River Rescue is the second book in the Earth Friends books by Holly Webb. The series contains strong themes about helping the environment and friendship. The books involve four friends, Maya, Poppy, Emily and Izzy, who undertake environmental projects and have fun along the way.
After the success of the girls’ first venture, their teacher encourages them to come up with another idea for an environmental project. Izzy comes up with a proposal for cleaning up the local river reserve. This idea comes about as a result of Poppy and Izzy taking Billy, Poppy’s dog, for a walk along the river. Billy chases a water rat into the river and only just manages to avoid serious injury from all the debris choking the river.
This story focuses on Izzy’s growing confidence which has taken a battering as a result of being bullied by some other girls in her class. Like the other books in the series, the story shows the importance of small changes making a big difference in the lives of others.
Overall, an encouraging read.