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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Donna M. McDine takes us on a holiday to the seaside with her book, A Sandy Grave. Leah, Nicole and Haley are excited about their summer break. This time they have planned it to be a seaside break. Apart from being a breezy holiday story, the book also exposes the harm caused by poaching and what it does to marine life. A healthy marine life is a necessity to save the Earth's crippled environment. The story reveals how certain men steal a whale's teeth and the courage of the girls who try to help the authorities catch the poachers. It is a relevant theme and something that is happening around us all the time.
This is a well written book with a clear message. Poaching is illegal and it is dangerous for anyone to be caught by the poachers. This story shows the fearlessness of the girls who see the poachers dig and hide a bag in the sand, and in helping the officials find the whale's teeth. The story is simple, but the message conveyed is powerful. The elegant illustrations not only capture the essence of the story, but also breathe life into the characters and the scenes. The story is also an example of doing the right thing at the right time.
The book is an enjoyable read and makes children aware of poaching and illegalities associated with it. During times of dwindling marine life and plants, it is important to save them. This book teaches children to protect marine life and endangered animals.