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Tuesday 10 May 2022

Review: Pearly and Pig and the Great Hairy Beast

Pearly Woe is a bit of a worrier.

She worries about worse case scenarios. She worries that she isn’t smart enough or strong enough. She worries that she’ll never be accepted into The Adventurologists’ Guild, the secret adventure group her parents are part of.

But when her parents go missing, and she receives a secret message indicating they are in danger, Pearly has no choice but to spring into action, despite how much she is worrying about EVERYTHING.

Along with her best friend Pig, Pearly must outwit some seriously shady characters and solve several mysteries to find her parents.

Luckily, Pearly and Pig have a secret weapon. Pearly is fluent in several languages, including animal languages, so they can speak, plan and plot throughout their adventure.

But sometimes secret weapons can land you in hot water, and when Pearly’s secret is uncovered, she’s pulled further and further away from rescuing her parents and proving she has what it takes to be a true Adventurologist.

It’s quite the adventure for an Adventurologist-in-training!

This is a fantastic novel for junior readers who love adventure, mystery and secret-society-style stories. It’s packed full of twists and turns, and it’s action-packed from start to finish.

The characters are deep and layered, and I love the emotional journey readers get to take with Pearly. She has a lot of self-doubt along the way and sometimes wants to give up (don’t we all!), but she finds the courage within to take another step, even if she doesn’t know where that step will take her.

There’s a lot packed into this novel, including themes of animal welfare and the environment. But at its core, it’s a story about believing in yourself and finding the strength to keep trying when things aren’t going your way.

The first book in a brand-new series by award-winning author Sue Whiting, Pearly and Pig and the Great Hairy Beast is a must read for all readers who love going on adventures and solving a mystery.

Pearly and Pig and the Great Hairy Beast
Author: Sue Whiting
Illustrator: Rebecca Crane
Publisher: Walker Books, $15.99
Publication Date: March 2022
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781760653590
For ages: 7 - 13
Type: Junior Fiction, Middle Grade Fiction