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Bad Oil and the Animals


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Contemporary themes and detailed research mark the writing of this YA author who provides sources for further study at the end of each of her books. Socks (2012), a story on homelessness won her the Jack Lasenby Senior Writing Award. An Unexpected Hero (2014), an adventure story introducing NZ WW1 Pacifist Archie Baxter to young readers has been warmly endorsed by David Hill who describes the main character as 'a very likeable, very credible and genuinely unlikely hero who startles everyone, including himself, by what he's able to do.' This book was chosen by teachers for NZ ReadAloud 2017, Years 7-8. The Fire Keeper's Girls (2018). Themes of courage, identity, self-knowledge and creativity are strong in this fact-based contemporary adventure, recommended by New Zealand women leaders in Arts and Science. Brief biographies of 25 brilliant women from 25 countries are included at the end. The book was accepted onto the Suffrage 125 Site.


1. Maja (12-year old girl, Christchurch member of *SAFE, March 2017) `Being a teenager who is passionate about solving the ethical problems that affect our planet I related to this book in every way. An enthralling page-turner, Bad Oil and the Animals is both well researched and cleverly written. It features five teenagers who learn about the injustices surrounding dairy production and palm plantations and want to take action. I liked how the compelling story line and description combined to create a story that shone light on palm plantations and dairy production as well as making for an interesting read. It's an inspiring, heartbreaking and at times harrowing book that is laced with humor in parts. I would totally recommend it. I think teenagers and young adults would enjoy it the most, however it is fairly simply written and younger readers would be able to follow it too. Happy reading!' (*SAFE, Save Animals From Exploitation is New Zealand's leading animal advocacy organization. 2. Siddha Love (13-year-old boy from rural NZ: May 2017) `I read a lot of different books but I want to say that Bad Oil and the Animals is one of the best books I've ever come across. It was great to read how the kids in this story dealt with different problems between each other and took risks with tough environmental issues of factory farming and wrecking orangutan habitat. It was funny but also sad because I know destructive stuff like illegal palm oil farming is happening around the world right now. My hope is that everyone who stands up for the environment like the kids in this amazing adventure can also accomplish what they try to do.' 3. Barbara Murison, Marigold Enterprises. 'Heidi is sixteen and intent on being a society photographer but life doesn't always turn out the way we expect. Instead Heidi becomes deeply involved with a group of teenage protestors who are trying to save orangutans in the wild. Add factory farming, the use of palm oil extract as stock feed and a whole world of subterfuge. A book with a message this certainly is but it is such an important message and the pages are studded with a cast of such lively and spirited young people that it all makes for a book you cannot put down. 4. Jacky Armstrong, July 2016 Tui Motu reviewer. `This is a wonderful story about teenagers and their belief that they can make a difference to the world, about a young New Zealand girl Heidi, who has a passion for photography and a yearning desire to be a photographer of the rich and famous one day. However her path crosses with a homestay student from the Cook Islands. He brings to her attention the plight of the rainforests as an outcome of illegal palm oil production and the importation of palm oil kernels (PKE) as stock feed for NZ farms. This is because grass production can no longer match the size of the dairy herds, especially in factory farms. Through this friendship Heidi joins a group of teenagers who are passionate about saving the world's orangutans

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