Walker Books Australia
Imprint: Magic Cat Publishing
Australian RRP: $24.99
New Zealand RRP: $27.99
Another fantastic book to inspire your kiddos who are always keen to be eco-warriors especially in their own ‘backyard’ so to speak. This book collates the stories of 12 real-life child environmental entrepreneurs who have identified problems within either their own sphere/locale or globally and engineered their individual responses to solve these.
Children as young as 9 year old Fink from Germany have responded both thoughtfully and successfully to address issues of climate change, habitats and animal protection.
From France to South Africa, India to Australia or Kenya to Ukraine these kids are the champions of the future preservation of the planet and your kiddos could be likewise.
Any unit of work concerning this topic is always a rich source of real-life applications for children and their enthusiasm for embracing and organising change is amazing. Over the years I have seen many students take up the gauntlet of being change-agents whether in their schools, their homes or their communities and certainly these real-life stories will be a source of real inspiration to your own budding activists.
Each double spread features a particular child, their story and facts that not only relate to the environmental focus but include cultural or community details in easy-to-digest snippets.
This is just a marvellous book and I for one will be promoting it to my junior classes and their teachers.
HIghly recommended for readers from around 7 years upwards.
When Deborah Abela started her ‘cranky climate change’ series it was because she was prompted to do so by the refusal of world governments to take action against the obvious and dangerous climatic changes threatening the world as we know it. A decade after the publication of Grimsdon our global leaders still prove to be ignorant and, worse, reckless about the increasingly dire situation facing humanity.
Isabella and Griffin along with their friends have now become settled in New City with Jeremiah acting as their guardian. They attend The Academy where they are learning many new and exciting things but need to deal with situations, not perhaps as dangerous as their adventures in Grimsdon, but certainly fraught. One of their fellow students is the much-lauded Aleksander Larsen, an up-and-coming brilliant star though not necessarily likeable. It doesn’t take long for Aleksander’s pseudo-charm to become something entirely different.
Wild weather is again wreaking havoc with inexplicable and unpredictable patterns and Jeremiah is hard-pressed with the Bureau of Weather neither to make sense of any of it nor to stop it. It is almost as though there is something entirely unnatural about it all. And indeed there is. A grim spectre from the past has risen and presents a ruthless and wanton danger not only to the children but to the entire world. And like so many of our own so-called leaders the bottom line is money and power with not so much as a fleeting thought or concern for any who might get in the way.
Once again Deborah has given middle school readers a thrilling adventure/fantasy that will have readers on the edge of their seats but also will give them much on which to reflect. As young people such as Greta Thunberg take action in a powerful (and fast growing) global movement, in a world where the power-mongers refuse to act this is exactly the kind of narrative to inspire more and more of our future citizens.
Kudos to Deborah for another inspired instalment in what has become one of the most popular series for this age group!
Highly recommended for readers from around ten years upwards.