Waverly Braves the Breeze: The Story of a Galapagos Albatross


by Samantha Cora


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Come along to Española Island, in the Galápagos archipelago, one of the only places in the world where the waved albatross breeds. Meet Waverly, a young albatross who is afraid to spread her wings and fly. What if she gets lonely? What if she misses home? As Waverly thinks things over, she befriends other unusual and special animals on Española Island. Together, they help Waverly discover just how brave she can be.

This rhyming story skillfully explores themes of anxiety, friendship, and bravery while introducing kids to the real-world life cycle of the waved albatross. The story centers on the process of fledging, when young albatrosses reach the age of about six months and leave their home on Española Island to spend years at sea. The charming story is followed by robust educational backmatter about the Galápagos.

Waverly’s is a unique story of how bravery, friendship, and encouragement conquer anxiety. Set in the Galápagos, the book introduces children to unusual animals and Spanish phrases while exploring the theme of overcoming fear in order to grow.


Publication Date | April 23, 2024 | Trade edition

Hardcover » Smyth Sewn Binding 

40 Pages 

Color Illustrations Throughout

7.75 x 10 in.

$18.99 ($25.99 CAN)

ISBN 9781735311562

4 - 8 years