Meet author Karen Tyrrell and the fifth exciting Song Bird Superhero adventure: Drought Rescue

  • Published on June 4, 2021

Meet author Karen Tyrrell and the fifth exciting Song Bird Superhero adventure: Drought Rescue

Today it is my pleasure to reintroduce you to Karen Tyrrell with the fifth of her books in the Song Bird Superhero series. Each of the books in the series encourages children to believe in themselves and their ability to make a positive difference.

In each adventure, Song Bird tackles a problem facing a different environment and empowers children with knowledge they can use to protect our precious world.

With World Environment Day occurring tomorrow on 5 June, Karen couldn’t have picked a better time to launch her book.

Karen and Steve Tyrrell, authors of Song Bird Superhero series

About Karen Tyrrell

Karen Tyrrell is an award-winning author and former teacher who coordinated science at her school. Karen and hubby, Steve won an Arts Queensland stART grant to travel to Winton and Longreach to research Song Bird: Drought Rescue.

As a girl, Karen dreamed of flying. Now she soars via alter ego Song Bird, superhero. Karen’s eleven books connect children with their inner superheroes. Her characters empower kids to live strong, develop team-building skills and grow resilience to deal with bullying.

Karen lives in Brisbane, Quensland, where she presents FUN storytelling sessions and creative writing workshops at schools, libraries and festivals.

Kids Helpline supports Karen’s books, STOP the Bully and Bailey Beats the Blah. The Queensland Department of Environment and Science supports Song Bird: Rainforest Rescue and Song Bird: Great Barrier Reef Rescue.

Song Bird: Drought Rescue by Karen Tyrrell

About Song Bird: Drought Rescue

Author: Karen Tyrrell

ISBN: 978-0-6481617-6-9

Publisher: Digital Future Press

Distributors: Lightning Source, Amazon, Booktopia, Peter Pal, ALS, James Bennett.

Release Date: 14th May, 2021

AGE: 7-12 years

Format: Paperback 203 mm x 127 mm

Pages: 200 pages

RRP: $16.95 AU

Themes: environment, drought, sustainability, ecology, Banjo Paterson, outback, Winton, Queensland, Australia, dinosaurs, Lark Quarry, QANTAS, Royal Flying Doctors, climate change, Great Artesian Basin, water, sheep, friendship, disability, STEM science.

The Blurb


Rosie, aka Song Bird superhero, must save the outback from the drought.

Animals are dying, water’s disappearing, dinosaurs are stampeding,

… and now Aunt Matty’s kidnapped.

Is Destructo behind the devastation?

Song Bird follows a secret map to unlock a mystery.

Can Song Bird rescue the outback before it’s too late?

The Book Trailer  

Purchase your copy of books in the Song Bird series from

What I like about Song Bird: Drought Rescue

Karen Tyrrell has done it again with another super-exciting, nail-biting, page-turning adventure with Super (Rosie) Bird and her side-kicks Amy and Ben.

Rosie and her friends travel to outback Queensland to help Rosie’s Aunt Matty and Uncle Banjo on their drought-affected property. When they arrive, they discover that things are even more dire than they initially thought. Super Bird’s arch enemy the evil Destructo is involved, of course, and is determined to outwit Super Bird and her friends. The battle for the Outback is on.

As with other books in the series, Rosie must use her superpowers to battle the obstacles. With the assistance of her scientist friend Amy, with expertise in gadgetry and other technology, and the quick-thinking of their friend Ben, they investigate the problem and devise a plan to resolve it.

I like that the book calls upon children to utilise their strengths and draw upon inner resources to solve their problems. It shows that working together has many benefits and proves the adage ‘Where there’s a will, there’s a way.’

I also like the way Karen has woven aspects of both recent and long-ago history of the outback Queensland setting into her story and paid homage to one of our most famous poets A.B. (Banjo) Paterson. The story is bound to send curious children diving into resources to find out more about the location and Paterson’s poetry.

At the front of the book, Karen has included a Glossary of Terms; and at the back, she explains drought and offers suggestions for saving water and improving drought conditions.

The book provides plenty of scope for classroom-based explorations and will no doubt inspire many families to holiday in and explore the region.

This book is a perfect companion for others in the series.

You can read my interviews with Karen and reviews of other books in the series here:

Song Bird Superhero

The Battle of Bug World

Rainforest Rescue

Great Barrier Reef Rescue

All of these books, including Song Bird: Drought Rescue are available from

Book Giveaway

WIN two copies of Song Bird Drought Rescue!

Karen is giving away two signed books with gift packs for the two most supportive Australians over the 10-day campaign period. (for example: leaving comments on tour blog posts, sharing on social media.)

Winners will receive a signed copy, bookmark, goodies and a signed stamped certificate.

Book Tour

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Song Bird Drought Rescue Book Tour

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    What a great series. Kids will love these books, fun entertaining and informative. I enjoyed the review of the most recent book. I hope teachers read it to their students.

    Yes, Karen has popped in a few times, Robbie. I really like these Song Bird books.

    HI Jacqui,
    Lovely to find you here too.
    Thanks for supporting Song Bird Drought Rescue … and reading my review and leaving comments both on READILEARN and Norah’s own website. Good luck in the book Giveaway!
    Karen & Steve x

    Thanks Norah for your incredible review of Song Bird Drought Rescue! LOVE IT!
    Thanks too for directly your viewers to my book trailer, book shop and your reviews of other books in the series,
    Warmly, Karen x

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