Wild Dolphin Rider

Wild Dolphin Rider, by Nancy Donovan, illustrated by Susan Spellmanby Nancy Donovan
illustrated by Susan Spellman

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A magical dolphin takes a young boy for a ride on her back, revealing the wonders, and dangers, of life in the open ocean.
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 is perfect for teachers looking for adventure stories based around science and conservation. It’s also great for both family reading and independent reading by older children. The book includes the story of the pod’s quest to reunite, followed by an interview with Mari, a glossary, information on dolphin biology and ecology, and a summary of current protections for these intelligent marine creatures.

Distributed by University Press of New England

Peter E. Randall Publisher
March 2015 • 96 pp. illustrated 5.5″ x 8″
Juvenile Fiction – Marine Life / Juvenile Fiction – Nature / Juvenile Fiction – Fantasy
$14.95 Paperback, 978-1-942155-04-1