Bailey’s mum had always said that being by the creek with Bailey and her dad was as good as it gets. She had shown Bailey sap glistening on tree trunks. They had crouched together to nudge a beetle onto a leaf. They had sat on the creek’s edge with their bare feet in the water.
It’s one year since Bailey’s mum died. And her dad doesn’t seem to care much about anything. But Bailey still spends afternoons by the creek with her dog, Sheba.
Until Sheba gets sick—very sick—from something she must have swallowed while swimming in the creek. And Bailey notices all the rubbish polluting the waterway.
Between visits to Sheba in the vet hospital, Bailey tries to find a way to make the creek safe for Sheba and other animals. And through her unexpected friendship with Israel, a quiet boy who knows about endangered species, Bailey Finch finds the courage to take a stand.
Bailey Finch Takes a Stand is a moving story about love and loss, about caring for the environment and standing up to make change happen.
Bailey loves playing down by the creek with her wonderful dog, Sheba. But it hasn't really been the same in the last year, ever since her Mum died and her Dad doesn't get out of the house.
When Sheba swallows glass and is in a critical condition, Bailey decides it is time to clean up the creek. With her new found home-schooled friend Israel, they decide to make it happen.
But can two kids make a difference, and will her beloved dog Sheba even survive?
A story of loss, grief, friendships, animals and environmental protection, and about standing up in order to make a difference, this is a great novel that is best suited to readers aged 8—12.
Reviewed by Rob