Manatee's Best Friend

Manatee's Best Friend

by Sylvia Liu


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Perfect for fans of Catherine Hapka — a heartwarming story about a girl who must find her voice, with lots of manatee and dolphin fun along the way!

Becca Wong Walker may be so shy that most people at school think she doesn't speak at all, but why should she care? She has more important things to worry about. Missy, the manatee who visits the dock in Becca's backyard, and Becca's only friend, hasn't been seen for a long time. When Missy finally does return, she has a new baby with her! Becca wants to be excited, but more than ever inconsiderate boaters are speeding through the river, putting the lives of Missy and her baby in terrible danger.

One day, Becca spots a dolphin in the river too! By bonding over the dolphin and manatees, Becca finally starts to make friends at school. But when Becca takes a video that goes viral, it seems like it will be harder than ever to save the manatees... and trying might just tear Becca's new friendships apart.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781338662269
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 08/03/2021
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 7.63(h) x (d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Sylvia Liu is a children’s author inspired by kraken, ghost crabs, and cephalopods. She grew up in Caracas, Venezuela, attended Yale College and Harvard Law School and practiced environmental law for a decade at the U.S. Department of Justice and the nonprofit marine conservation group, Oceana. Her debut picture book, A Morning with Grandpa, illustrated by Christina Forshay (Lee & Low Books 2016) won the 2013 New Voices Award. She co-founded the kid lit resources website, Sylvia can be found on Twitter @artsylliu and at

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