Nine-year-old Phin lives with a single mom struggling to make ends meet; his father left them to live abroad and that adds to Phin’s constant worrying. Well versed in ecosystems, animals, and conservation, he is frustrated that not enough is being done, and when an endangered tree frog is captive in an aquarium in his classroom Phin and his friend take action. This engaging Canadian work, suitable for a whole class novel study or literature circle, deals with worry, fear, mental health, ecological balance, ecosystems, and protecting the Earth. Can launch discussion of civil disobedience, vigilantism, speciesism, and if it is ever alright to break the rules.
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