Midwest Book Review, Dolphin Rider

“an extraordinary and deftly written story that will absorb and entertain young readers from first page to last.”

Through the magic of desire, Sean discovers he can speak with Mari, a young dolphin mother, who takes him aboard her back for a day on the ocean. But just beyond the harbor jetty, Mari’s pod is scattered by a tuna fleet, and Sean soon wonders if either he or the pod will survive to tell the tale. Searching for Mari’s missing son, they confront the dangers of the sea (from lost drift nets to lightning storms) and readers learn how different life is for wild dolphins from those in captivity. “Wild Dolphin Rider” by Nancy Donovan ‘s an extraordinary and deftly written story that will absorb and entertain young readers from first page to last. Enhanced with black-and-white graphite illustrations by Susan Spellman, “Wild Dolphin Rider” is thoroughly ‘kid friendly’ and recommended for both school and community collections for young readers. — Midwest Book Review

Wild Dolphin Rider, Nancy DonovanWild Dolphin Rider
by Nancy Donovan, illustrated by Susan Spellman
Peter E. Randall Publisher
5 Greenleaf Woods Drive, Suite 102, Portsmouth, NH 03802-4720
www.perpublisher.com
9781942155041, $14.95, 80pp, www.amazon.com

Aiden’s Review (age 8)

“Dear Ms. Donovan,
It was an honor to read your dolphin book. Thank you for thinking of me. I really appreciate it. Enclosed is my recommendation for the book. Thanks again, Sincerely, Aiden age 8”

Aiden’s review of Wild Dolphin Rider:

Sean takes you on a fun “wild” ride with Mari and his dolphin family and friends. Kids of all ages can learn about fun dolphin facts and how to keep the environment clean and safe for all animals and people to enjoy.” — Aiden (age 8)

Wild Dolphin Rider Comments

Young readers are guided on a voyage that teaches and allows them to experience both the thrills and the natural and man-made dangers that these amazing creatures encounter. Fact and fantasy are intertwined as children ride along with Sean and Mari, wanting to know what happens next!” — Jan Streelman, Children’s Librarian, Wiggin Memorial Library

Kids will enjoy this book. It has enough action to keep their interest while learning true information about dolphins and the sea. This is a good book to be used as guided reading in a classroom.” — Beth Marsh, Elementary School Science Teacher, UNH Marine Docent, Mammal Team

A great adventure story, learning about dolphins along the way.” — John Wilson, age 8, Grade 3

I liked how Mari was so confident – she would not give up until she found Marius. I loved all of the imagination and that it included lots of facts about dolphins.” — Rubylew Sokol, age 8, Grade 2

Oscar the Herring Gull

Nancy Donovan has achieved what parents and young readers will enjoy and appreciate: a good animal story filled with natural history facts— all woven seamlessly together. With ease and flow she introduces animal behavior, field observation and human impact on ecology without getting in the way of the tale and in a way that will surely inspire children to want to learn more. Susan Spellman’s illustrations complement the story perfectly; they are accurate enough to be anatomically correct with enough whimsy to inspire imagination!” — Wendy W. Lull, President, Seacoast Science Center


Nancy Donovan has crafted an endearing and engaging story that is sure to delight younger audiences with a true-to-life glimpse into the life of gulls. Educators should flock to this wonderful book!” — Mark Wiley, Assistant Director for Education, NH Sea Grant Program