Ava Anne Appleton: Catching a Wave
Wendy Harmer. (2014)
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.
Kerry Balzarolo – Primary Teacher, Dimbulah P-10 State School