Written by Thyra Heder

Best for ages 4-8

Nia loves Alfie, her pet turtle. But he’s not very soft, he doesn’t do tricks, and he’s pretty quiet. Sometimes she forgets he’s even there! That is until the night before Nia’s seventh birthday, when Alfie disappears! Then, in an innovative switch in point of view, we hear Alfie’s side of the story. He didn’t leave Nia—he’s actually searching for the perfect birthday present for his dear friend. Can he find a gift and make it back in time for the big birthday party? (via Amazon)

Small Talk

Here are some conversation starters to get you and your little one talking about the book!

  1. Why do you think Alfie wanted to give Nia a birthday present? 
  2. Alfie goes on a big adventure in the book – tell me about the best adventure you’ve ever been on!
  3. How do you think Nia felt when she realized Alfie was missing on their birthday? 
  4. Nia tried to play games with Alfie to make him happy – what are some ways we can make our pets feel happy?


Here are some fun activity ideas to make with your little one! For even more activities, visit our Summer Reading Club Pinterest Board!


You can read about pets too!

Check out The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein.

The New York Times bestselling novel from Garth Stein—a heart-wrenching but deeply funny and ultimately uplifting story of family, love, loyalty, and hope—a captivating look at the wonders and absurdities of human life . . . as only a dog could tell it. (via Amazon)

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