Author(s): Nicola Davies
A child, a wild animal - and a life-changing encounter. This is an exciting new range of books in which children find solutions to problems through conservation rather than killing. The day Manuela and her father spear a manatee, Manuela's life changes for ever. She has dreamed of this moment - only the most skilful hunters ever get near these elusive creatures. But the reality of the killing shocks her, and when she realizes the dead manatee has a little calf and that it has been wounded, she vows to look after it. However, when they return to their village, her father sells the calf to Jose Gomez, a heartless money-maker. Determined to keep her promise, Manuela and her cousin Libia rescue the baby manatee from Gomez and take it to their Granny Raffy's house. The girls devote their time to nursing it, but they know that unless they persuade the people of San Larenzo to stop hunting manatees, it will never survive when they return it to the wild. Together they set up a "manatee school" and slowly convince people not to hunt the already threatened species. But there's one person who won't be convinced: Gomez. Nicola Davies has visited all the countries she writes about - and information about real conservation projects is included at the back of each book. Unlike the competition, these books focus on children who live in countries where wild animals pose a threat, and on the solutions that will affect their lives and their future. It features beautiful black and white mixed media illustrations by Annabel Wright.
Nicola Davies is an award-winning author, whose many books for children include A First Book of Nature (9781406304916), Ice Bear (9781406302059) and the Silver Street Farm series. She graduated in zoology, studied whales and bats and then worked for the BBC Natural History Unit. Nicola lives in Abergavenny, Wales. Annabel Wright trained at Brighton College of Art. Her work displays an astute and sensitive approach which has led to a broad range of commissions from theatre backdrops to postage stamps, New York subway cars to building hoardings. For Walker, she illustrated the poetry collection From Mouth to Mouth (9780744583830), and her other clients include The New Yorker, Amnesty International, The Independent, Royal Mail and The Economist. She lives in Glasgow, Scotland.