By Rebecca Burke
A shocking school assembly opens Valerie's eyes to the horror of animal
abuse. But what can a 14-year-old girl do to protect animals? Why even try to
attack such a huge problem?
With others from her school, she forms the Ahimsa Club -- "Ahimsa" an Indian
word meaning "the avoidance of causing harm to other living things."
As its first action, the Ahimsa Club spearheads a Pledge to Veg campaign at
school, gaining enemies and some unexpected allies. Their Save the Strays
campaign pits them against some of the town's most powerful interests when they
discover a connection between stray animals and local laboratories. Rumors--some
vicious, some comical--spread like wildfire at school and around the community.
Valerie risks losing her two best friends and starts to get frightening
Help comes from an amazing source, a Very Famous Person, whose views
unfortunately also whip up the controversy.
The Ahimsa Club explores many sides of this issue, but Valerie never wavers.
Someone has to protect the animals. For her the choice is easy-- "You cannot
come down on the side of cruelty."
This novel is geared to
young adult readers but also anyone who is interested in the dynamics of a group
devoted to animal welfare activism.