My Furry Foster Family Series

Chapter Book Series

Eight-year-old Kaita Takano and her family foster pets in this series. Ages 6–9

Truman The Dog

by Debbi Michiko Florence, illustrated by Melanie Demmer, Capstone
  • 2020-2021 Florida Sunshine State Young Readers Award Jr nominee
  • 2021 OTTER Award nominee (Washington Library Association)

“T” is for Truman, tricks, and TROUBLE! Truman the black lab might be an older rescue dog, but he’s still got enough mischief beneath his collar to keep eight-year-old Kaita Takano and her animal-fostering family on their toes from morning till night. Chewed through and through, the playfully illustrated, Kaita-narrated chapter book promises plenty of canine fun.

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“The focus on fostering animals rather than adopting them brings the topics of caregiving and sacrifice to light. An adorable first book in a new series for animal lovers.”
—Kirkus Reviews
“There are many worthwhile elements—a responsible and helpful protagonist, a diverse and loving family, and the message that rescuing animals is worthwhile. A sweet title that will appeal to young readers who love dogs.”

–School Library Journal

Buttons the Kitten

by Debbi Michiko Florence, illustrated by Melanie Demmer, Capstone

All of Buttons’ playful, super-friendly littermates are being adopted, one right after the other. But not Buttons. How do you find THE shyest kitten in the world his forever home? That’s the big question eight-year-old Kaita Takano and her animal-fostering family need to answer in this illustrated, sweet-natured, tabby-filled chapter book narrated by Kaita herself.

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Apple and Annie, the Hamster Duo

by Debbi Michiko Florence, illustrated by Melanie Demmer, Capstone

Annie and Apple are a pair of chatty, restless dwarf hamsters from the animal shelter who are being fostered by eight-year-old Kaita Takano and her family. Kaita can’t wait to find forever homes for the inquisitive furballs―but first, she has to find them! Bright, engaging illustrations and 1st-person narration invite early chapter-book readers into the nonstop fun and adventure.

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Betty the Bearded Dragon

by Debbi Michiko Florence, illustrated by Melanie Demmer, Capstone

Eight-year-old Kaita Takano and her family are old pros at fostering rescued dogs and cats from the local animal shelter. But they’ve got their work cut out for them when a beautiful bearded dragon with plenty of attitude arrives at their doorstep. Even though Kaita narrates the rollicking adventure, this charmingly illustrated chapter book is all about Betty!

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Roo the Rabbit

by Debbi Michiko Florence, illustrated by Melanie Demmer, Capstone

A new foster pet, someBUNNY special, has arrived at the Takano house, and eight-year-old Kaita is over the moon! But Roo isn’t lick-your-face friendly like the dogs Kaita’s used to fostering, and she soon wonders if she’ll ever be able to break the ice and find the skittish mini lop a forever home. The chapter book is a charmingly illustrated lesson in patience, narrated by Kaita herself.

August 1, 2020

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Murray the Ferret

by Debbi Michiko Florence, illustrated by Melanie Demmer, Capstone

Since the Takano family’s new foster pet, Murray the ferret, arrived at their house, all sorts of things have gone missing: shoes, jewelry, keys, coins . . . Although eight-year-old Kaita enjoys solving the mysteries, she worries that finding a forever home for the lovable furry bandit will be near impossible! Playful illustrations and lots of sleuthing fun make this chapter book a treat for animal lovers and mystery fans alike.

August 1, 2020

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Kingston the Great Dane

by Debbi Michiko Florence, illustrated by Melanie Demmer, Capstone

What do you do with a gentle Great Dane who’s the size of a cow but acts like he’s no bigger than a mini dachshund? If you’re eight-year-old Kaita Takano and her animal-fostering family, you shower the dog with love and do everything you can to find him a forever home. Sweet-natured illustrations and Kaita’s first-person narration pair up for plenty of chapter book fun.

August 1, 2020

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Tiki the Cockatoo

by Debbi Michiko Florence, illustrated by Melanie Demmer, Capstone

Tiki the cockatoo is the Takano family’s newest foster pet and thanks to her ear-splitting screeching, the entire neighborhood knows it! Eight-year-old Kaita has to pull out all the tricks to keep the feathered squawker calm and content and find Tiki a forever home before everyone goes crazy! Giggle-inducing illustrations and 1st-person narration bring this noisy early chapter-book adventure to life.

August 1, 2020

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