The book called “The Wild Ones: Great Escape” by C. Alexander London is about a raccoon named Kit and his animal friends (the Wild Ones) in Ankle Snap Alley. This book is a third in the Wild One Series .
The Wild Ones run into some trouble when “the humans” start taking their friends with traps to unknown places. They start realizing over time that many of their neighbors have gone missing since a season ago, and Kit and the Moonlight Brigade (his animal crew) go to extreme measures (such as capturing a hawk that kills their friends) to save their friends. Kit ties the hawk down at one of their saloons and interrogates him. Eventually they let him free, but first they ask him some questions, such as where their friends are going because he (the hawk) sees everything that happens in Ankle Snap Alley and so he would see where their friends were going.
Kit and his best friend Eeni went to the zoo because Uncle Rick got trapped by the people, so they rode on the back of a car on a unicycle made out of a old bike wheel. They fall under the car, accidentally touching a heat exhaust, and then they climbed up onto the hood of the car while the car was driving on the road.
They agreed that riding on the hood of the car is not the best way to travel. They made it to the zoo where they met a peacock named Preston Q Brightfeathers, and they decided to break their friends and family out of the zoo. Then they went back home to Ankle Snap Alley, and they described what this zoo was to their friends.
They decide to get some sleep, and Kit has a dream about Azban, the first raccoon ever. In the dream Azban tricks a farmer into freeing his dog. He does this by making him think that a firefly was a star and shining it right into the farmer’s eyes to momentarily blind the farmer. The farmer thinks the star is missing so he releases the dog, and as thanks, the dog chases Azban up a tree and tries to kill him. The dog is angry that Azban freed him because he liked the warmth of the fire and the safety of the farmer’s house. This dream shows that not all animals want to be free.
I really enjoyed this book. I recommend it for ages 7 to 11 because it has some big words in it. It also had some sad parts such as an animal getting shot. For the most part it’s a good book, and it really is intriguing. The characters seem realistic, and you can kind of picture a lot of the scenes in your head.