Reviewed by CBC Reviewer
It is rare that a book of fiction becomes an NSTA/CBC Outstanding Science Trade Book. This novel presents complex scientific concepts such as ecological protection versus economic growth in an interesting format that even non–traditional science students will love.
In about 300 pages of easy–to–read text, the author describes an effort to save a reef from dredging, the dramatic rescue of an albino dolphin, and the impact that a few can have on their local habitat and the globe. Interwoven in the story are vivid descriptions of habitat: "We float on the surface, faces down, slowly spinning with the current. We are skydivers looking at a world far, far below. The red cuttlefish is still there...changing color again...stripes begin to ripple across its body in moving patterns..."
Once this narration captures the imagination of young readers, the story is inescapable. Elementary and middle level readers will love this story of the ocean and its creatures. Excerpts could also be used to develop integrated lessons in reading skills that are tied to classroom lessons on the ocean, habitats, or environmental stewardship.
Review posted on 1/17/2013