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A nature-loving cat and her conservationist mum team up to save endangered species!
Boo the tabby cat is born on a Lincolnshire farm and seems destined for a simple life. Everything changes when she’s put up for adoption and is taken in by Ellie Caldwell, an adventurous Cambridge graduate student who loves animals and is studying to become a wildlife conservationist.
Between lectures, Ellie heads to the countryside for camping trips, her Instagram-anointed ‘adventure cat’ in tow. On rocky trails, Boo discovers that, like Ellie, she has a passion for the natural world, and because she’s able to communicate with all animals, she can relate their challenges back to Ellie. But there’s a serious problem: whenever Boo tries to tell Ellie something, all Ellie hears is “Meow.”
Can they work out a communication system, and in doing so, save endangered animals from harm while encouraging public support of nature and wildlife?
I had a few surprises when I started reading this book. I knew it was a children’s book and had wrongly anticipated the main character, Ellie, would be a child . . . she’s actually a post graduate student studying for a Masters degree at Cambridge University. However, don’t let that put you off reading this lovely story!
Ellie is a keen conservationist and enjoys making the most of opportunities to explore the countryside. She’s missing the big cats she studied in Africa and decides to adopt a kitten – Boo. As the two go out on camping expeditions together Boo discovers she can talk to the other animals and they let her know about some of the things humans are doing that frighten them. Boo wants to tell Ellie about her discoveries but first she needs to discover how to communicate with Ellie so she really understands her . . . and when she does, their adventures really story!
This is a delightful story and one that helps bring attention to conservation issues, especially about badgers, in a heartwarming story that children will find it easy to relate to. I think youngsters will particularly relate to Boo and be keen to discover if they can communicate with cats, too! I’m unsure of the target audience for this book as some of the mentions concerning Ellie’s studies and how she ignores her parents and Boo really didn’t quite fit with the rest of the story, but that might just be me! It is still an enjoyable story and I really hope there will be more adventures for this pair helping other animals in future.
Thank you to the publishers for the copy of this book which I have voluntarily read and reviewed honestly.
Millie Kerr is an author, journalist and photographer focused on wildlife conservation. A former lawyer, Millie uses storytelling to help people see splendour and fragility of the natural world. Her creative essays and reported articles—which predominantly involve travel and wildlife—have appeared in dozens of top-tier American and British publications, among them The Economist, National Geographic Traveller, Popular Science, and The Wall Street Journal. Millie has also worked for numerous global conservation NGOs, both as an in-house writer and an external consultant; and her legal career saw her working in private practice and government. She graduated from the University of Cambridge with a Masters of Philosophy in Conservation Leadership and has lived between the UK and USA for fifteen years. Her adopted cat, Baboon, has been her constant companion, although unlike their fictitious counterparts, they only enjoy indoor adventures.
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