Join Mia, the adventurous mouse, on her travels as she encounters Africa's wild animals and birds, and wrestles with the strained relationship between her and her two brothers. Learn about the mysteries surrounding the disappearance of a sister she never knew, and find out what it means to follow the ripples in the water.
“The content is rich with topics relevant to young children: love, friendship, forgiveness, bullying, loss, justice, and success. . .this book is ideal to use for literature circles and whole class readings.” San Francisco Book Review
A mouse named Mia, who loves adventure, gets inspired by her papino’s trip to Africa. Her papino would read his journal from his adventure to Africa to Mia. He tells Mia about King Abdalla the lion and his father. A long time ago, Mia’s big sister, Zola, wandered off and lost her memory. Mia’s big brothers, Cade and Rupert, tried to scare Mia out of liking adventure because they don’t want to lose Mia just like they lost Zola. They also wonder what’s in Papino’s journal. Mia gets scared, but she never stops liking adventure. Her Papino would tell her to dip her toe in the water and see where the ripples would take her. Mia sails on a journey to Africa, meeting lots of friendly animals along the way, like Twiga the giraffe and Deka the elephant. However, there are lots of other dangerous animals that try to eat her, like Effiom the crocodile and Faizeen the cheetah. But little does she know Cade and Rupert have been following her on her adventure the whole time! Mia’s other friend, a bird named Pern, watches Cade and Rupert from above, just in case. Mia loves adventure, so she’ll never stop doing it. Mia’s curiosity and love for adventure give her toe a dip in the water, and a journey begins!
“The content is rich with topics relevant to young children: love, friendship, forgiveness, bullying, loss, justice, and success. . .this book is ideal to use for literature circles and whole class readings.”
San Francisco Book Review
Mia, Ripples in the Water is a double winner in the 2020 Purple Dragonfly Book Awards, sponsored by Story Monsters, LLC. The book earned recognition in both the Middle Grade Fiction and Best Cover Design categories. The awards are a worldwide book competition created in 2009 to celebrate the best in children's books. The Purple Dragonfly awards are geared toward books that appeal to children of all ages. Award recognition puts the seal of approval on books and lets parents, grandparents, educators, and caregivers know they are giving children a book of the highest caliber.