2017 One of our Beavers is Missing
The animals of the River Otter are threatened by a huge flood that rushes down from the inland hills. Most at risk are the beavers of the East Devon beaver trial. When the floodwaters subside all the beavers are missing. Will they ever be found?
Book and e-book are available now. Murals and poetry walk route along the seafront at Budleigh Salterton open to all-comers from July to October 2017
One of Our Beavers Is Missing
Natural England has begun a trial re-introduction of beavers on the River Otter. Peter, Caroline and Eddie are fascinated by the beavers and Peter’s collie, Bud, has become great friends with them.
Bud is a rare human-speaker, an animal who can understand human speak, though humans are unaware of this.
A series of summer storms hits the East Devon hills and a final deluge sends a wall of water down the River Otter and sweeps all before it, including the beaver family’s lodge.
Meanwhile, ex-gangster Guy reads about the beaver trial and dreams of catching a beaver and making a new fur hat for his dear old mother. He makes his way to Budleigh Salterton to try his luck.
The three children, convinced the beavers must have been swept out to sea, make a plan to ask Coast Watch to find them.
Bud and the local animals doubt that the humans will be successful so call on the ARC (the Animal Rescue Centre) to mount a rescue.
Bud sees the male beaver pinned to the riverbank by a large branch and rescues him. His beaver wife has been swept downstream onto a bank of the river from where she stumbles, exhausted, into an old garden shed to recuperate. Who should be hiding in the shed but wicked Guy!
The beaver cubs are washed into a cave and escape out into the sea as the tide comes in and threatens to drown them. Can the animals and the humans work together to find and save them? Will the mother beaver become a hat for Guy’s mother?
Eddie invents a fabulous new recipe for cakes and sells it to the supermarkets but will he raise enough to save the cash-strapped beaver trial?
Will the man from the ministry cancel the trial anyway and send the surviving beavers to Scotland?
One of our Beavers is Missing creative teams
St Peter’s School, Budleigh Salterton
Head Teacher Steve Hitchcock
Teaching Staff Victoria Dye, Julie Cotton, Jemina Moore, William Tee, Sue Tee
Music Teacher (peripatetic) Paul Moger-Taylor
Ashley Billingham, Tom Pepperell, Morgan Hooper, Henry Southan, Frank Southan, Oliver Roper, Nate James, Ryan Harris-Cotton, Owen Hicks, Ben Nelson, Geno White, James Adesina, Joel Macdonald, Alida Sutera, Beau Franks-Payne, Caity Tymm, Elsa White, Freya Sharp, Hannah Ralph, Imogen Hitchcock, Josie Larmour, Leah Van De Bunte, Lois Cox, Maybel Gillingham, Phoebe Allen, Ruby Ebsworth, Jo Jo Garman, Isobel Burley, Olivia Chin-Yue.
Otterton School, Otterton
Head Teacher Carron Saunders
Teacher Beky Stannard
Elsie Connick, Sebastian Copp, Isabel Francis, Danny Gibson, Alana Henley, Alfie Higson, Jack Higson, Harry Nicholls, Kyle Parris, Amelie Powderley-Turner, Alisha Pring, Lottie Reid, Reuben Ritchie, Joshua Smith
Drake’s School, East Budleigh
Head Teacher Carron Saunders
Teacher Catherine Tribble
Callum Liddle, Connor Chugg, Rossi McIntyre, Jamie Howick, Ty Barrier, Kara Lister
The following schools have produced an outstanding collection of mural art for public display:
Colyton Grammar School, The King’s School Ottery St Mary, Sidmouth College, Mill Water School, St Peter’s Lympstone, The Maynard School, Exmouth Community College, and a team of junior enthusiasts from Budleigh Food & Drink Festival.
Colyton Grammar School
English Teacher Suzie Bean
Kirsten Hawkins, Ece Washbrook, Kitty Sinclair, Ysabella Cabrera, Romily Spaul, Scarlett Timlett-Sheehan, Julia Thwaites.
English Teacher Richard Evans
Head of English Andrew Dobson
Rosie Cromwell, Freya Harris, Guy Roche, Dominic Reay, Ollie Thomas, Phoebe Bridgewater.
Exmouth Community College
English Teacher Lizzie Bauer
Sofia Zervou, Matilda Spence, Holly Hales
The Maynard School, Exeter
Head of English Matthew Loosemore
English Teacher Angela Rowley, Graham Bank and Viv Martin
Emily Chanot, Maja Burska, Alice Player, Mai Terry, Katelyn Tomlinson, Eleanor Tothill, Lorelei Silver
English Teacher Sarah Fisher
Eloise Richards, Naomi Linton, Charlotte Linton, Ryan Whitehead, Phoebe Linton
St Peter’s Lympstone
Head of English Samantha Lister
Poets Ben Read, Natalie Conboy, Chloe Annan, William Olney, Evie Harbinson, Ben Walwin
The King’s School, Ottery St Mary
English Teacher Jess Chatfield
Sophie Andow, Felix Randall, Daisy Copping, Charlie Trimblett, Alice Bebber, Catrin Gerry, Joseph Robinson