~CHARACTER INTERVIEW~ Author June Mccrary Jacobs's Interview with Main Character, Weston Gregg, From Res-Q Tyler Stop, A Middle-Grade Historical Adventure Set In Northern California In 1968
June: Hello, Weston. It's nice to meet you. Tell us a little about yourself.
Weston: Hi. Well, I'm eleven-years-old and I live with my family on our property in Tyler Stop, California. I'm a sixth grader this year. My little sister, Wendy, is nine-years old; she's a fourth grader. What else do you want to know?
June: Tell us about your hobbies. Do you belong to any clubs or groups?
Weston: I'm the president of our RES-Q Tyler Stop animal rescue group. Wendy is the vice-president. I'm a Boy Scout, so I like to hike, camp, fish, go on adventures, and learn new stuff. I love animals, so we have a lot of pets at home. Wendy and I take care of them together. Here are some pictures of our dog, cat, turtle, and rabbit.
I like to explore our property and play with our dog, Diamond. When I'm inside I like to read and make model airplanes. Sometimes I watch TV or listen to the radio or records. Oh, and I love baseball. The San Francisco Giants are my favorite team, but there's a brand new team down in Oakland called the Athletics that I follow too.
June: Tell us a little bit more about your animal rescue group. RES-Q Tyler Stop is a neat name.
Weston: Sure! I love to talk about our group. Back in the summer my sister and I found six rabbits that were abandoned at the fairgrounds. We were in the exhibit hall helping our dad clean up after the fair ended and we saw these bunnies in their cages. It was really hot, and they didn't have any food or water. We didn't think they were going to make it. It was scary.
June: What happened next?
Weston: Oh, right. We called my dad over and he told us what to do to cool down the rabbits. Then Tyler Stop's new veterinarian, Dr. Lake, came and checked them out. He said we saved the rabbits by giving them water and trying to cool them down. We found out the family who owned the rabbits was in a car wreck and that's why they left their pets at the fairgrounds. Do you want to hear more?
June: Yes. I'd like you to share how you and Wendy hatched the idea for RES-Q Tyler Stop.
Weston: OK. The family couldn't come to get their rabbits until they got out of the hospital, so Wendy and I asked Dad if we could foster the rabbits at our house until the owners could come over to take them home. He asked Mom, and she said yes. And the rest is history.
June: It is history for you, but for those of us who don't know what happened please tell us a little more about your group and how it started.
Weston: Got it. After the rabbits, we found some newborn kittens on our property. They were the kittens of our next-door neighbor's cat, Patches. We called Dr. Lake over, and he checked them out. One thing led to another and Wendy and I realized our town needed a place to take rescued animals or pets that people couldn't keep any longer. It was the summer and we had extra time on our hands, so we made up the name and asked our mom and dad if we could have an animal rescue on our property.
June: I guess they said 'yes'.
Weston: Well, you know how moms and dads are; they have to think about things before they give you an answer. But after they thought about it, they said we could do it, and they even agreed to be the secretary and treasurer for our group. So far we've taken care of a lot of dogs and cats, a snake, some guinea pigs, a turtle, and the bunnies, of course.
Weston: Am I telling too much of the story? I mean maybe people should read the book to find out everything that happened in Tyler Stop this summer and to learn what the name, 'RES-Q Tyler Stop', means.
June: I think that's a very good idea, Weston. Thanks for sharing with us today. Good luck with your rescue group and have a great year in sixth grade.
Weston: Thank you!
Photo Credits: All photos are courtesy of Canva.