An inspiring story of intergenerational friendship, activism, and how our actions can drastically impact our environment. When his father takes a new job in Massachusetts, Ben Moroney must leave behind his best friend Tony, a western banded gecko named Lenny, and worst of all, the Arizona desert home he has loved and explored. Ben's adjustment to his new environment is not going well until he unexpectedly finds a kindred spirit in his eccentric fifth-grade science teacher, Mrs. Tibbets. She introduces him to the rare and elusive Eastern spadefoot toads that make their home on her rural property. When Ben discovers that Mrs. Tibbets's land may be sold to developers, he knows he has to do something. As Ben's obsession with saving the spadefoot toads' habitat grows, his schoolwork and his relationships with his family and new friends suffer. But just when it seems things can't get any worse, Ben finds a way to meet his responsibilities to the people around him and demonstrates the importance of even the smallest efforts to save the earth's rapidly disappearing habitats.
Author: Bill Harley Publisher: Peachtree Publishers Published: 04/03/2012 Pages: 192 Binding Type: Paperback Weight: 0.65lbs Size: 8.40h x 5.90w x 0.60d ISBN: 9781561456383 Audience: Ages 9-12
Accelerated Reader: Reading Level: 3.7 Point Value: 6 Interest Level: Middle Grade Quiz #/Name: 131221 / Night of the Spadefoot Toads
About the Author Bill Harley is a two-time Grammy Award-winning storyteller, musician, and author who has been writing and performing for kids and families for more than forty years. He has appeared nationally in theaters, schools, libraries, festivals and conferences, as a workshop leader and keynote and inspirational speaker. His picture books and middle-grade novels have won wide acclaim, from Bank Street School of Education Best Books, Children's Choice Awards, Green Earth Book Awards, and pick of the list from ABA. Harley was called the Mark Twain of contemporary children's music by Entertainment Weekly. He lives in Massachusetts.