A Place for Delta

“Award-Winner in Children's Fiction category of the 2010 International Book Awards”

A Place for Delta
by Melissa Walker
Reading level:
Ages 9-12
270 pages
Whale Tale Press
(June 1, 2010)


From farmhouses to research stations, Georgia to Alaska, 1800s to the present, A Place for Delta incorporates a variety of elements that captivate, entertain, and educate young readers.

When eleven-year-old Joseph Morse is invited to visit his aunt Kate in the northern most town in the US, Barrow, Alaska, he’s thrilled. But the real icing on the cake is the polar bear cub named Delta that he will be taking care of while there!

After arriving, Joseph adjusts to his new surroundings and falls into a pattern of care for Delta. He even makes a new friend, an Eskimo girl named Ada. But there’s something funny going on at the research station. Something that aunt Kate, Dr. Yu, Max, and Chipic don’t want to share, but that Ada and Joseph learn has something to do with a Delta's missing mother.

The curious twosome is determined to help solve the mystery and save Delta. But what can two kids do? Well as it turns out, a lot! And if that isn’t enough for the adventurers, a whole new mystery awaits the group back in Georgia…

The first in a series that is committed to concern and care for the natural world and everything in it, A Place for Delta is a must read for the adventurer in every child.

Melissa Walker
has been a Professor of English at the University of New Orleans and Mercer University and a Fellow in Women’s Studies at Emory University. She’s a vocal advocate for civil rights and for wilderness. Her previous books include Reading the Environment (W.W.Norton, 1994) and Living on Wilderness Time: 200 Days Alone in America’s Wild Places (Univ. of Va. Press, 2002). She lives with her husband Jerome in Atlanta and spends much of the summer in Alaska.


This book will be right at home on sites/blogs with an interest in middle grade fiction, caring for the environment, homeschooling, and general readers. If you have a child who would enjoy reviewing the book on your outlet, let me know! The author will sign a review copy to them. :-)

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So Many Precious Books, So Little Time: This is not just a cute animal story for kids. It has several layers that has appeal for adults as well.

: a great story for ANY age, with a little something for everyone!

Reading Frenzy: This children’s book was an absolute delight to read.

LeesyKnits: I would definitely recommend this for the younger reader interested in a bit of suspense, or who has an interest in animal rescue stories.

Peaceful Reader: Melissa Walker has created a timeless tale using current issues, interesting cause and effect, problem-solving and makes it all very mysterious.

I enjoyed the smooth flow of dialogue; the book is easy to read and totally wraps you up in the plot–a real page turner.