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Author: Philippe Cousteau and Deborah Hopkinson

Illustrator: Meilo So

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Publisher: Chronicle Books, 2016

Material: hard cover

Summary: Vivienne was feeling lost. First, her family had just moved to South Carolina and she didn't have friends. Then Mr. J wanted the class to find a problem, but she kept getting turned around on her bike. On the weekend, she went down to the beach to dig in the sand. At first she didn't understand why she needed to refill the holes. Then her classmate Clementine showed her a dead baby loggerhead turtle and told Vivienne more about them. The turtles were disoriented and swam toward the houses, not the moon over the ocean. Had the girls discovered a problem to solve? This is an informational picture book about a class of student activists who created Lights Out for Loggerheads.

Type of Reading: family reading, playtime reading, independent reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 5 to 10; read yourself: 8 to 12

Interest Level: 5 to 12

Reading Level: 3.2

Young Reader Reaction: Review pending.

Adult Reader Reaction: What I loved most about the book is that it is based on actual events. The story itself is well done, and the author has presented a guided "how to" to help kids interested in being active in their communities. The emphasis in the story relates to the turtles, but there is also a great message for kids who have just moved to a new place: getting involved in your community can help with feeling more at home and making friends.

Pros: Beautiful illustrations accompany this uplifting story about kids making a difference. There is plenty of factual content in the back, too.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow, at least. If you regularly visit the beach or have a house near a turtle nesting area, this is a book you'll want on your shelf.

If You Liked This Book, Try: TURTLE, TURTLE, WATCH OUT!   WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE GLOBAL?   SIT-IN: How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down

Educational Themes: The story does a nice job of laying out the "steps" in problem solving, whether it is community activism or something smaller. The author includes great content at the end of the book that offers more information on loggerheads, including links.

Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.

Literary Categories: Nonfiction - animals, ecology, school

Date(s) Reviewed: April 2016

Other Reviews: No Critics Reviews or reader feedback found at the time of this review.


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