In Riley Carson and the Cherokee Caves by Megan Wargula, Riley and Finn discover a number of deceased dogs that seem to have been abused. With the death of her dog, Sammy, still fresh on her mind, Riley will do whatever it takes to end the canine cruelty.
The pair believe that there may be some connection to the crimes with the mystical Cherokee Caves. Legend has it that the Cherokee hid their gold among the complex system of caves when they were forced off of their land. Locating the caves proves to be much more challenging than expected.
Riley soon discovers that she has a somewhat magical gift that may provide clues to this epic mystery. Will Finn and Riley ever find the mysterious caves? Will the dogs of Roswell ever be safe again?
I was hooked on this story from page one! Wargula's writing style truly captures the tension and suspense that Riley and Finn face throughout the book. When I reached the end of each chapter, I kept wanting to read more.
Being an avid animal advocate and proud fur parent to five rescue dogs, I love that Wargula's book highlights the cruelty of puppy mills. Many people do not realize where the cute puppies in the pet stores come from. Their parents are often treated horribly. One of my own dogs was rescued from a puppy mill. She was kept in a cage for most of her young life and her leg muscles did not properly develop. While she is able to walk, she can't jump.
This is a wonderful story for readers ages 8-12. The book would also make a wonderful gift for those that work in animal rescue or have a passion for pets.