- Ben M. Baglio
Ben M. Baglio (b. 1960 in
New York), using the pseudonymLucy Daniels, is the author of two series of children's books- " Dolphin Diaries" and " Animal Ark". "Dolphin Diaries" features a girl and her family from Florida, who travel around the world as marine biologists and study dolphins. "Animal Ark" features two children who work together to help animals and solve animal-related mysteries.
Dolphin Diaries", a girl named Jody McGrath discovers and befriends a friendly Bottlenose Dolphinwhom she names Apollo. He is a lone dolphin and Jody united him to his "new" pod, and follows her for a while through the series. As the story proceeds, she meets others along the way. She befriends many new people and dolphins.
Other characters of "Dolphin Diaries" are Brittany Pierce, Captain Pierce, Cameron Tucker, the tutor Maddie, her twin brothers Sean and Jimmy, her mother Gina who is Italian, and her dad Craig who is Irish. Along the way, she meets many new friends that are human and friends that are Dolphin and she has many great experiences! Unfortunately though, The Dolphin Diaries series ended with Jody and the rest of the people on the ship in the middle of the ocean.
Animal Ark", Mandy Hope and her friend James Hunter help helpless and injured animals throughout the series, and sometimes she helps perished animals on a "mission". Her parents, Adam and Emily Hope, are vets in Animal Ark (the veterinary practice that gives the series its name), which comes in handy in helping the animals she comes across. Mandy has three rabbits, Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cottontail. She is definite that she will become a vet and help sick animals in need. Other characters are Simon, a fellow nurse, and Jean Knox, the receptionist. There is also a black lab named "Blackie" that belongs to James who sometimes goes on the adventures, and Mandy's bunnies,"Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cottentail". Mandy finds that many people are actually very fond of animals and have a heart of gold. When she isn't working with animals, she is helping her parents with their work. She is a very nice girl.
List of Books
"Kittens in the Kitchen, Puppies in the Pantry, Racehorse in the Rain, Foxes in the Frost, Terrier in the Tinsel, Foals in the Field, Fun with the Furrets, Dog at the Door, Pony on the Porch, Bunnies in the Bathroom, Pup at the Palace, Pony in a Package, Husky with a Heart, Goat in the Garden, Owl in an Office, Polar Bears on the Path, Beagle in a Backpack, Mustang in the Mist, Ponies at the Point,Racoons on the Roof."
Baglio has also contributed one title, "
The First Olympics", to the Choose Your Own Adventure gamebookseries.
* [http://content.scholastic.com/browse/contributor.jsp?id=3118 Ben M. Baglio] - biography on Scholastic.com
* [http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/b/ben-m-baglio Ben M. Baglio] - bibliography on Fantasticfiction.co.uk
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