Bats in Trouble

Cricket McKay and her best friend, Shilo, are enjoying the last few weeks of summer vacation when they discover that something is killing bats around Grandpa McKay’s farm. Could the new wind turbines be the cause? The kids do some detective work and then jump into action, coming up with a plan to save the bats.

Bats in Trouble is the third book featuring animal-activist Cricket McKay, following Ospreys in Danger and Salamander Rescue.

ISBN-13: 9781459814035

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers

Publication Date: October 2017

Pages: 96

Age Range: 7 to 9 years


The young school age characters in this story embody four core 21st century skills and competencies: creativity, communication, collaboration, and critical thinking skills. Through a combination of the ‘4Cs’, Cricket and Shilo are  able to successfully devise and carry through a plan to save the  migrating bats. This book is an appealing read to young readers because it shows them that it is possible to take their natural curiosities and turn them into deeper learning by leading inquiry based investigations independently. The story empowers children to make a positive difference, no matter what their age.  CM Magazine, September 8, 2017

Effective in delivering an environmental message and encouraging action. An epilogue tells readers more about bats and the scientific study on which the story is based. Kirkus Reviews, August 2017

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