Published June 30th 2016 by Star Bright Books
Synopsis: Darcy Moon is an ordinary girl with ordinary problems–she’s low on cash and doesn’t fit in with the cool crowd. That is, until she finds out she is an Earth Guardian who has to save the local swamp from disaster. The local swamp frogs are disappearing, and the food chain is broken. When a freaked-out frog asks for help, Darcy’s life is about to take a great leap forward. It’s up to her to fix the food chain, save the swamp, and prove that money can’t buy everything. Darcy Moon and the Aroona Frogs is a quirky, yet glorious adventure story with environmental themes that young readers can relate to and cheer.
My Review: Darcy Moon is a girl that has many issues. She had hippie parents who embarrass her, has no TV or car, not much money, and only one friend. She wishes she could fit in with the popular crowd. One day her family is at the local park and Aroon Swamp when a frog and tortoise speak to her. It turns out that she is an Earth Guardian and her help is needed to protect the swamp. The local swamp frogs are disappearing, and the food chain is broken. She freaks out and takes off, with no plan to help. The next day at school, she learns about the endangered tortoise living in the swamp and realizes that is the one that asked her for help. That night she sneaks out to the swamp to see what is going on and to try and help.
With ingenuity, a little sneaking around and talking animals to help, can Darcy Moon save the swamp? Will anyone believe her when she tells them what the new craze in snack food is made from? Will she learn to accept her parents for what they are and love them unconditionally? There are lots of questions answered in this story and some good lessons for children reading this book. Darcy Moon and the Aroona Frogs is a quirky, yet glorious adventure story with environmental themes that young readers can relate to and cheer.
This is a great book for young readers, especially those who are reading beginning chapter books. It could be used as a read aloud when learning about the environment, endangered species, the food chain and ecosystems. A book for public, school, class and family libraries. I hope there will be more adventures for Darcy Moon, the Earth Guardian.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.