Lewis, Gill and Illustrated by Aparicio, Raquel One White Dolphin 352 pgs. Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2012. $9.43. (Rating: G)
Kara’s life has been in upheaval for the past year; her mother has gone missing, her dad might lose his job, and they are selling their beloved family boat. Worst of all- the ocean by her house, and its reef, something her marine biologist mom was passionate about preserving, is in danger. When Kara finds an injured white dolphin, the community takes notice. When she makes a new friend named Felix, together, with the help of the dolphin, they start to rally the community to protect the reef.
I love this author (see my review of Wild Wings)! This was an excellent, multifaceted book that is both realistic and inspiring. The save the environment theme is popular and necessary. I really like how the characters use technology to aid in their campaign. I like the inclusion of a disabled character, Felix, who has cerebral palsy, being shown accomplishing his goals and making a difference. Students will love to read about how much power they actually have to affect change. I am excitedly anticipating future books from this author.
ELEMENTARY – ESSENTIAL Reviewer: Stephanie MLS graduate & Author.