Book Review: The Rescue Team by Billi Tiner

When I  first met Author Billi Tiner  on Twitter and saw the cover of  The Rescue Team, the first thing that intrigued me about this wonderful book for youngsters in the “middle grades” or grades 9-12, was the cover! The cover features the two “stars” of this heartwarming and excitement filled book, Ellie, a Border Collie with an endearing “smile”  and a penchant for “spinning”, ( Shelties can certainly relate!), who was unceremoniously “dumped” off at a shelter when his owners discovered they were going to have a baby, and Toby, a silver-gray tabby cat, who was also treated less than admirably by his owners.  For those who read both of my blogs, do these two remind you of anybody?


to purchase in paperback or Kindle form, click on the book cover!

to purchase in paperback or Kindle form, click on the book cover!

That’s right! The two featured on the cover remind me of my Dakota and Cody!

Flat Cody and Flat Dakota that Mom had bought for trip

Cody and Dakota!

When I read the first few pages I was hooked!  There were many things that I loved about this book, but one of the main themes that I loved was the “pay it forward” message that Ellie and Toby display throughout the entire story. Having been rescued, they live their lives rescuing OTHERS, both people and other animals. Ellie, being a “working” dog, finds her “job”,  her  “purpose”  rescuing others with Toby the cat, working devotedly by his side.

There are delightful “messages” or “lessons” that are learned when young people AND adults read The Rescue Team. The “pay it forward” message is clear but there are more messages such as, the power of love, devotion, determination, trust, courage, hope, to name a few.

Another aspect of The Rescue Team that I found to be delightful, was how Author Billi Tiner has the animals that are in this book “speak” to each other.  There are examples of how they speak with their “eyes” throughout the book, sensing whether a person or an animal can be trusted, just by looking into their eyes.  The animals in The Rescue Team “speak” to each other when no humans are around, they also have an uncanny ability to “speak” to the humans, Anne Richards, who adopts Ellie and Toby, and Brent Davis, the EMT who rescues Anne,  (in more ways than one!)

Animals have an inherent form  of communicating  that humans who LISTEN  understand, be it a “smile”, a “spin”, a tail wag, a cat showing love through brushing up against a human, Tiner shows throughout this book that SHE is an animal lover by her obvious understanding of these “gestures.”

 The Rescue Team also teaches us  how, often our first impressions can be wrong, as exhibited when Toby the cat is startled by Tank, the “huge” dog with the “freaky” eyes (one blue, one brown) that sent Toby running up the first tree that he could find!

The Rescue Team is a quick read,  fast-moving, exciting, packed with warmhearted “feel good” moments and lessons that can be learned by both young people and adults alike.

Be sure to put this one on your MUST READ list!


ISBN 9781478318156

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  1. Looks like a great book Dakota. Have a wonderful Monday 🙂 xx00xx

    Mollie and Alfie

  2. Sounds like another winner! How do you find all these great dog books?

    • It is a good one, especially for that age group but I enjoyed it too. The VAST majority of the books that I review are mailed to my house without my asking for them. When a publisher sees a review that is done (they see them on their own I do not send them to them, but they are on twitter etc) and they like them, they send unsolicited books to review.
      Some are sent as a result of connecting with the person on Social Media (like this one, I met her on Twitter)
      Some are referred to me by other authors who have liked my reviews!
      Thanks! Love, Mom

  3. They really do look like Cody and Dakota – amazing! Looks like a great read.

  4. Holy Milkbones! You are turning into a bookworm with all the reviews! Nice review, though.

    • between the 2 blogs I read around 50 books a year……:) Thanks……

  5. Sounds like a good book, love that they speak with their eyes in the book!

  6. They live their lives rescuing others – oh that sounds interesting – Thanks Dakota!!! The cover with Cody and Dakota would look great too ;o) Currently I haven’t enough time to read books to my staff – but it’s on my “most wanted”-list now

  7. Sounds like a great book!

  8. Looks like a really cute book. And the cover reminds me of your two guys! How cool!

  9. The book sounds really interesting.

  10. Seems like a very nice read.

  11. Great review 🙂 Looks like a good book!

    Oink oink,
    Katie and Coccolino the mini pig

  12. I love the pay it forward theme. We’ve tried to have that attitude. Having been rescued, we like to help other’s who are still waiting.

  13. darling!

  14. Sounds pretty good, thanks
    Have a fun day
    Benny & Lily

  15. I’m thinking Cody and Dakota can star in the Hollywood adaptation!

  16. Those two beautiful animals could be the stars of a new book. Dakota and Cody to the rescue.

  17. Thanks for another great book review! Love the artwork too.

    • you are welcome and thank you!!! The only art is actually the cover of the book but I love it too! Love, Mom

  18. How excited you must have been to find Dakota & Cody on the cover…That is pawsome!

    • well it isn’t really them, it just LOOKS like them 🙂 Love, Mom

  19. Woowzers! Those 2 does look like yous 2! Me is going to have a look at that book.

  20. It sounds like a great read to me! I hope Mom can find it for the nook!


    • I linked to Amazon 🙂 Love, Mom

  21. Sounds like a good book. I have seen several dog-related stories I would be interested in reading but I can’t find the time.

    • I usually devote a weekend or one weekend night (or day) to reading a book that I am reviewing. I don’t have much time either but devoting a weekend to it works for me! Love, “Mom”

  22. Thank you for the recommendation! My nephews are still young, but one loves dogs and cats. I’ll have to bookmark this for the future (or buy now and save it for later). It looks like a great book with many great lessons.

    • Penny this would be perfect for your nephews. Even if they cannot read it themselves (yet) it is a book that could most certainly be read TO THEM. The lessons are worth learning early! Love, “Mom”

  23. Nice to meet you Dakota!
    That book does look interesting

    • Thanks Cotton! Nice to meet you too! The book is WONDERFUL! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  24. sounds like a great read!

  25. Hi There,

    You’re right, the cover does make me think of you handsome guys! Sounds like a lovely book with great messages, Mum thinks it might be great for her nephew, he loves animals and books! 🙂

    Big wags,

    Your pal Snoopy 🙂

    • Hi Snoopy!! Ohhhh your Mum’s nephew would LOVE this book! He is the perfect age! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  26. The cover does look like your babies. Thanks for the review!

  27. Sounds like a really good book! It has to be good cause the cover looks like Dakota and Cody!

  28. This looks like a great read. We’ll have to go check it out!

  29. We are always looking for new dog books! Thanks!

    • you are welcome!!! Love, Mom

  30. I like Billi Tiner’s books. She wrote a column at my blog last year called Ask The Vet. It was some very informative health care articles for dogs and cats. Search the blog for Ask the Vet. Thanks for sharing.

    • Thanks for stopping by to tell me! Love, “Mom”

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