the many places Shannon, Cody, and their Uncle go to visit to resuce lost or hurt animals. They go all over the state even to other states.

Problem

There are many conflicts and problems in this story. Cory is traumatized by seeing the World Trade Center fall on 9/11 and Shannon does not know how to help him get over it. Neal is not the uncle Shannon remembered and she doesn't know why. Shannon's parents are in Pakistan and Afghanastan and Shannon goes days without hearing from them but she doesn't want to scare Cody by showing her concern. Tyler is a better person than he likes others to know and Shannon wants to help others see the good side of him. Neal has latched onto a rescued eagle he named Liberty, but Liberty is not going to make it.

Point of View

The story is told from Shannon's point of view. If it was told from Neal's point of view the reader would have know from the beginning why Neal looked the way he did and why he was working for Jackie's WIld Seattle. The reader never really knows how Neal feels, only how Shannon thinks Neal feels. It would be intersting to find out how Neal felt when the kids arrived.

Plot

Jackie's Wild Seattle begins with two siblings, Shannon and Cody, are on their way from Weehawken, New Jersey, to Seattle, Washington to stay with their uncle for the summer. Their parents, both physicians, have volunteered to work for Doctors Without Borders in Pakistan. (See mapto view map as a KML you must have Google Earth)Upon arriving in Seattle, the children's Uncle Neal takes them to the top of the Space Needle where they can view Lake Washington, Puget Sound, and Mount Rainer.

Climax

The turning point of this story was when Neal's thumb almost got taken off by a raven. Shannon and Cody witnessed Neal's bravery and dedication to saving animals before himself. His courage inspired Shannon to start rescuing animals herself. This was also the point in the story when Shannon learned that Neal had cancer. Everything about Neal made sense to her when she found that out. Shannon changed after the raven incident. She became more open to seeing other people's perspectives before jumping to her own conclusions. She became stronger because she felt if Neal could summon the courage to battle cancer and save animals under dangerous conditions, she could brave her own problems.

Resolution

The problem was resolved when Shannon and Cody got home to thier mom and dad, and they got the news that Uncle Neal didn't have cancer.

Author's Message

I think that the Author’s Message in Jackie’s Wild Seattle is that saving animals or any other life, is a life-risking thing that more people should try. Remember when Shannon saved that seal, and she almost dropped the pack because she thought that she might not be able to do it? She showed a perfect example of it, even though Neal said that if she wanted to, she could drop the pack that it was in, and if she knew that the seal was going to die, even though she saved it from a death right there, she would have done it anyway, I believe, because it would have been the right thing to do, and she wouldn’t have left that seal to die by getting swept in by the sea. Also, when Shannon, Cody, and Tyler put out the fire in the clinic, that shows that Tyler really did like being at the farm, because if he didn’t care, he wouldn’t have put the fire out with Shannon and Cody’s help, he would have left it to burn, if he wasn’t scared of his dad hitting him.





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