Review: Eco Rangers: Pelican in Peril - Blog Tour
Ebony and Jay are best buddies. They live in the same street and share the same unquenchable passion for wildlife welfare. They might as well be related, they spend so much time cycling around their seaside town together, but this exciting new animal-inspired junior series by Aussie animal-lover, Candice Lemon-Scott, works a treat thanks to Ebony and Jay’s casual and comic friendship.
Together they roam around on their trusty bicycles always ready to lend a helping hand especially at the local wildlife hospital where their altruistic zeal is utilised in the caring of animals and their environment; they wear the titles of Eco Rangers with pride. Occasionally, though, their curiosity and thirst for adventure lands them in serious trouble and that, for us, is where the fun starts.
In book one of the Eco Rangers series, our dynamic duo happen upon an abandoned drum on the beach. Even more alarming, they discover a huge stricken bird covered in oil, a pelican in obvious peril!
They rush the unhappy creature (who Ebony adeptly names, Poseidon) to their vet friends at the hospital where he is treated. Although dismayed by his condition, Ebony and Jay relish the chance to learn more about this magnificent bird and assist in his recovery. But, how did this contamination occur in the first place and what does it have to do with the massive cruise ship anchored offshore? Poseidon’s dilemma sparks a mystery the Eco Rangers simple have to solve.
Pelican in Peril scoots along at an electrifying pace that makes it hard to stop page turning. The action-fuelled narrative and likeable cast members (I especially enjoyed Poseidon’s antics) will appeal to young readers who enjoy thrills of a backyard nature and will have animal-lovers begging for the next book in the series.
When I was a kid, I did not just use my bike as a vehicle for getting around. It was my portal to imagination – my own special steed. I imagine Ebony and Jay feel the same way when they whizz about on their bikes, helping others and righting wrongs on behalf of animals that can’t always help themselves. For me, Pelican Peril had vague yet comfortable elements of Storm Boy meets Trixie Beldon about it making it all the more attractive and satisfying.
Fast-paced fun with an upbeat rewarding ending that would make Bindi Irwin proud, Eco Rangers is a sure-fire hit for middle primary-aged environmentalists.
Title: Eco Rangers: Pelican in Peril
Author: Candice Lemon-Scott
Publisher: New Frontier Publishing, $14.99
Publication Date: April 2019
For ages: 7+
Type: Junior Novel
Buy the Book: New Frontier Publishing, Booktopia
Join Candice and the Eco Rangers as they cyber-tour the country by visiting the sites listed on their Tour below.