by Anna Kenna
“This book is dedicated to young people throughout the world who are demanding action to save our planet in this time of crisis.”
At the outset the intention is stated, and throughout the 168 pages of text there’s no apology for keeping to it.
Caitlin, in her early teens, has already gained a reputation as a stirrer. In a good way. She takes on causes, looking into issues she feels need investigating. She’s abetted by an equally concerned librarian and a news reporter. Under the name Viola Vincent, Caitlin has been instrumental in bringing about changes in other social areas.
This time, after she picks up a tummy bug at a swimming hole in a river, she takes on the problem of polluted water – part of her wider concern for environmental reform and control.
Lessons about the environment and its management are well incorporated into the dialogue so don’t appear contrived.
Even better, the story includes iwi views and sensitivities around whose voices are being listened to.
Despite the serious messages at its heart, the book is not heavy – it’s an easy and entertaining read that addresses important matters in a way well geared to teens. It is well timed to support growing environmental concern among young people as has been shown in recent youth protests.
It’s definitely one that should be added to every school library.
Author: Anna Kenna
Publisher: Tiromoana Publishing