A Place for Delta by Melissa Walker


A story of empowerment, teamwork and hope.  That’s what A Place for Delta is.  It’s an adventure from beginning to end that transports the reader from the lush greenery of Georgia to the barren ice-touched reaches of Barrow, Alaska, the northernmost town in the United States.  This long-distance journey follows eleven-year-old Joseph who spends his summer in Barrow helping his Aunt Kate, a wildlife biologist and graduate student care for a recently orphaned polar bear cup named Delta.  Kate is in Alaska working as a research assistant for her college Professor, Doctor Yu as they study polar bears at a research station near Barrow.

But that’s not all.  Delta’s mother didn’t just die. She was killed.  In order to find out who killed her and why, Joseph and his new friend Ada, a young girl from Barrow, decide they will help uncover the mystery surrounding the death of Delta’s mother.  The two youngsters put their minds together to help solve this troubling mystery and in the process, discover much more than they ever could have imagined.  From Georgia, to Alaska and back to Georgia again, follow Delta, Joseph, Kate and the rest of the crew as they find a way to make A Place for Delta a reality.

A Place for Delta, written by Melissa Walker is a must-have for the classroom and for the child who loves adventure, knowledge and the wonderfully immersive world of reading.  Not only is it a fun read, but it is full of information cleverly woven into an adventure-packed story.  A Place for Delta brings the reality of global warming and other environmental concerns into focus as the mystery surrounding Delta’s mother’s death unfolds.  It truly is a story of empowerment as it shows that no matter how young or old, how big or small, when everyone works together, great things can be accomplished.

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