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The Last Panther — 5 Comments

  1. Set in the ambiguously near future, the first thing that struck me in this story was the freedom of movement the kids have on the island. I thought it interesting that the initial conflict in the story over the sea creature sets up a fairly clear opposition, but the main character quickly begins to see the nuance of the arguments. The story pulls you in as the altercations between the two sides swiftly magnify to dangerous proportions. The world of the story feels expansive and dynamic, and very relevant in our current discussions of our future as global citizens. I also appreciate that this book did not focus solely on science, stepping into some mysticism and the spiritual exploration of the main character, focusing on the soul as well as the mind and body.

  2. This was interesting how Kiri was in the middle of what the villagers wanted as to what her father wanted. She seems for very mature and can see the sides to both situations. I was not sure I would like it, but I am an animal lover and this one got me.

  3. I started reading this a bit begrudgingly, thinking it was going to be another one of those make-everyone-feel-guilty-try-to-save-the-planet kinds of books. I was pleasantly surprised and enjoyed the storyline! The main character, Kiri, brings together different groups of people to help make a change that is a WIN for everyone involved. It was a bit futuristic and that future is rather bleak. Although their culmination of changes, does make their worlds better.

  4. Kiri is a smart girl, with good character development. I enjoy the pull between her father and the villagers, as opposing views. Kiri can see both sides, but doesn’t really fully agree with either. Can she solve this dilemma? She does, and the result feels like too perfect of an ending. I love the cover illustration, and hope that it will help to encourage many library circulations with my 4th-6th grade readers. 4 and a half stars.

  5. When I first picked up The Last Panther, I wasn’t entirely sure if I would like it. However, once I got into the book, I really enjoyed reading about Kiri and her relationship with her Da and the villagers and trying to figure out how her mom fit into the story as well. When she encounters the “extinct” panther, you can feel the indecision she faces. It would lead to great discussions….who would side with her Da and who would side with the villagers. I really enjoyed this book!
    5 stars! *****

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