Michael’s Great-aunt Laura has just passed away and the family are on their way home to the Isles of Scilly for her funeral. In her will, Great-aunt Laura has left him her precious diary and he later finds out why it was so dear to her. The diary dates back to when Laura was a young girl and of her troubled family life, which led to her twin brother running away to sea. This event devastated young Laura as she felt alone and lost without the closest person in her life.
One day, Laura finds a leatherback turtle washed onto the shores. The turtle was injured and she tries desperately to push it back into the sea but the turtle was too heavy. She confides in the turtle and for the first time since her brother left, she is able to speak of her troubles. With the help of her Gran, she manages to push the turtle back into the sea.
Soon after, a terrible storm devastates the Scilly Isles. Houses are destroyed, livestock perished and fishermen could not go out to fish. Life became bleak for the Islanders and food was scarce, until a boat wreck saves the people of the Isles and brings Laura’s brother home.
This book fits nicely into themes my Year 5 class are learning in topic.The children are learning about Leatherback turtles, seas and islands. This book can be used for guided reading as it is short and easy to read.
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