A Break in the Chain

A Break in the Chain

by Chris d'Lacey, Joanna Carey

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Children's Literature
Text and illustrations come together perfectly in this eloquent chapter book, which conveys a powerful message about the environment in this modern age. Billy's teacher asks him to research the polar bear's food chain for a school assignment. That evening Billy and his family watch the news and learn that a damaged oil tanker is spilling oil into the ocean. Billy has a CD-ROM entitled "The Frozen North." After dinner, he plays the CD-ROM, which is narrated by a polar bear named Lorel. Billy must doze off because he dreams that Lorel appears to him covered in oil. During this dream sequence, Lorel explains why oil is harmful to Arctic wildlife and why it disrupts their food chain. Billy's teacher comes up with a way for the class to raise money to help save some of the Arctic wildlife. In addition, the children write to their congress person and world leaders, expressing alarm about the Arctic devastation. Young readers will enjoy this compelling story, learn about environmental protection and learn how to make their voices heard on this important issue. This title, which is one in the publisher's "Yellow Bananas" series, cannot be recommended too highly. 2002 (orig.1998), Crabtree Publishing, Pettenati

Product Details

Crabtree Publishing Company
Publication date:
Yellow Bananas Series
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
8 - 9 Years

Meet the Author

Chris d’Lacey is the author of several highly acclaimed books, including the NEW YORK TIMES bestselling series the Last Dragon Chronicles: THE FIRE WITHIN, ICEFIRE, FIRE STAR, THE FIRE ETERNAL, DARK FIRE, FIRE WORLD, and THE FIRE ASCENDING. Additionally, he is the author of the middle-grade series The Dragons of Wayward Crescent, also published by Orchard Books. He lives in Devon, England, with his wife, where he is at work on his next book.

Visit scholastic.com/LastDragonChronicles to learn more about Chris d’Lacey’s books.

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