The Power of Positive Pranking
Puffin Books 2020
Green Peas rule number 3 ‘Pranks for the greater good’. Meet Zeke, Cookie and Casey, the three young activists who know how to get people’s attention. Casey, the ring leader of the secret Green Peas group, is a spunky, intelligent (and sometimes sarcastic) go-getter. Nothing will stop her from standing up for what she believes in. That includes the loss of her mother and the hereditary Ostosclerosis that has left her grandfather deaf and her father partially deaf. With her tech savvy, Ninja like sidekick Zeke, and her artistic, uber-cool friend Cookie, the three create pranks that will demand adults’ attention when polite talking will not.
The story begins with a series of different alarms all pinging and singing at the same time during school assembly. The grand finale is a dropdown sign that reads ‘Wake up! Dinosaurs thought they had time too. Save our planet now.’ The team take on an even bigger audience when the Mayor comes to visit, ready to announce her plans to move Watterson into the future. Then things take a serious turn when they discover that the mayor is planning to tear down Brennan Park. Casey will not let the park that her mother loved, that her mother fought for, be taken away and replaced by concrete apartments. So, the Green Peas come up with a prank that will trump all pranks.
Nat Amoore received accolades for her number 1 Bestselling Debut Aussie Children’s Fiction in 2019 before releasing The Power of Positive Pranking in 2020. Amoore’s tale of friendship, love, passion and diversity illustrates to readers that difference is in fact normal and the environment is a big concern for many kids. Through her story, she illustrates how passion can give children the power they need to make sustainable changes to our planet.
A fabulous and fun read for Year five and up!
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