When Samantha Steadman starts high school at a boarding school in
the Ukahlamba Drakensberg mountains, little does she know that she
will soon be engaged in an ecological war for the survival of the
endangered leatherback turtle. Their adventures range from
dangerous night-time skirmishes with illegal fishermen, to crazy
antics for television cameras. Samantha and her friends - rich and
sassy Jessie Delaney, and cabinet minister’s daughter Nomusa Gule –
take the fight from the classroom to the open seas. Back at school,
they have to deal with romances and heartbreaks, a joint musical
production with the neighbouring boys' school, encounters with an
eccentric bunch of teachers, conflicts with parents and skirmishes
with bitter rivals. Together they will need to find the strength to
cope, and the hope that comes from knowing that individuals can
make a difference.
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Mon, 5 Sep 2011 | Review by: Nikki L
As a teacher I am so excited about "Turtle Walk". Finally a book for older primary and early high school age children that is fun, relatable and authentically South African. Moreover, without sounding preachy it casts light on an important ecological issue.
By following the amusing and exciting adventures of three friends, the reader is taken from the corridors of Clifford House, Private School for Girls tucked away in the Ukahlamba Drakensberg mountains to the endless sandy beaches of the northern coast of KwaZulu-Natal 'somewhere between Kosi Bay and St.Lucia'. Young teens will laugh out loud as they identify with the experiences of Samantha, Jessie and Nomusa who have to deal with quirky teachers, school rules, awkward moments, budding romances and mean girls upon entering their first year of high school. By following their explorations and dangerous encounters on and off the beach near Samantha's family's beach bungalow, the plight of the endangered leatherback turtle is highlighted.
It is an amusing an informative book that lends itself to cross curricular studies, providing the perfect compliment to a unit on conservation and endangered species. Highly recommended!
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