Karen Hood-Caddy is an avid nature lover and the author of five novels. Her first novel in The Wild Place Adventure Series, Howl, was nominated for the Canadian Library Associationâ€™s Book of the Year for Children Award and the Violet Downey Book Award. She lives on Georgian Bay, Ontario.
Can a high-seas, whale-saving adventure repair the hurt between two friends?
How do you decide where your heart lies when itâ€™s being tugged at from so many sides?
When Robin and Zo-Zo discover that their beloved lake has become a toxic sludge â€” the result of an algae bloom â€” they know they have to do something to fix it. But trouble begins when the two friends develop a crush on the same boy during a community meeting to save the lake.
To help repair things between the girls, Robinâ€™s grandmother, Griff, suggests a high-seas adventure with a whale-saving old friend of hers. Out on the open water Robin must decide whatâ€™s more important: a relationship with a boy or saving the animals she loves.
Hood-Caddy seamlessly integrates information about ecology and animal conservation into the plot, which will both enlighten and entertain middle-grade readers.
A touching work that will stir young readers to become environmentalists which tackles the usual adolescent issues.Â
There are many reasons to recommend this book. Itâ€™s entertaining, informative and inspiring, all while exploring relationships and passions.
Many of the issues raised add an element of intrigue and excitement to a novel that also touches on more traditional teen issues.
Hood-Caddy uses evocative language to paint a picture in the readers mind. The characters are relatable and engaging.