Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Curse of the Bone Pirates: Nui Island Eco-Logical Adventures Review

Curse of the Bone Pirates: Nui Island Eco-Logical Adventures is a great children's book with lots of adventure that we were given the opportunity to review!

From the site:

An evil force is destroying the natural wonders of Nui Island, and it’s up to three new friends to solve the mystery. When Big B is dragged from his comfortable life and close friends in Chicago by his grandfather’s mysterious affliction, he’s sure he’s going to have the worst summer ever. But soon after arriving in the tropical paradise of Nui Island, he is caught in a web of danger and intrigue. The Maemae reef is dying, his grandfather’s brilliant mind has been infected and creepy Island legends are coming to life. Big B and his new friends, Sam and Nalu, rely on wit, courage and strength to unravel Nui’s ancient mysteries. What they uncover will help them save the Island, restore his grandfather’s soul, and break the curse of the Bone Pirates. With a captivating plot, fascinating characters and an important ecological message, Curse of the Bone Pirates: Nui Island Eco-Logical Adventures will haunt and delight young readers.

The intentions of the author is to teach kids about the threats to our environment and getting them to take action at home, school, and in their neighborhood. Curse of the Bone Pirates: Nui Island Eco-Logical Adventures is set in a place deep in the South Pacific Ocean on exotic, fictional Nui Island. The book includes sinister and lovable characters with twists and turns in the plot! The author is also able to include Science, discovery, and wonderment to keep little ones engaged! However, the author is able to take it one step further by weaving subtle messages on conservation and sustainability into it's action packed plot. Lessons on water purification, composting and bacteria use are revealed to the reader through the eyes of 6th grader Big B "Brett" Harrington as his city-life views and experiences are contrasted and challenged by the island's environmentally-conscious culture.

Being a teacher this is just the type of book I like to introduce to my students, a book with meaning and purpose! This book really encourages the reader to use their imagination but at the same time it teaches them about the basic and important issues that are threatening our environment today. It sends out the message that empowered kids can make a better world through their team-work, energy, and grand ideas! My nine year old also read the book and really enjoyed it. We highly recommend that you introduce this new genre of eco-fiction to all the readers in your life (young and old)!

Nui, is a healthy kids lifestyle brand that donates 50 percent of its beverage profits to children's health and environmental charities. The mission of the book is the same as the company's: to encourage kids to improve their physical, social, and environmental health. Their hope is that by telling these adventure stories, in a manner that kids can relate to, kids will gain a better understanding of these issues. From the sale of each copy of Curse of the Bone Pirates, Nui donates $1 to support Healthy Child Healthy World and Surfers for Cetaceans.

Get your copy of the first eco-fiction kids book here!


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