Just Write a For Kids are thrilled to welcome back resilience and anti-bullying author expert, Karen Tyrrell! Her current blog tour includes the sequel to the fabulous Song Bird Superhero; introducing the ‘un-bee-lieveable’ The Battle of Bug World!
Song Bird: The Battle of Bug World, Karen Tyrrell (author), Digital Future Press, 2017
Synopsis: A superstorm destroys Rosella Ava Bird’s flower garden. All the bees are disappearing. A giant sinkhole cracks open beneath Rosie’s school bus, and mysterious voices rise up from the depths. A tornado blasts the house of Frank, Rosie’s sinister next-door neighbour, threatening Rosie’s family. And Rosie’s sister, Raven, has gone missing. Should Rosie lead a mission into Bug World to rescue Raven?
Or stay home and save her family?
Karen Tyrrell’s Song Bird: The Battle of Bug World is the second in the author’s eco-fantasy Song Bird series. While the latest installment can easily be read alone by readers new to the adventure series, those wanting to get a thorough understanding of the characters and their histories and relationships would be advised to read book one, Song Bird Superhero, first.
In The Battle of Bug World, we see main character Rosie, aka the heroic, villain-fighting Song Bird, heading to Bug World to try and save her sister and put a stop to the eco-terrorist activities of her dastardly next-door neighbour, Frank Furter. As you can tell from the name of this nemesis, there are plenty of fun comedic moments throughout the story. Another great one is the name of the car driven by Rosie’s dad: the “Pink Stink”!
A big part of the appeal of this series, apart from the continual action that will keep readers entertained, is that Rosie is not only a child, but also has to believe in herself to make her superpowers work. This makes her a great role model for young readers, and gives them plenty to relate to. While the first book explored Rosie’s discovery of her ability to fly once she sings with all her might, this novel sees Rosie developing new powers, and having to struggle to make her abilities work at many times.
Thankfully, Rosie has two best friends who always have her back and will be there to help her defeat the “baddies”. Ben, who has a stutter and gets teased for it, is a loyal companion and always willing to stick up for his friends. Amy is a wheelchair-bound tech and engineering genius who doesn’t let her disability stop her. She comes up with all sorts of cool inventions to make her chair faster, more versatile, and weaponised, and is as brave as Rosie.
Apart from the lovely themes of friendship, determination, personal power, and the importance of compassion and self-belief in the book, The Battle of Bug World also examines global warming issues. In particular, the novel stresses the importance of protecting the environment and the need the world has for bees. Kids will also learn about things like weather patterns, recycling, and the health benefits of honey.
Tyrrell has further tied in to the curriculum with regards to Amy’s scientific developments, with gizmos such as solar panels to turbo-charge her wheelchair, wheels that inflate to give her extra height, rotors that turn her chair into a flying drone, and more.
The book is suitable for children aged around eight years and up.
A copy of this novel was provided by the author in return for an honest review.
Review by Kellie Byrnes.
THE BATTLE OF BUG WORLD – SONG BIRD 2 BLOG TOUR!
Can Song Bird STOP the bully, save her sister, the bees and the environment?
Look what’s happening to celebrate the Amazon release of The Battle of Bug World.
From Mon June 26 AMAZON LAUNCH KarenTyrrell.com
From Tues June 27 CURLY Q’S Kids Book Review http://www.kids-bookreview.com/
From Tues June 27 REVIEW Just Write For Kids http://www.justkidslit.com/blog/
From Wed June 28 REVIEW http://www.GeorginaBallantine.com/category/parent/reviews/
From Thurs June 29 Writing Junior Novels http://MeganHigginson.com/blog
From Fri June 30 REVIEW & interview http://www.readilearn.com.au/blog/
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