Troubador Gullpower

Released: 28/01/2022

ISBN: 9781803130323

Format: Paperback

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Poppy is a fun-loving young seagull whose carefree life is suddenly changed when another gull’s head gets trapped in a piece of plastic rubbish that was floating in the sea. Horrified, she decides she has to do something to stop plastic pollution. But even with the help of her resourceful gang, the Grabbos, she soon realises that they can’t do it alone because of the sheer scale of the problem.

As they watch Poppy’s one human friend, a little girl, the gulls come to see that some plastic things are useful. But they are shocked that so much of it is thrown away and ends up in the world’s oceans. They figure that humans are making far too much plastic, and that they must hatch a plan to try and temporarily shut down plastic-producing factories.

But what about the crows, the gulls’ sworn enemies? They are going to be a problem, especially as they love to hoard bits of plastic rubbish. Poppy has to be brave and face up to the crows. Can she convince them to help her and the Grabbos? And if so, what kind of ingenious plan can they come up with to tackle this world problem?

Ideal for ages 6 - 8, this charming book has an important message for our younger generation who will inherit the world we leave behind.

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Joan Woodruff

I've always enjoyed writing for fun. (I once had a six-month correspondence with the cat next door.) As a child, I wrote sketches for my friends to perform. As an adult working on the children's ward at the Royal Marsden Hospital, I wrote and produced 16 annual staff pantomimes.

Conservation has always been very important to me. I am a member of Friends of the Earth and the World Wide Fund for Nature. The idea for Gullpower first came to me soon after I read an article on plastics pollution. I was visiting the south coast, and a seagull left a deposit on my windscreen. The two things came together, and I thought, "Aha! That's what I'll write about."

Gullpower is my first book. Many years ago I met Helen Sharman. She told me that she almost didn't apply for the job of astronaut as she was convinced that she wouldn't be selected. Her mother persuaded her to apply, and in 1991 she became the first British person in space. Her advice to me was never to put off trying for something if you really want to achieve it. And that is why I decided to have Gullpower published.


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