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The Adventure of Isabelle Necessary by Martii Maclean – guest post


The Adv - mmaclean-isabelle-cover-print.jpgThe Adventures of Isabelle Necessary

One gutsy eleven-year-old, a cool beach town, a hilarious crew of friends and oodles of adventures.

Once upon a beach, there was a girl called Isabelle Necessary. A girl with an unusual name and a rather extraordinary life. She roams around a sleepy beach town with her loyal team of friends.  Follow Isabelle, Tammy, David, Nin, Draino the cat and Champ the wonder dog as they navigate one sticky situation after another and figure out how to turn a frog into a movie star, deal with a never-ending milkshake and escape being trapped in a lighthouse.

The type of book that brings back childhood memories and captures the essence of being a free-spirited kid.

Perfect for teachers and educators as the book comes with a teacher’s resource guide and student maker kit by Isabelle Necessary herself. Middle-grade reading level.

Purchase Links

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Author Bio –

The Adv - authorbiopic_MartiiMaclean.jpgMartii Maclean lives in a tin shack by the sea, catching sea-gulls which she uses to make delicious pies, and writing weird stories. She likes going for long bicycle rides with her cat, who always wears aviator goggles to stop her whiskers blowing up into her eyes as they speed down to the beach to search for mermaid eggs. Or how about this…

Martii Maclean writes fantastical, adventurous tales for children and teens and sometimes adults. She was born in Sydney, Australia and now lives in Brisbane with her husband Trevor and her cat Minerva. Her work as an educator and librarian, allows her to share her love of stories and of story-telling with many young people. This inspires Martii to create thought-filled stories that explore the wonderful world of ‘what if’. Find out more about Martii and her stories at

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Twitter: @MacleanMartii

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The Adventures of Isabelle Necessary is filled with tales of Isabelle’s amazing adventures and creations which can be extended to classroom learning. Below is book study activity inspired by chapter five, “Isabelle Necessary and the Tadpole Project.”   

For more book study activities, get your copy of The Adventures of Isabelle Necessary Teacher’s Notes, a free collection of teaching ideas compiled by Martii Maclean. It can be downloaded from the author website here (insert hyperlink: The guide is aligned with the Australian Curriculum but the activities are fun for any classroom or educational setting.


Book study activity: Frog care and Life cycle (ACSSU 211, 030, 072, 073)


** Read “Isabelle Necessary and the Tadpole Project


Discuss the concept of life-cycle and research the stages of frog development.

Research and draw a frog life-cycle  


If you have a source of tadpoles you could set up a tadpole project in your room and keep a frog change diary or make your own video.


**Important information from a Grade 3 kid for the tadpole search party. Frog tadpoles are a dusky-brown colour. Cane toad tadpoles are a slick-black colour.


When collecting the tadpoles, bring a little weed from their habitat as they will eat the algae when they are little. After that they will eat all kinds of wiggly things that you can find in the creek where you found the tadpoles. They will eat mealworms and crickets when they are bigger  


**Important thoughts on the ethics about keeping native creatures away from their habitats:


Don’t keep them any longer than you really need to. Frogs don’t live in classrooms.


This topic makes a great discussion for the class as well.

More pet frog tips at   


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