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Adventures of Riley

Adventures of Riley: Amanda Lumry & Laura Hurwitz

By Bianca Schulze, The Children’s Book Review
Published: July 7, 2009

What to expect: Science, Animal conservation, Environmental awareness

The wonderful Adventures of Riley series is a smooth combination of fiction and non-fiction that is perfect for curious minds, young or old. Riley, who is perhaps 8- or 10-years-old, visits unique locations around the world with extended family members: Uncle Max, Aunt Martha, and his cousin Alice. At the beginning of each book Riley receives a letter from his Uncle Max; a scientist that studies animals, their habitats, and the environmental issues that impact them. The letter is always an invitation to study a particular animal and experience a different culture or way of living — an adventure that most young boys would jump at the chance for!

Like all good series, Amanda Lumry and Laura Hurwitz follow a great format. For each story, they combine a believable fictitious story-line with real scientific facts. The likable characters are a wonderful medium to share and create a learning experience for the reader. Every book contains fascinating fact boxes, a glossary of terms, additional information at the back of the book, and a smart blend of illustration and “real-life” photography. The intelligent layout of this series means that it can be read and enjoyed by children with varied reading skills: younger readers can enjoy the adventure with a simple reading of the story with out being overwhelmed by too many facts, while older readers can enjoy the full experience with all of the additional facts and information. The books can be read over-and-over again and you’ll learn something new each time. This is a series that can only have admirable impact on our children.
Fun, educational, and environmentally aware — a must for all schools
and libraries, including your home library!

The Adventures of Riley website is an additional resource that adds value to the series. Digital media is a sure-fire way to capture the attention of kids and reinforce that reading can be cool. Check it out: http://www.adventuresofriley.com/

Below you will find the publisher’s synopsis of Riddle of the Reef, the latest edition to the series, and a few others:

Riddle of the Reef

by Amanda Lumry (Author and Photographer), Laura Hurwitz (Author)

Reading level:
Ages 4-8

Hardcover: 48 pages

Publisher: Scholastic Press (July 1, 2009)

Publisher’s synopsis:
Journey to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef with Riley and his family as they see what’s up down under! Large areas of the coral reef are dying and they need to find out why. Joined by world-renowned marine artist and conservationist, Wyland, the crew faces giant starfish, great white sharks, and even poachers in their search for answers.

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Riddle of the Reef

Outback Odyssey (Adventures Of Riley)

Outback Odyssey

by Amanda Lumry (Author and Photographer), Laura Hurwitz (Author)

Reading level: Ages 4-8

Hardcover: 48 pages

Publisher: Scholastic Press (May 1, 2009)

Publisher’s synopsis: Riley, Cousin Alice, Aunt Martha, and Uncle Max visit the Australian Outback where they research the local koala population, which has scattered and shrunk due to increased drought, brush fires, and farming in the Outback. While staying at a working sheep station, they see kangaroos, a platypus, Ayers Rock, and much more. Riley becomes an official Jackaroo (Australian cowboy) and helps save the sheep from a wild dingo, but can he find a way to save the koalas and the Outback?

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Tigers In Terai (Adventures Of Riley)

Tigers in Terai

by Amanda Lumry (Author and Photographer), Laura Hurwitz (Author)

Reading level: Ages 9-12

Hardcover: 48 pages

Publisher: Scholastic Press (April 1, 2009)

Publisher’s synopsis: Riley journeys to the Terai Arc region of India and Nepal in search of the elusive Bengal tiger. Riley’s research leads to exciting encounters with some weird and wild indigenous animals (an Asian rhino, a king cobra, langur monkeys and more!) as well as a better understanding of the local culture.

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Dolphins in Danger

by Amanda Lumry (Author and Photographer), Laura Hurwitz (Author)

Reading level: Ages 9-12

Hardcover: 48 pages

Publisher: Scholastic Press (February 1, 2009)

Publisher’s synopsis: Riley travels to the South Pacific island of Moorea with his Uncle Max, Aunt Martha, and Cousin Alice. Their mission is to study spinner dolphins while basking in the warmth and charm of Polynesian culture. However, things take a turn for the worse when several dolphins become trapped in a local lagoon! Riley holds the key to their survival, but between surfing lessons and close encounters with humpback whales, will he realize it in time?

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Project Panda (Adventures Of Riley)

Project Panda

by Amanda Lumry (Author and Photographer), Laura Hurwitz (Author)

Paperback:
40 pages

Publisher: Scholastic Press (July 1, 2009)

Publisher’s synopsis: It’s “Panda-monium” in China when a rare giant panda mysteriously disappears from the world’s largest panda reserve! Riley and family must face remote mountain forests, snow leopards, red pandas, and more in their desperate search for clues. When disaster strikes, Riley must act fast to save the day, and the missing panda.

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Project Panda

South Pole Penguins (Adventures Of Riley)

South pole Penguins

by Amanda Lumry (Author and Photographer), Laura Hurwitz (Author)

Reading level: Ages 4-8

Paperback: 40 pages

Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks (September 1, 2009)

Publisher’s synopsis: Are the penguins of Antarctica getting their fill of krill, or has climate change reshaped the Antarctic food web? Riley joins Uncle Max on a voyage to the South Pole to find out! Home to whales, seals, penguins, and 90% of the world’s ice, Antarctica is the coldest place on Earth. Will Riley be trapped by the fierce Antarctic winds? It’s an adventure like no other as Riley learns valuable lessons about survival and cooperation.

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Comments
  • I was reading the book South Pole Penguins with my grandson and was upset a children’s book have so many misrepresentations and false data. On page 10, you say the krill are 80% depleted which isn’t true, so what was your authority for that statement. Then you say that “world pollution is acting like a blanket and warming the planet, and that’s not true, either. On 4/15/2013, an article appeared in the Science Magazine stating from recent ice cores it has been determined the ice has not melted in the last 2000 years. What was you authority for that? But I would like my $17 back. All the book was,was propaganda aimed at helpless kids. Write to me and answer my questions regarding your “authority” especially about the krill.

    May 4, 2013
    • Dear Robert,

      We sincerely appreciate your participation in commenting on our website. Unfortunately, as we are neither the author, publisher or a retailer, I am unable to help answer your question or facilitate your request. We value your voice and wish you luck in finding the answers you seek.

      May 14, 2013

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