Review of Channing O’Banning and the Rainforest Rescue

Channing O'Banning and the Rainforest Rescue


Review of Channing O’Banning and the Rainforest Rescue

Eastern Kentucky author Angela Spady introduces us to a fun and flamboyant character, third grader Channing O’Banning in her newly published book Channing O’Banning and the Rainforest Rescue.  I had the pleasure to recently read and review this book, so please join me today as we learn more about Channing’s world.


Inspiring artist Channing O’Banning is rarely seen without a colored pencil stuck in her hair. She’s very content with her life, a life that includes best friends Maddy and Cooper, her parents, her Nana and Nana’s pot-bellied pig Teeny.  As long as she’s not expected to bring home a great grade in science, Channing’s world is in tip-top shape. But as summer vacation looms just around the corner, newcomer Marco bursts onto the scene, and not only does he out-do Channing in science, but he also steals away her best friend.  Now, Channing faces spending the rest of the summer best friendless, and if that wasn’t bad enough, she would soon find herself on the way to Costa Rica with none other than Marco himself.

What begins as a bad nightmare, soon turns into a fantastic adventure deep in a Costa Rican rainforest. Before long Channing finds herself lost in a world very different from her own.  One where Blue Morpho Butterflies, Blue-Jean Frogs, Quetzals, purple hummingbirds, and volcanoes are the norm. Soon, we discover what might have started out as a really bad idea, could actually become a great learning experience for a third grade student and budding artist.


Channing O’Banning and the Rainforest Rescue is the first book in a series by author Angela Spady.  Rich in science, social studies, and life skills, Channing O’Banning is sure to be a hit with parents and teachers, as well as a delight to young kids who will identify with her keen sense of humor, and rambunctious personality. Every time Channing pulled a colored pencil out of her ponytail I laughed because I could so see myself doing that. As someone who loves discovering new facts about other cultures and countries, I really enjoyed reading about the beautiful scenery of Costa Rica, and imaging what the colorful animals looked like Channing found and sketched along the way.

Target Audience

Children from 7-10  years old would really enjoy this book. Children’s fiction, action and adventure.


I really enjoyed reading Channing O’Banning.  I thought it was well written, and very educational.  It touched on many different areas: science, social studies, art, recycling, rainforests, speaking Spanish, friendship, conflict resolution, and Costa Rican culture. This is a children’s book I would feel comfortable letting my niece read, and I’m sure her mom would approve.  Channing is very likeable and you can’t help but cheer her on through every adventure and mishap.  I look forward to many more from this series, because I can only imagine what she could get into in the future.  The only negative I could find was that being a visual person, I would have liked to have had a printed copy of the book.  It’s one where illustrations would really enhance it, but for now this title is available only as an eBook.

So, will Channing survive the wild ride Marco and his family have in store for her, or will he ruin her summer, and quite possibly the rest of her life? Well, I would love to tell you how it all ends, but that’s for you to find out.

Book Details

Sold as a Kindle eBook (I purchased mine from Amazon)
Title: Channing O’Banning and the Rainforest Rescue
Author: Angela Spady
Illustrations: Tammie Lyon
January 2013



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As well as writing for Hope Flourishes I also write for my website Heart Reflected. Most of my free time is spent behind a camera or laptop documenting God’s beautiful creation, and teaching an adult women’s Sunday school class..

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  1. Sounds like a great read for the age group I’ll bear it in mind with the families I work with!
    I’m all in favour of encouraging children to explore and problem solve, and many in this age group need good role models to help them learn to resolve conflict in a healthy way.
    All the best to Channing and her future adventures!

    • Thanks Matt. Yes, they do indeed need it. I used to teach a program in our area schools on conflict resolution called Talking with TJ. It’s very much needed today.

  2. Sounds like a fascinating book! I wish Angela every success.