Review + Teachers’ Notes: ‘Eco Rangers: Microbat Mayhem’
Title: ‘Eco Rangers: Microbat Mayhem‘
Author: Candice Lemon-Scott
Publisher: New Frontier Publishing
Age Range: lower primary, middle primary
Themes: environment, animals, animal conservation and care, nature, friendship, mystery.
Friends Ebony and Jay, consider themselves eco rangers in their seaside community and are always keen to look at ways to live more sustainability and help their local wildlife. In the first book in the ‘Eco Rangers’ series, ‘Pelican in Peril’, Ebony and Jay rescue a frightened-looking pelican covered in fuel.
In this second book, ‘Microbat Mayhem’ Ebony and Jay have received passes to a local adventure park as a reward for their pelican rescue efforts. But when they find two abandoned baby bats at the park, they rescue them right away. Then they discover more microbats inside an old rollercoaster ride. Can the Eco Rangers save the animals in time before the ride is destroyed?
It is great to see a male/female tween friendship based on a shared sense of humour and adventure, as well as a deep love of the environment leading to involvement in environmental activism.
A mystery series with environmental themes and a splash of adventure, ‘Eco-Rangers’ will be enjoyed by both reluctant and keen readers from 6+, either as an independent read or bedtime reading with an adult who can expand upon and discuss some of the environmental themes the books raise.
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‘Eco Rangers: Microbat Mayhem’
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Download our Teachers’ Notes prepared by teacher Melissa Kroeger for Children’s Books Daily in context with the Australian Curriculum as a PDF document here.
- What character in the book would you want to be friends with and why?
- What did you like best about this book?
- What did you like least about this book?
- What would you say is the biggest message from this book?
- Outside the Jungle Ride, the sign said ‘DO NOT ENTER’, but still Ebony and Jay went in. What kinds of danger could they have come across in a demolition site?
- The book describes Jay as ‘reluctantly’ following Ebony into the demolition site. Why do you think Jay felt reluctant and why do you think he followed Ebony in? Have you ever been in a similar situation before? What did you do? Was it the right thing to do?
- What have you learnt about microbats from reading this book? Make a list.
- Why do you think Ms Pitts reacted the way she did towards Ebony, Jay and the microbats?
- The book ends with a reported bushfire and possible injured wildlife…in a group, discuss ideas and write the first paragraph or chapter of the next book. What will the title be? ‘Eco Rangers…’