Troubled Water is the third in the Viola Vincent Reporting series which is written for young readers with a social conscience and taste for knowledge. The books, for ages 10 plus, follow rookie reporter Caitlin Nove (AKA Viola Vincent) through her eye-opening investigations. Founded on solid facts, wisdom and warming humour, the Viola Vincent collection teaches kids that when they raise their voices and take action, powerful things can happen.
A Storylines junior fiction Notable Book in 2021
NZ Booklovers reviewer Rebekah Lyell says: “I had never heard of this series prior to reading this book and I have absolutely been missing out. This book is a standalone story, but if you’re also new to Viola Vincent’s adventures, you’ll want to hunt out the other two stories immediately.
“Mātauranga Māori is a focus-point for this story, and Caitlin both learns about and embraces the concept of kaitiakitanga or guardianship.
“Kenna conveys perfectly that caring for the land and water is a responsibility that both past and future generations need to carry. This story encourages our younger generation to think critically about current events and the environment and to expand their understanding. Kenna, and her wonderful character Caitlin, show our young people that collectively we can rewrite the script of their future.”
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A teacher writes: “Having read most of Anna Kenna’s books to my classes I’m always very excited when I see a new release. Troubled Water, the latest in her Viola Vincent series, does not disappoint. Anna has a writing style that children/ young adults easily connect with. She has such enthusiasm for her subjects and never fails to acknowledge her young readers’ sense of curiosity, their passion for the world around them, and their love of adventure.
“Troubled Water is a book for these times. This fast-moving adventure is centred around global warming and its impact on our local communities. The use of Maori culture and language gives the book an unmistakable kiwi flavour that at the same time will appeal to and educate a global audience. I loved Troubled Water and can’t wait to share it.”
Find out more about Kāpiti Coast author Anna Kenna on her author profile.