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The Dog Who Saved The World by Ross Welford.

January 17, 2019 Comments off

dog saved worldThe Dog Who Saved The World by Ross Welford. Pub. HarperCollins, 2019.

Ross Welford is one of the best childrens’ authors around, so if you haven’t read any of his books, two others are reviewed on this blog, this is a good one to start on.

Georgie is early teens and has a friend called Ramzy. Georgie works at a dog rest home in an old church they call St Woofs, looking after unwanted dogs. She tries to adopt a mongrel she calls Mr Mash but her stepmom has allergies and that is the end of that.

When Mr Mash jumps all over an old woman named Dr Pretorius, to prevent any further action Georgie and Ramzy agree to help her in an experiment using a virtual reality device.

On the day called The Big Experiment Day Georgie puts on the VR helmet and goes into a world where she is attacked by a huge scorpion. The experiment is cut short as this shouldn’t happen and when Dr Pretorius reviews images of what happened, it appears that Georgie was sent into the future, AND the winning numbers of Lotto can be seen in the shop window.

Then catastrophe, a disease has broken out in the dog shelter that is akin to Ebola and it is feared all dogs are going to die. Worse still the disease is transferable to humans. The World is threatened with major disaster.

How can a dog save the World? and does Dr Pretorius’s Virtual Reality device hold the key? Thrilling stuff, read it and find out.

Primary, intermediate and junior secondary students with a scientific bent or animal lovers, will love this. The story of the policeman and the dog poo is hilarious.

It is a very clever story with plenty of laughs and drama. Written in short sharp chapters it will keep the reader going long after they planned to stop. A great start to this years reading.

Night Vision by Ella West

January 30, 2014 Comments off

night visionNight Vision by Ella West. Pub. Allen and Unwin, 2014.

Not published until April two words that describe this novel are Gripping and Informative.

Teenager Viola has a rare genetic skin disease that means she cannot go out in the sun. The disease is called XP and those that have it are described as Moon children. Her life is lived at night and to help her with this her parents supply her with night vision glasses.

Viola plays the viola and because she lives on an inland Canterbury farm she practices at night as well as going wandering in the nearby forest. One night she witnesses murder most foul with the culprit burying a million dollars in the ground. Viola digs up the money and moves the murderers marker to another spot nearby.

This precipitates much tension in Viola’s life and for the reader hence the descriptive gripping. What will she do with the money and will the murderer suspect her. An article on Viola’s life in the local newspaper builds the tension further.

The informative part comes from the way Ella West informs the reader of the aspects that feature in Viola’s life. There is a detailed description of what makes an hereditary disease, details of what makes farming in NZ important, even a dissertation on what the effects of OCR or official cash rate, have on the economy. I applaud this as I consider that teenagers today lack a lot of realistic economic nous.

Enjoyed this easy to read novel for students aged 11 to 15 years.