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By Bianca Schulze, The Children’s Book Review
Published: September 16, 2010

We are pleased to introduce you to W.J. Brutocao, author of The Basking Shark Rescue Team—a fast-paced tale that emphasizes tolerance, an appreciation of nature and the value of understanding our differences.

W.J. Brutocao*

TCBR: The Basking Shark Rescue Team provides readers with the opportunity to see the world through the eyes of a misunderstood boy with ADD. Tell us about the book and the inspiration behind creating this new series?

Brutocao: My stories are set in the beautiful California coastal towns of Mendo and Morro (obviously based on Mendocino and Morro Bay). People in these towns live close to nature and wildlife. In Morro Bay there is a bird sanctuary where the residents include herons, egrets, cormorants, hawks, and other birds. So naturally, my stories have herons, egrets, cormorants, hawks, and other birds, as well as a couple of children, otters and other animals.

One of the children has ADD. It is important for everyone, not just children, to accept differences among us all. Having a protagonist with a learning disability helps children see the world through the eyes of someone who is “different,” while at the same time most kids will see something of themselves in Angelo. I have friends and family members with disabilities, and I feel that people with disabilities are frequently misunderstood and are underrepresented in traditional media channels, including books, movies, and television.

By W.J. Brutocao, The Children’s Book Review
Published: September 15, 2010

In The Basking Shark Rescue Team, readers join ten-year-old Angelo and his cousin Romy as they are recruited by some clever animals to help rescue a basking shark in a jam.

Rocky the Otter discovers more than warm, salty water when he ventures out into Mendo Bay.  Ignoring his mother’s warning to stay in the fresh water, Rocky swims into the bay and meets Beulah, a basking shark in need of rescue.  It doesn’t take Rocky long to realize that he will need help, maybe even from the humans, to save his new friend.  Assisted by one wise and a few silly seabirds, Rocky meets Angelo and Romy.  Cousins who both have a special connection with the animal kingdom, Angelo and Romy must work together – and prove to their animal teammates that these humans can be trusted– if they will be able to save Beulah in time.