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Song Bird Superhero; Great Barrier Reef Rescue, Karen Tyrrell (author), Trevor Salter (illus.), Digital Future Press, May 2019.


Rosie aka Song Bird, Superhero must save the Great Barrier Reef.

Something weird is happening on Green Turtle Island.

Marine creatures have been dying, and now her friends are disappearing.

Rosie travels through a time portal to unlock a secret. 

Can Song Bird rescue the Great Barrier Reef before it’s too late? 



A series with admirable qualities, Song Bird Superhero stands for empowerment, strength and protection. Stand up for your friends. Stand up for our world. And stand up for yourself.

 Fourth in the uplifting series is Great Barrier Reef Rescue. Author Karen Tyrrell takes her readers on yet another exciting and action-packed adventure exploring prevalent themes like ecological awareness, climate change, resilience, teamwork, ability versus disability and self-belief. This engaging title can be read as a stand-alone or in succession of its predecessors; Tyrrell clearly and effectively accenting her characters’ traits and superpowers straight from the get-go. What’s fun is the energised narration; the voice of young, good-natured Rosie, interweaved with the thoughts of an over-powering evil villain, mixed with the comedic dispersal of onomatopoeia for a high-impact literal effect. The ability to catch middle-grade readers ‘hook, line and sinker’ has certainly been achieved!

Deeply immersed in this imaginative, underwater tale of good versus evil, saving friends, superpowers and travelling through portals is the important topic on environmental and marine life conservation; and in particular, the sustainability of our beautiful Great Barrier Reef. The book makes for a valuable source of discussion for primary school students to explore our current climate issues and how arch nemesis, Destructo, is used as a metaphor for the very real problems of pollution, mining and ineffective use of renewable energy. Our saviour, Rosie aka Song Bird, and her friends, demonstrate vital qualities that readers can take away from this story. Of courage, open-mindedness and advocating for a kinder, forgiving and better world for now and the future. I really appreciated the strong messages Tyrrell has delivered, all through a suspenseful and animated tale that was hard to put down.

Readers will stand (or swim) alongside Rosie every ‘swish’ of the way to save the piece of brain coral from its doom, and revel in all the secrets and twists when things are not quite as they seem. Great Barrier Reef Rescue is a multi-dimensional story to dive deep into. Touching, powerful and colourful on various levels.

Karen Tyrrell has also generously included some amazing facts about the Great Barrier Reef, tips for ensuring its protection and a list of resources and links to encourage further research. Woo!

Review by Romi Sharp.

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5 thoughts to “#BookReview: Great Barrier Reef Rescue by Karen Tyrrell

  • Karen Tyrrell

    WOW love your review of Great Barrier Reef Rescue …I can SEA you really DIVED in. Cheers, Karen Tyrrell

    • Just Write For Kids

      I SEA you enjoyed my review, Karen! So glad to hear it! 😉

  • Karen Tyrrell Author

    Love Love Love your review.. I cant stop grinning … Thanks so much … Cheers, Karen x

  • Norah

    What a wonderful review. It is a great book. I agree!

    • Just Write For Kids

      Thanks, Norah! I appreciate your comment x


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