My Dad, the Earth Warrior

My Dad, the Earth Warrior

My Dad, the Earth Warrior
Gary Haq

GAZZIMODO

ISBN 9781999933791

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I'm afraid I'm not much of an environmentalist or 'eco-warrior', most of what I know about the environment or things like fracking I've picked up 'in passing' from various news articles. However having now read My Dad the Earth Warrior I know a little more and have enjoyed a very funny story of family, friendship and love along the way. Hero's Mum passed away two years ago and he now lives with his Dad. Sadly, it seems that rather than bringing the two closer together, his mother's death has caused Hero's Dad to distance himself. Spending his days updating a set of encyclopedia, Hero's Dad is forever spouting obscure facts and information and now rarely spends time with his son. With the return of his Gran from her adventures in Nigeria, Hero hopes things will return to how they used to be but this is not to be... When Gran finds out that the same energy company that had caused so much upset in Nigeria is now buying up land in Hero's home town of Leaford, she is determined to make a stand. As if one eco-activist is not enough for Hero to deal with, following a knock on the head, Hero's Dad begins to think he is Chief Terra Firma, an eco-warrior out to save Mother Earth himself. Between his Dad's near-naked rain dancing, Gran's strong minded beliefs and a nosey neighbour, Mr Bugwell, Hero finds himself caught up in fight to save the green spaces of Leaford and rescuing his Gran from the evil clutches of the energy company's thugs, all while trying to find some way to help his Dad recover his memory and return to his old self. I really enjoyed this book and am sure any child in KS2 would do too. It is an eco-adventure story written in such a way that you cannot help but laugh at the antics of Chief Terra Firma, his son Hero and Gran as they try to save their town from a ruthless energy tycoon. While at the same time you find yourself feeling rather sorry for poor old Hero, he still misses his Mum and now it seems like he's lost his Dad too. For a teacher hoping to do any sort of environmental topic, this would be the class reader for you. 256 pages / Ages 9+ / Reviewed by Sam Phillips, teacher.


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