A sweet and actually pretty fresh story that mostly defies its genre. We have the dead mother, but don't dwell on her. There's the pandemic, but that's mostly background. There's a mild supernatural element, but it is largely ignored. And the eco theme, while central to the story, is toned down. The ultimate solution is a compromise (i.e., responsible stewardship of resources) and while overly optimistic, does portray the types of win-win solutions that generally have underlaid real life conservation success stories. I might in fact criticize the story for not really pursuing any of these themes in any major way, but that decision leaves the book more digestible and less didactic. What results is sufficiently educational with a light touch and has little bits of stuff (emotions, interpersonal relationships, magic, and adventure) to excite the reader.