Bainbridge author Amanda Mander’s “Wild Rescues – Amazing Stories from a Wildlife Shelter” will launch at Eagle Harbor Books on Sunday, January 13th at 3:00 pm. Come meet Amanda and Opal the Opossum from the Westsound Wildlife Shelter.

In this, her newest book, Amanda shares eight creative nonfiction stories based on real animals that were taken in by the Westsound Wildlife Shelter.

Each story focuses on a different animal and the teen that rescued it, following the animal from discovery and rescue, to rehabilitation and release. Along the way, readers learn about common situations that rescuers come across, including ones where it’s best to leave the animal where it was found. On top of learning best practices for being a wildlife rescuer in our own community, readers also learn about the animal species itself with fact pages throughout the book.

A true community effort, Wild Rescues is a collaboration of people of all ages across the length of the island. The artwork within the book was hand-drawn by recent Bainbridge High School graduate Lily Forsher. Fact-checking, photographs and animal inspirations are from the staff at Westsound Wildlife Shelter, stories and writing by Amanda Mander, and book design is by Karen Schober. 

Listen here as BCB host Finn Mander interviews Amanda about her writing career, her global travels to assist in the conservation and rescue of wildlife, and what inspires her to write.  

To learn more about Amanda, you can visit her website at

Credits: BCB host and audio editor: Finn Mander; publisher: Diane Walker; social media: Jen St. Louis.