Pamela McDowell – an update

Pamela McDowell was previously featured on Reading Recommendations in August 2014 when she published the first book in this series for young readers (7-9). She’s returning now to tell us of the publication of the second book in that                environmental fiction series, Orca Echoes.

Salamander 2

Salamander Rescue
by Pamela McDowell
Published by Orca Book Publishers

Cricket McKay has lived in Waterton all her life, so she is surprised to discover an animal she hasn’t seen before: the long-toed salamander. She finds a band of them migrating from the pond to their hibernation grounds at Crandell Mountain. Crossing the road that lies between the pond and the mountain is dangerous enough, but now a newly-constructed curb makes their journey even more challenging. Can Cricket and her friends come up with a solution to help the salamanders?

Salamander Rescue is the second book featuring Cricket and friends, following Ospreys in Danger.

Where to purchase Pamela’s books:
Orca Book Publishers

Pamela McDowell

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What is your latest release and what genre is it? Ospreys in Danger is a chapter book for young readers aged 7 – 9.

Quick description: Ospreys in Danger is an ecological adventure that develops the concept of environmental stewardship and the idea that kids can make a difference. When an osprey nest atop an electrical pole catches on fire, Cricket and her best friend find three abandoned baby ospreys hiding in the grass. Caring for the chicks is challenging. The birds are noisy, hungry and very picky eaters, and the girls can’t wait to get them back to the rebuilt nest. But the power company doesn’t want the birds living on the electrical pole. How can Cricket reunite the baby birds with their parents?

Ospreys - high res

Brief biography:
Pamela has written 26 non-fiction books for children and is looking forward to the release of 9 more this fall. Before she started writing, Pamela taught junior high and high school in Alberta and British Columbia. She looks forward to returning to the classroom to share Ospreys in Danger with students in Grades 2 and 3.

Links to buy Pamela’s book:
Orca Books – paperback and eBooks
Amazon – Kindle and paperback

Pamela’s links:

What are you working on now?
Cricket and her friends were so much fun that I am continuing to write about their adventures with wildlife in Waterton Lakes National Park.

Pamela’s reading recommendation:
Janet Gurtler must be a teenager in an adult body. In Who I Kissed and I’m Not Her, Janet captures the adolescent voice and creates a compelling story.