Some people are at one with nature and the heroine in this story is definitely at home in the ‘wild’.
Eight-year-old Agnes Gamble loves animals but her Uncle Douglas (not actually her uncle) refuses to let her have a pet. Instead she makes do by observing and visiting the wildlife in the park, feeding the squirrels and the geese.
One day she arrives home to find an elephant shrew in her bedroom, an animal who is part of a secret wildlife agency called SPEARS (The Society for the Protection of Endangered and Awesomely Rare Species) who help protect rare and critically endangered species. Attenborough, the elephant shrew, introduces Agnes to the world of SPEARS and soon Agnes finds herself learning the skills of combat, disguise and mechanics in preparation for her first mission.
When a rare bee gets lost during a relocation, Agnes is sent to the Atlantic Forest to reunite the bee with its hive. But she is not the only one who is after the bee. Axel Jabheart, the illegal insect collector, is busy planning his own mission to get the bee. Can Agnes follow in the footsteps of her parents and become a successful SPEARS agent…
Operation Honeyhunt is a delightful adventure story full of humour, heart and with great messages about conservation and loving and respecting nature. The narrative is filled with fascinating animals and highlights the importance of protecting endangered species and the human responsibility in preserving habitats and ecosystems.
Superb artwork in shades of green - love that it is in keeping with the whole environment and nature theme - adds plenty of enjoyment to the story and features on every double page. At the end of the book there are mission case files, information on specific endangered species and tips for what kids can do to help protect at risk animals.
This is just the start of Agnes’ ‘wild’ exploits and she’ll be back on another mission in Agents of the Wild: Operation Icebreaker.
Recommended for 6+.