WHY I WRITE ENVIRONMENTAL FICTION FOR YOUNG ADULT READERS
In the not-too-distant future, the children on the playground down the street will have joined the workforce. Some of them will find themselves working for corporations, sitting behind desks in positions of influence, making decisions that will, for better or worse, affect the ecological health of the planet. My goal in writing “What the Parrot Told Alice” and “What the Orangutan Told Alice” is to plant the seeds of environmental responsibility, giving today’s kids something to think about before the future arrives.
These well-researched, easy-to-read “environmental fiction” books are written for middle and high school students. The books entertain readers with engaging stories while educating them about endangered species and important environmental issues. The chapters are short, providing kids who don’t particularly enjoy reading with a sense of accomplishment.
FREE TEACHER’S GUIDES
Teacher’s guides for both books are available as free downloads from this web site. The books are invaluable resources for busy educators seeking new and unique ways to introduce students to contemporary environmental issues.
WHAT THE ORANGUTAN TOLD ALICE SYNOPSIS
Teenagers Alice and Shane venture into a Borneo rain forest where they meet endangered orangutans threatened by habitat loss and the illegal pet trade.
WHAT THE PARROT TOLD ALICE SYNOPSIS
A curious young girl’s view of the world is changed forever when her pet parrot starts talking. Written for young adult readers, this book delivers a powerful, inspirational message about conservation and the environment.
ABOUT DALE SMITH
Dale Smith is a writer, photographer and advertising creative director. He divides his time between Nevada and California. He has a twenty-year-old daughter, Alice. A former rock and roll photographer, Dale’s photographs can be found at dale-smith.com.
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What the Orangutan Told Alice
When two American teens visit Indonesia, they follow a gibbon into a Borneo rain forest where they meet orangutans threatened with extinction. They meet scientists working to save them. And… they learn how young people can make a difference in the world.
“… one of the leading environmental writers for children…” -- Dr. Jane Gooda
What the Parrot Told Alice
"What the Parrot Told Alice" is an entertaining and engaging story about a curious young girl and a parrot that changes her view of the world.
“‘What the Parrot Told Alice’” is not only delightful – it is inspired." -- Dr. Jane Goodall
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