Duffy’s Lucky Escape is an engaging story of the relationship between humans and wildlife and the dangers turtles face in their own natural habitats due to ocean plastic. Stunning artwork captures the imagination of young readers and brings to life a very real threat to our oceans.

Duffy’s Lucky Escape is based on true events and it is this powerful message which invites children and adults alike to question their environment and the plastic pollution within it. With suggestions for the future and links to activities which reinforce the story, Duffy’s Lucky Escape is a book which will inspire young readers to make changes to the world around them.


People all around the world are helping protect and manage turtles at every stage of their lives – from protecting nesting beaches from development, to helping the baby turtles make it safely into the oceans, to rescuing and rehabilitating sick and injured turtles. There are many different charities and volunteers who are dedicated and passionate to save this endangered and amazing animal. Have a look at our page on The Real Story to find out more.


A percentage of every sale of the book will be donated to one of our chosen charities – Surfers Against Sewage, the Marine Conservation Society, #2 Minute Beach Clean and Fathoms Free. Each of these charities has a dedicated mission to raise awareness and improve education to highlight the dangers of plastic in our oceans. They provide free resources and organise beach clean ups right around the UK. For more information please see our Resources page.


The more people who realise the devastating impact of plastic in our oceans and how it is creating a toxic environment for our wildlife, the more can be done to help clean up and protect our oceans. Read our Get Involved page to learn about ways you can help save creatures like Duffy – from using less plastic at school and home, to recycling and learning how to do a mini beach clean – every single person has a chance to make a difference.


There are 7 different types of sea turtle and 5 of them have been spotted in UK waters. The most common turtle to be found in the UK is the Leatherback. This is the biggest of all the sea turtles and can grow as big as a teacher! They eat lots and lots of jellyfish and have specially designed throats full of spines to stop the jellyfish from slipping away – this is why it is so devastating for them when they see a plastic bag floating in the sea – it looks like a jellyfish and once eaten they have no way to get it out of their bodies as the spines in their throat prevent them from regurgitating the plastic bag. Have a look at our Did You Know? page to learn more amazing facts about sea turtles.


Duffy’s story is aimed at 4-10 year olds and can be used as a teaching resource within a classroom, pre-school or children’s club setting. Introducing ideas such as why we need to recycle, why the school is choosing to go plastic-free at lunchtime, being global citizens, organising local beach cleans etc there are lots of ways for children to learn about plastic in our oceans as part of a wider curriculum. The book can be used to support the teaching of all the subjects in the UK national curriculum with lots of ideas as to how to incorporate this into children’s learning – to find out more visit our Resources page

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