Environmental Fiction for Young Adults.
This series of books are written for young adult readers. In 'What the Parrot Told Alice,' the protagonist, Alice, is 12 years of age, making the book appropriate for readers aged 8-12. In 'What the Orangutan Told Alice,' Alice has grown up a bit and is now 15 and in high school. Age appropriateness for this book is 12-18. In 'What the Tortoise Told Alice,' Alice is a recent high school graduate, making the book appropriate for mature young adult readers and 'new adults.' All the books feature short chapters, giving kids who are not avid readers a sense of accomplishment. 'What the Parrot Told Alice' and 'What the Orangutan Told Alice' both feature glossaries of words readers 'might not know.' This helps readers build vocabulary. Both the parrot and orangutan books are illustrated to help readers visualize the settings and situation. Teachers' Guides are available as downloads from Smashwords.com for the parrot and orangutan books. The guides have over 70 projects – social studies, cultural, art lessons, geography and more – to expand the books educational reach. All these books would be useful for home schooled students.
All Dale Smith's books are available on Amazon.