The Elastic Island Adventures books are suitable for children from 8 to 12 years of age and are proving to be popular with children, with rave reviews and author Karen McMillan receiving many invites to do festival and school events in NZ, Australia and the Pacific.
The Elastic Island Adventures books are optioned to be made into movies, and Suzy Cato has narrated the audiobook for Flip Flop Bay.
Teaching notes are available on the Duckling Publishing website.
In each story, Kiri, Jed and twins Emma and Ethan must work together to get out of trouble, or to help the local inhabitants, before they return home. They are fun stories with plenty of quirky humour, but at their heart they are all about friendship, building resilience and being true to oneself. They are also about literacy and creativity, as the books encourage reading and children to explore the ‘theatre of the mind.’
All the books are stand-alone reads.
Read Jewel Lagoon if you like lots of danger and action-adventure. Like the idea of becoming invisible? Read Port Mugaloo. If you love art and colour, read Rainbow Cove. Prefer a bit of romance and like the idea of going to a wedding? Alphabet Resort is the book for you. Love cats? Well, there is an entire kingdom of them in Kingdom of Blong. Like the idea of flying or being a pirate? Then you will enjoy Flip Flop Bay. And for younger brothers and sisters, they will enjoy Blong the Cat’s Costume Caper. There are costumes and dancing and also a counting element.
NZ Booklovers ~ “Like the past Elastic Island Adventures, Flip Flop Bay is action-packed and sets a ripping pace. McMillan knows how to keep readers turning the page, with plenty of adventure, laughs and just the right amount of deep and meaningful. If you’re new to the series, Flip Flop Bay is just the start of the hijinks readers will find in this fast-paced adventure series. Each of the books in the series can be read in any order, and each are standalone reads. Another rollicking read of hijinks at sea, Flip Flop Bay will capture the imagination and attention of younger readers.”
Find out more about Auckland author Karen McMillan on her author profile.