Australian Girl Series
Key Words: Environment, History, Friendship
Published: 1st Nov 2013
Reviewer: Kylie Calwell
Annabelle is very interested in turtles, in fact she is really determined to find the hatchlings that have gone missing. It’s a real mystery that no one seems to be able to figure out, not even the people at Marine World know where they went. Annabelle enlists the help of her friends Matilda, Emily, Amy and Jasmine to track the missing hatchlings. In the process they meet a famous explorer, act as pirates and run a successful campaign to raise awareness of the plight of the hatchlings.
This is an appealing story. The five friends are very different and complement each others strengths and weaknesses. The added element of time travel gives the story the interesting aspect of including a real life explorer in the tale, which is a cool little detail to encourage little ones to look at Australian history. The chapters are short and the text easy to understand. A good choice to look at if you have a little one who is just getting into reading chapter books and is interested in animals.