Ava Anne Appleton: Catching a Wave

Ava Anne Appleton: Catching a Wave

Wendy Harmer. (2014)
‚ÄčScholastic: Sydney

Catching a Wave is the third story in a series about a reluctant girl adventurer named Ava Anne Appleton. In this short chapter book, Ava’s family, consisting of Mum, Dad, Ava, and their dog, Angus, park their caravan at the small beachside town of Crescent Cove for a few days. At Crescent Cove, Ava quickly befriends local boy, Cody, who teaches her how to surf. Together they develop a plan to help eliminate single-use plastic bags from the town in order to protect the wildlife and the environment.

The target audience of this beginners’ novel is primary school-aged girls from seven upwards. This thin chapter book (96 pages) is an easy read with many high-frequency words presented in a large font and a sprinkling of lovely illustrations.

Readers will enjoy sharing Ava’s adventures at Crescent Cove and the carefree nature of the instant friendship with Cody. In my classroom this book will be added to the Home Reading Library for competent younger readers who are ready for chapter books but whose vocabulary is still developing. It will also be a useful text for middle and upper primary girls who may still be developing reading fluency but who want to be seen reading chapter books like their peers.

Overall, this is a delightful tale of adventure to provide young girls some light-hearted escapism with gentle messages about family, friendship and compassion. I look forward to reading the other titles from this series.

Kerry Balzarolo – Primary Teacher, Dimbulah P-10 State School

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