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Oliver just wants to spread the word about wildlife conservation, but his plans go awry when the local prairie dog habitat is threatened

Oliver Dibbs is passionate about animals, and he’s willing to do anything to help a good cause. The only problem is, Ollie doesn’t always think his plans through before acting on them, and this has gotten him into a lot of trouble. No matter what cause Ollie is fighting for—whether it’s tigers, wolves, or whales—something always goes wrong. It doesn’t help that his little brother, Bo, always wants to tag along. It’s hard to look out for a seven-year-old and save the world at the same time.

But when Ollie finds out a local businessman is planning to build a shopping mall right over the town’s prairie dog habitat, he knows that he can’t fail. If he doesn’t step in and protect the prairie dogs’ home, they’ll all die. This time, Ollie has to make sure nothing stands in his way!

“A witty story of one 10-year-old’s misguided but well-meaning attempts at wildlife preservation and conservation.” —Publishers Weekly

“Steiner depicts Ollie’s attempts to learn to think before he acts in a series of swift-moving, humorous episodes. . . . Steiner obviously knows her subjects (kids and conservation) very well. Her skillful interweaving of the conservation theme and her consistently light but sure touch with this serious subject make Oliver Dibbs . . . more than just another funny school story. The book would make a fine read-aloud, particularly for a class studying endangered species.” —School Library Journal Barbara Steiner (1934–2014) was an acclaimed author known for her books for children and young adults. Steiner authored over seventy titles, including picture books, early chapter books, mysteries, young adult thrillers, historical novels, and romances. In her lifetime, Steiner visited more than ninety-four countries and all seven continents, and many of her books were inspired by her travels. She lived in Boulder with her family until her death in January 2014.

July 8
Open Road Media
OpenRoad Integrated Media, LLC
Grades 3-6

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