Reviewer Michelle Kaye Malsbury:
Michelle was born in Champaign, IL. Currently, she resides in Asheville, NC
and is in her second year of doctoral studies at Nova Southeastern
University in Ft. Lauderdale with specialization/concentration in
conflict resolution and peace studies. She has over six hundred
articles published on the web and one book published thus far with
many more in the wings. Hobbies include; reading, writing, music, and
playing with her Australian Cattle Dog, Abu.
Authors: Sandra Ingermanand Katherine Wood
Publisher: Moon Books
Authors: Sandra Ingerman and Katherine Wood
Publisher: Moon Books
Katherine Wood, co-author of The Hidden Worlds, was an educator of children in middle and high school for over thirty years in Colorado. (2019, pgs.110-11) She was Literacy Coordinator for a large metropolitan high school and taught English, Reading, and Writing. She is a co-creator for The Colorado Blue Spruce Young Adult Book Award and a member of the Society of Childrens Book Writers and Illustrators. Her poems and articles have been previously published. To learn more about her please visit her website.
This book takes place largely in school, dreams, or in a nearby facility that is being polluted. A group of unlikely grade school aged students manage to forge a friendship and alliance to clean up a polluted pond near their school that is killing birds and fish which they accidentally found out on one of their lunch breaks. What can they do to stop this organization from killing more species and perhaps polluting their water supply?
They agree to meet each day at this same property and each day something new unfolds. Time is short because it is their lunch break, but it is unanimous that something must be done to stop this. They begin to make plans and assign tasks to each person now on their special team of misfits. Before long they learn their dreams are being dreamt together and they can learn valuable lessons from paying attention to what occurs in their dreams. They are facilitated and protected by their new power animals located in yet another collective dream. In one dream they find a temporary solution and they act on it, but before long someone will notice what they have done and reverse it. There is no place they can turn for help yet because in going over to this property they are trespassing. Therefore, they must keep their intentions to themselves until they can prove what they believe is occurring on this property. Will they succeed? Can they manage to learn all they need to in order to have this unsavory place shut down?
I enjoyed reading this short book and if you have children aged middle thru high school I think they would enjoy this book too.