Ben M. Baglio
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Ben M. Baglio (born 1960 in New York), created the brief for 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. The books were written by commissioned writers in the UK under Baglio's instruction and published using the pseudonym Lucy Daniels in the UK. Each author is named with a 'Special Thanks' on the copyright page – see Dolphin in the Deep copyright page for an example. In the USA the books are published under the name of Ben M. Baglio so this name is effectively both a man born in 1960 and also the collective pseudonym for the group of writers who write the books.
Using his real name he also wrote the book series The Pet Finders Club, featuring a group of three children who search for people's lost pets.
In Dolphin Diaries, a girl named Jody McGrath discovers and befriends a friendly Bottlenose Dolphin whom 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 in 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.
List of books
- Into the Blue (written by Ben M. Baglio)
- Touching the waves (written by Lisa Tuttle)'
- Riding the Storm (written by Lisa Tuttle)'
- Under the Stars (written by Lisa Tuttle)'
- Chasing the Dream (written by Lisa Tuttle)'
- Racing the Wind (written by Lisa Tuttle)'
- Leaving the Shallows
- Beyond the Sunrise
- Following the Rainbow (written by Lisa Tuttle)'
- Dancing the Seas (written by Lisa Tuttle)'
The Pet Finders Club
In The Pet Finders Club, a girl named Andie Talbot has moved to Radcliffe, Lancaster, from Texas. She has a Jack Russell Terrier named Buddy, who escapes from the house during a thunderstorm and gets lost. While trying to find him, Andie befriends Tristan Saunders, a red-haired boy who has a long-lost cat named Lucy, and he helps her look. They also manage to find a lost Black Labrador, which belongs to fashion-conscious Natalie Lewis, and the three of them form The Pet Finders Club after Buddy is found. Together they track down lots of missing pets, and even missing owners. There is even a burglary at their local pet shop, Paws for Thought, which is owned by Tristan's mum's cousin, Christine Wilson.
List of books
- Come Back, Buddy!
- Max is Missing
- Looking for Lola
- Rescuing Raisin
- The Dog With No Name
- Searching for Sunshine
- Disappearing Desert Kittens
- Dachshund in Danger
- Runaway Rascal
- Help Honey
In 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 Labrador named "Blackie" that belongs to Mandy's friend and behaves very manic, and also sometimes goes on the adventures. 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.
Jess the Border Collie
In Jess the Border Collie, 11-year-old Jenny Miles lives on her family's farm, Windy Hill, which is a working sheep farm, with no room for pets. When one of her father's newborn puppies are born with a bad leg, it's up to Jenny to convince her dad that the puppy, whom she names Jess, is worth saving. Soon, Jess is making himself useful, helping Jenny, helping the farm, and helping the neighbours.
- The Arrival
- The Challenge
- The Runaway
- The Betrayal
- The Sacrifice
- The Homecoming
- The Discovery
- The Gift
- The Promise
- John Crace. "If you knew Lucy | Books". Guardian.co.uk. Retrieved 2015-05-06.
- "Animal Ark: Dolphin in the Deep (Animal Ark Classics): Amazon.co.uk: Lucy Daniels: 9780340877050: Books". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 2015-05-06.
- "Amazon.com: animal ark: Books". www.amazon.com. Retrieved 2015-05-09.