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Eco-Rangers: Pelican in Peril by Candice Lemon-Scott

Title: Eco-Rangers: Pelican in Peril

Author: Candice Lemon-Scott

Genre: Fiction

Publisher: New Frontier Publishing

Published: 1st April 2019

Format: Paperback

Pages: 102

Price: $14.99

Synopsis: When Ebony and Jay, the famous Eco Rangers, rescue a frightened-looking pelican covered in fuel, they know something terrible has happened. Why is the sea full of petrol? And where does it come from? As the Eco Rangers start investigating, they end up getting into big trouble. Join them on their mystery-solving adventures! Eco Rangers to the rescue!

Eco Rangers is an action-packed series centred around two best friends, who rescue and rehabilitate sick and injured wildlife through their local conservation centre. Ebony and Jay love helping others and looking after the environment. In each story, they meet new animal friends, solve mysteries and learn more about nature. Meet the Eco Rangers and dive into their brand-new adventures!

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Ebony and Jay are best friends – and they love the environment and doing what they can to save it. They spend their days cycling and rollicking at the beach. An influx of tourists from a cruise ship has made them feel as though their haven is being invaded, but that is the least of their worries when they discover a pelican covered in oil, and a trail of oil containers – could they be linked to the cruise ship? Ebony and Jay set out to solve the mystery – and make sure the environment they love is preserved!

I first read the second Eco-Rangers book as a LiteracyPro Quiz Writer, and earlier this year, interviewed Candice during my Isolation Publicity series back in August, and I’m making my way through the three books, which my local indie ordered and posted out for me a few months ago, when it was harder to get out all the time.

Books like this that tackle current and ongoing issues like the environment and climate change are important, and this one is aimed perfectly at newly confident readers, reluctant readers, and those who want a fun and interesting read. It builds on vocabulary and knowledge in an accessible and interesting way, without forcing something at kids, but letting them explore it through the eyes of children. This makes it a useful resource for the classroom or home, to introduce kids to these issues, and ensures that the story drives the action with the added bonus of teaching readers something new, and opens up a dialogue about what to do if you find injured animals, and the dangers of oil spills, and other social issues that can be discussed at home or in class, and is a great book to be used across a range of areas at school, including literacy, social issues, friendship and the environment.

This is the start of a fun series, that I hope I can get reviews up by the end of the year, to accompany my Isolation Publicity wrap up post. They’re short books, so I should get through them in between everything else. Candice has created a relatable story and diverse and relatable characters for all readers, that will hopefully spark something in kids and encourage them to look after their environment, even if it is only in small ways that they’re able to do at home.

I think books like these are fantastic, especially for literacy and helping kids build their knowledge and vocabulary. These short but interesting stories are powerful vehicles for this, and bridging that gap between learning to read and the next step in your reading journey as kids move through school.

A fantastic book, and now onto book two!

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