Wow, it’s November, and I’m onto my second last square for this year’s book bingo with Theresa and Amanda, my book bingo buddies! My second last square is about the environment – and I wrote this post back in May when I read the book, in my attempt to keep on top of everything as early in the year as possible, and filling in every challenge category I can as I go – leaving some specific ones until later in the year, and focusing on the general ones, which has meant some categories were filled faster than others, and sometimes, had multiple books and options.
Most of the books I have read for this challenge up until now have been novels, and for the first few months, finding a book about the environment that I knew I wanted to read or at least, one that I could find and access – with so many choices, it was hard to narrow it down. Serendipitously, I was sent The Giant and the Sea by Hachette for review back in May, and it fitted into this category perfectly. It is the first picture book I have used for this challenge.
It tells a quiet, gentle story of how climate change can and will affect the world in a cyclical way that can be read to kids or studied at school in a variety of ways across various age groups. It is one of those books that can trigger questions and ideas for all readers.
Themes of culture – The Republic of Birds by Jessica Miller
Themes of inequality – The Nine Hundred: The Extraordinary Young Women of the First Official Jewish Transport to Auschwitz by Heather Dune McAdam
Themes of Crime and Justice – A Testament of Character (Rowland Sinclair #10) by Sulari Gentill
Themes of politics and power – The Vanishing Deep by Astrid Scholte
About the environment – The Giant and the Sea by Trent Jamieson and Rovina Cai
Prize winning book – Any Ordinary Day by Leigh Sales – Walkley Book Award
Friendship, family and love – Pippa’s Island: Puppy Pandemonium by Belinda Murrell
Coming of age – Ella at Eden: New Girl by Laura Sieveking
Set in a time of war – The Paris Secret by Natasha Lester
Set in a place you dream of visiting – The Good Turn by Dervla McTiernan (Ireland)
Set in an era you’d love to travel back in time to – Dragonfly Song by Wendy Orr (Minoan Times)
A classic you’ve never read before –
Come back in December for my final square, a classic I’ve never read before!