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SeaBEAN

(SeaBEAN Trilogy #1)

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4.14  ·  Rating details ·  22 ratings  ·  13 reviews
On her 11th birthday in 2018, Alice finds a mysterious black box on the beach. She discovers it's called a C-Bean and imagines it belongs to her. Together with her five schoolmates - the only children on the newly re-inhabited remote island of St Kilda - they soon realise it has extraordinary powers and can transport them anywhere in the world. Before long, Alice and her f ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published September 30th 2013 by Medina Publishing Limited (first published September 25th 2013)
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Sarah
3.5 stars

I don't read much middle grade fiction but when I heard about this trilogy and realised it aimed to teach children about climate change and global warming I knew I wanted to give it a try. The cool heat sensitive, colour changing covers didn't hurt either and I have to admit to spending more than a little time playing with them trying to see the full image underneath the dark top layer!

SeaBEAN is the first book in the trilogy and it introduces us to eleven year old Alice and her school
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Michelle
Nov 14, 2014 rated it liked it
When I was first approached to read this series I will admit to not really knowing anything about it. After some investigation I quickly replied accepting the first book in the series. SeaBEAN was a quick read only being about 130 pages long without the acknowledgments and notes at the back of the book. One thing that is great about this series is that each cover is heat sensitive, and with the help of a radiator I could change the covers to a clearer picture, however this also led to the book b ...more
Margaret Madden
Mar 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My daughter received a copy of this book for review purposes. A copy of her review is below.
As I read it too, I would just like to add a parents viewpoint - this book is just amazing !!
Teaching kids about the environment as well as the concept of community spirit. Alice, the 11 year old is a great character, still innocent but becoming more aware of the world, and it's ways, every day.
The adventures she shares with her school friends are well thought out and each one has its own message. If I
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Vilde
Jan 14, 2014 rated it liked it
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Read through netgalley.com

I believe that this book might be marketing towards Middle Grade, which is in fact in my opinion the best audience for this book. It was interesting, but it just didn’t match me as a reader. I’m simply fell outside of the target group for this book. But I recommend it for Middle Grade and to kids, I believe they might like it better than me. It is definitely quite imaginative in ways that will stimulate the younger audience that has yet to experience a lot of this, that
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J.G. Follansbee
Dec 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
This review also appears on Joe Follansbee's blog.

When I was 10 years old, a field trip was the quickest way to get me excited about a school subject. It was a moment of freedom from the boredom of the classroom that all of my friends–and probably the teacher as well–relished. Children are wired to move around and explore their universe; the classroom is a 19th century anachronism born of capitalism’s fixation with mass production and efficiency. But what if you could walk into a high-tech, wire
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Margaret Madden
Dec 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
My daughter received a copy of this book for review purposes. A copy of her review is below.
As I read it too, I would just like to add a parents viewpoint - this book is just amazing !!
Teaching kids about the environment as well as the concept of community spirit. Alice, the 11 year old is a great character, still innocent but becoming more aware of the world, and it's ways, every day.
The adventures she shares with her school friends are well thought out and each one has its own message. If I
...more
Hemantkumar Jain
Nov 14, 2013 rated it liked it
An interesting sci-fi story that also educated young readers (kids) about environment and nature and the damage some of us are causing to it and what can be done about it.

The book is neither preachy nor does it sound like one. it is a story about a girl who finds a strange large cube which is being called a mobile classroom with some high tech stuff. It enables them to travel instantaneously to far-off places (practically across the globe) and learn while on the ride.

The author has done a good
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Sara Morris
Oct 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
My daughter and I read this in two days and both loved it. We are still talking about the questions it has raised and can't wait for the next installment. She loved the characters (both human and animal) and the adventures they have. I love that she's read and enjoyed something with substance. The writer treats the reader as an equal - there's no feeling that you are reading a children's book, as the language is clear and intelligent - and yet you are drawn into a dream-like state where impossib ...more
Shelley Whiteley-harrison
Oct 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I am a lover of the Secret Seven and Famous Five Books, and having read this book I found myself transported into a new age of the Enid Blyton. Where Learning becomes fun and exciting and a SeaBean becomes a transporter to new countries. Not only does Alice go to places with her friends that she's only heard of, but she collects things along the way.
If I had younger children, I would most certainly be reading them this book at night. It brings dreams to reality and sends you off into the unknown
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Mary Bernsen
Jan 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
SeaBEAN was a clever story with a big lesson under it's surface. It's age-appropriate narrative and dialogue will appeal to the targeted audience as well as plant the seed of environmental awareness. The blog entry was a delightful touch! My seven year old loved every word of it. I could definitely see this being widely distributed amongst the schools here in the U.S. as well as internationally. Well done, Ms. Holding!

**I received a complimentary copy from Medina Publishing via Netgalley in exc
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Ken Robb
Jan 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Sea Bean is an intriguing and beautifully written piece that combines fantasy and reality to make the young reader think about the ecological issues of our day in a new and exciting way.

Sarah Holding's unique approach to storytelling offers a range of learning outcomes in a context that captures the imagination and holds the reader.

Can't wait for the next one.

Ken Robb
Kilmarnock
Scotland
Ann
Mar 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
What a wonderful children's book, part of a new series. Alice lives on the island of St. Kilda off the coast of Scotland in 2018. A mysterious cube arrives as a gift to the school. It is called the C-Bean and it transports the children and their teacher to different places to study. This story will be loved by both boys and girls, 4th-8th grades. It's an easy read and many adults will enjoy it too. It's science fiction, fantasy and adventure rolled into one exciting story.
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SeaBean told the tale of a school girl, Alice, living on the remote island of St Kilda. The 8 school children got a new teacher from America and with him he brought the C-Bean, a black box with magical powers. The book follows the children as they go on adventures to all around the world in the C-Bean, getting into some trouble along the way. Running alongside the main story is a tale of global warming and the environmental issues the world is facing. It does not baby it for children, it shows t ...more
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Sarah is a full-time children’s author, juggling writing with looking after a family of three children. They live in Surrey in a funny old house with a leaning tower. When she’s not writing she’s singing, and when she’s not singing she’s playing sax in her jazz band. She says she knew there would always come a time when the abandoned island of St Kilda would feature somewhere in her life, little t ...more

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SeaBEAN Trilogy (3 books)
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