A nature-loving cat and her conservationist mum team up to save endangered species!
Boo the tabby cat is born on a Lincolnshire farm and seems destined for a simple life. Everything changes when she's put up for adoption and taken in by Ellie Caldwell, an adventurous Cambridge graduate student who loves animals and is studying to become a wildlife conservationist.
Between lectures, Ellie heads to the countryside for camping trips, her Instagram-anointed adventure cat in tow. On rocky trails, Boo discovers that, like Ellie, she has a passion for the natural world, and because she's able to communicate with all animals, she can relate their challenges back to Ellie. But there's a serious problem: whenever Boo tries to tell Ellie something, all Ellie hears is 'Meow'.
Can they work out a communication system, and in doing so, save endangered animals from harm while encouraging public support of nature and wildlife?
Praise for The Adventures of Ellie & Boo:
"The Adventures of Ellie & Boo is a charming, contemporary conservation tale, and its pages contain numerous life lessons relevant to children and adults alike."
Evelyn Asher, educator and communications strategist
"The Adventures of Ellie & Boo is a unique look at wildlife conservation, through the eyes of a domestic house cat and her owner. The book weaves entertaining, fun facts about dozens of species throughout, including several like turtle doves and badgers that readers may not realize face the effects of deforestation and a rapidly warming planet. Kerr's book helps kids and adults realize that the animal kingdom is an interconnected web; and also delves into common, but complex, communication issues that people face every day. Educational and fun, The Adventures of Ellie & Boo is a book every kid should read."
Jenny Adams, author, freelance writer, and photographer
"Right from the get-go, Boo's adventurous spirit captures the reader's imagination. Through storytelling, Kerr does an excellent job of navigating the complex issues central to wildlife conservation in a manner that is accessible and enjoyable. We need more stories like this one to engage young people at a tender age; indeed, stories like The Adventures of Ellie & Boo could change the course of wildlife conservation."
Salisha Chandra, Director of Strategy and Knowledge Management at Lion Guardians
"Conservation biologists and cats are two of my favorite critters and here they are together at last in this delightful, clever story. My daughter and I loved it.
Andrew Bleiman, author of the ZooBorns series
Firstly what pulled me towards this book is the fact that the girl in the book is called Ellie, and she had a cat that she loved and if it had been possible would have taken out on adventures with her.
The difference between this Ellie and my Ellie is just 12 years, I really thought this was going to be about a young girl on an adventure, Ellie is 22 and a conservationist.
This book had a wonderful mix of fun and adventure while getting out there how important conservation is. Its done in such a way you don't feel like you are being lectured about it and it opened up lots of opportunities for us to talk about things while reading the book. I felt not just my daughter but also my self was learning from this read. I fond it informative and knowledgeable but above that I found that myself and my daughter fully enjoyed it. Sat snuggled, taking it in turns to read a page each. My daughter has now taken to book to school so some of her friends can read it, she's hoping she can get the teacher to use it as a class read, so major well done to the author for actually getting a 10 year old fully engaged in a book.
I have to say I loved 'Boo. We lost our cat aged 14 earlier this year but while reading this book it was our cat I visualised and given the chance I believe he would have loved going on adventures with Ellie.
A truly lovely story that I would recommend for all ages. if it's to be read by a child then a good reader would manage this but it can also be read to younger children and I believe they will fully engage with it.
Ellie likes to explore the world around her, the book kicks off with how she comes about getting Boo the cat, and how the cat ends up on an adventure with her.
Boo can talk to the other animals and this is partly how the story is told. It was fun listening to the cat. Talking to the other animals is one thing but Boo has to figure out a way of getting through to Ellie, How can she get Ellie to understand how she is feeling or what she is thinking.
A brilliant adventure to follow and suitable for any keen reader.
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