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Princess Olivia Investigates: The Wrong Weather

Written by Lucy Hawking

Illustrated by Zoe Persico

Part of the Princess Olivia Investigates Series

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Adventure Stories Ecological and Environmental Interest - Fiction Featured Books for 7+ readers

Science and fiction mix in a story that will inform young readers about the most important issue of our time

Princess Olivia lives a life of luxury in a palace high on a mountain in her father’s kingdom, until the day it becomes a republic that is. Forced to move down into the city, she soon realises it’s a whole new world, and nowhere near as clean or healthy as it should be. Discovering a talent for science Olivia sets out with her new friends Ravi and Helga to work out what’s killing the trees, causing all the downpours, and filling the air with smog.

Written by Lucy Hawking, daughter of scientist Stephen Hawking, the story succeeds both as a fun and exciting riches to not-quite-rags adventure and as an eye-opening introduction to climate change and its causes. As Olivia learns what is heating up the atmosphere so will readers especially as the book also contains additional information sections specially written by leading scientists. There are messages too about the importance of community and democracy and this is a rousing, lively and effective introduction to the issue of our time.

Andrea Reece

Princess Olivia Investigates: The Wrong Weather Synopsis

The brand new series for young readers from bestselling author Lucy Hawking.

'The more we find out about the world around us, the more we can work out other, more complicated things, such as how the universe began or how life got started on Earth . . .'

Olivia Alez is delighted about finally living a life away from the royal palace in the mountains that used to be her home, after the Kingdom of Alez decides it doesn't want a royal family any more. Now she can finally give up boring princess lessons and learn about real things, like volcanoes and the ocean and space!

But Olivia is completely unprepared for the world that awaits her. Thick, dark clouds hang low over the city, and the rivers that she so longed to see are choked with rubbish. And on top of it all, the weather just feels wrong. With scorching hot sun one day and torrential rainfall the next, it seems nearly impossible for the people and animals in Alez to adapt to their extreme climate. Olivia, horrified by what she sees, becomes determined to get to the bottom of Alez's dangerous weather patterns.

With the help of some new friends and armed with a scientific lab coat that would make Albert Einstein jealous, Olivia sets out to solve the mystery and save Alez from climate destruction before it's too late.

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ISBN: 9780241485125
Publication date: 14/04/2022
Publisher: Puffin an imprint of Penguin Random House Children's UK
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780241485125
Publication date: 14th April 2022
Author: Lucy Hawking
Illustrator: Zoe Persico
Publisher: Puffin an imprint of Penguin Random House Children's UK
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 256 pages
Suitable for: 7+ readers
Genres: Adventure Stories, Ecological and Environmental
Collections: 40 fantastic new STEM books that celebrate Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths.,

About Lucy Hawking

Lucy Hawking is a children's writer, the co-creator of non-fiction compendium Unlocking the Universe and the George fiction series, with her father Stephen Hawking. Lucy is a former journalist, having written widely for British newspapers, and she gives regular talks about science and stories to audiences all over the world.

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