An Eco-Logical Adventure by B.T. Hope
New year, new reads! we’ve started off right with Curse of the Bone Pirates! This is a first for our family, we’ve never read eco-fiction before. Boy2001 has shown the most interest in non-fiction these past two years, so I was excited to get him into fiction of any kind. Curse of the Bone Pirates kept his interest, Big B and the relationship he develops with Sam reminded him of his relationship with Girl2004.
We meet Big B during a plane ride, he’s bored but doesn’t want to make conversation with his mom. He thinks about sharks and computations. Numbers put him at ease as he wonders about the Grandfather he will meet in Hawaii.
Professor Prune is his maternal grandfather. He’s a brilliant but afflicted man, well respected by the locals and full of useful information. Big B doesn’t make a good impression at first on the other non-adult in the book, Sam. She’s pretty, purple-haired and ecologically knowledgeable.
Along the way we get to know Big B. He’s a sixth grader, his interests include, wrestling, surfing, BMX and he doesn’t “do” green… at first anyway! Sam is able to give lots of information about composting and pollution as well as some Spanish words.
As the story moves along, he tries indigenous foods like Katuk and gets closer to Sam and then a new friend, Nalu. I’m not going to go into the book details much more but the point is your child will realize that small things can make a big difference. Kids also need to feel powerful and take ownership, this book is a great step in that direction.
The book has turned into a book for the entire family to enjoy! I just now notice that the Nui website has coloring pages, I cannot wait to show girl2004 in the morning, she’s going to love it. There are also games and fun facts for kids to explore!
Favorite line from the book:
I actually made it happen! I made a difference!
Curse of the Bone Pirates, Recommended for ages 9 – 12 but boy2001 is currently re-reading it by himself without much trouble.
Thanks to the FRN for the opportunity to share this book with my family!