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Fiction Ages 6-8
Pages: 64
Themes: ospreys, baby animals, national parks, animal rescue, wildlife protection, forest fires
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 01/May/2014
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Jenna "Cricket" McKay, protector of wildlife, stars in her first adventure!

When an osprey nest atop an electrical pole catches fire, the whole town of Waterton loses power. Being a park warden’s daughter, Jenna (whom everyone calls Cricket) is there at the scene, where she finds three abandoned baby ospreys. Caring for the chicks proves to be challenging for Cricket. The birds are noisy, hungry and very picky eaters. But when she discovers that the power company is building a new anti-nesting device on the electrical pole, Cricket has an even bigger problem. How will she reunite the baby birds with their parents without a place for them to build a nest?

CM Magazine
"McDowell has done of fine job of telling an interesting and immediate story to children who are becoming interested in environmentalism and who can connect to events in this story...Charko's illustrations add increased meaning to the text as they give readers more access to what an osprey looks like, what the environment looks like, and especially what a power pole looks like to make the problem in this book make sense."
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"This story fits well within the Orca Echoes theme of social responsibility, and teaches readers about osprey and what can happen when wild animals and human infrastructure intersect. There is also information about the true story that informed the book, and further information about osprey. Interesting and engaging, with a happy ending."
Canadian Teacher Magazine
"Would make a great tie-in to a class science study of environmentalism or wildlife habitats. For those practising reading skills it might be used as a read aloud to focus on inferring, predicting, problem solving and learning styles."
Southwestern Ohio Young Adult Materials Review Group
"Children who are becoming interested in environmental and conservation issues will be drawn into Cricket’s conflict between wildlife and humans."
School Librarian's Workshop
"An exciting tale for young animal lovers."


CCBC Best Books  | 2014 | Commended
Green Earth Book Award nominee  | 2015 | Short-listed


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