Starlight Animal Rescue

Starlight Animal Rescue is a place where problem animals are trained and become loyal companions. It’s also the place where teens with nowhere to fit in find a place to belong.

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Dandi Daley Mackall
Dandi Daley Mackall is the award-winning author of over 450 books for children and adults. She visits countless schools, conducts writing assemblies and workshops across the United States, and presents keynote addresses at conferences and young author events. She is also a frequent guest on radio talk shows and has made dozens of appearances on TV. She has won several awards for her writing, including the Helen Keating Ott Award for Contributions to Children's Literature, the Edgar Award, and a two-time Mom's Choice Award winner. Dandi writes from rural Ohio, where she lives with her husband, Joe…
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fun facts about the author

I grew up riding horses bareback (from the time I was age 3), and I still love riding bareback.
My first best friend weighed about 1,000 pounds. Her name was Sugar. (And she was a pinto!)
My family has two dogs who are sisters, but one is almost twice as big as the other. The little one is called Moxie, and the big one is Munch.
I live in the woods with my family and pets. But we often get uninvited guests—like a big raccoon, a pesky squirrel, and bats who swooped down the chimney. (My husband usually shows them the door.)
My husband Joe and I got to ride horses with a Navaho guide on a Navaho reservation this year. We galloped all over Monument Valley (including New Mexico, Utah, and Arizona).
Dakota Brown is a 16-year-old who is used to running away from foster homes and her problems. Her encounter with an “impossible” horse changes her.
Wes Williams is a 14-year-old whose anger can get the best of him, but a special relationship with a German Shepherd changes him.
Katharine Hall is a 12-year-old tiny girl with a big heart. Her illness hasn’t stopped her from sharing with others.
Hank Coolidge is an all-American-style boy and the biological son of the owners of Starlight. He seems to have it together until something brings out his dark side.
Annie Coolidge is the quirky mother on the farm. She is also a doctor.
Chester Coolidge is the dad on the farm and he stays at home with the kids and animals. He is also a part-time fireman.