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Grace has always rushed headlong into things—often landing her in trouble. Her elderly neighbor (and close friend), Miz Ida, reminds her to think before she acts. Grace tries to be thoughtful and responsible when helping with Miz Ida's prize-winning cat, Chances, but it isn't easy. Can Grace slow down enough to keep the people (and animals) she cares for safe? Or are there times when taking chances can be a good thing? At Second Chance Ranch, the Ramirez family cares and works to find homes for all kinds of animals on their 200-acre ranch in Texas. Sisters Natalie (12), Abby (10), and twins Emily and Grace (9) all do their part to help out and give each animal the second chance it deserves.
When she was young, Laurie J. Edwards brought home many stray dogs and cats. She told her mother they just followed her home, but pieces of leftover meat from her lunch also might have helped to attract them. The pet she wanted most, though, was a horse. Her parents insisted their yard was too small. When she turned thirteen, Laurie began taking riding lessons and spent as much time as she could around horses.She grew up and became a librarian because she loved books as much as she loved animals. Then she discovered the joys of writing books as well as reading them. Now she is the author of more than 40 books.Jomike Tejido is an author and illustrator who has illustrated the books I Funny: School of Laughs and Middle School: Dog's Best Friend, as well as the Pet Charms and I Want to Be . . . Dinosaurs! series. He has fond memories of horseback riding as a kid and has always liked drawing fluffy animals. Jomike lives in Manila with his wife, two daughters, and a chow chow named Oso.