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Extreme Scientists: Exploring Nature's Mysteries from Perilous Places (Scientists in the Field Series) Hardcover


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  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 - 9
  • Lexile Measure: 1130L (What's this?)
  • Series: Scientists in the Field Series
  • Hardcover: 80 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (May 4, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618777067
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618777068
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 11.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #582,738 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Grade 4-8–Three scientists whose research entails physical danger are featured here: one flies into hurricanes; another explores caves; and the third climbs the world's tallest trees. Through interviews, the author explores their work and its physical and psychological challenges. Although each section mentions that researchers can die from accidents in the field, the benefits and joys of each area of work are emphasized. Large color photos show the people (all Caucasian), their equipment, and the beauty of the extreme nature they explore. The section on cave explorer Hazel Barton has the most human interest and even shows a tattoo on her arm that depicts a partial map of South Dakota's Wind Cave. References to the subjects' childhood interests in science suggest that it's never too early to begin exploring. This exemplary title is just the thing for those who think that all scientists are sedentary.–Ellen Heath, Easton Area Public Library, Easton, PA
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"[the] text is thick with facts, but the researchers' anecdotes, which include harrowing recounts of near-death experiences . . . will keep kids tuned in, perhaps concocting their own adventurous careers."  - Audubon magazine, Sept/Oct 2010

"Fascinating."  (starred review) --ALA Booklist

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"While the clearly written text includes vivid passages about the dangers these scientists face, it goes on to discuss what drives them to pursue their subjects and what they have discovered along the way. Each of the three sections concludes with an interview. The many excellent, color photos portray these adventurers as scientists intently focused on their work, though sometimes in unusual or unusually beautiful surroundings . . . Fascinating."--Booklist, starred review

“Photos are key here, and they’re dramatic indeed . . . Kids who need convincing that science isn’t all white coats and test tubes will have their eyes opened here.”--The Bulletin

"Readers will encounter fascinating facts about weather forecasting, cave bacteria and fungi and life in the treetops. Each section ends with a series of quick questions to these courageous scientists."--Kirkus Reviews

"Jackson hits just the right balance between informative descriptions of the science and excitement surrounding the risks involved in the activities of the scientists. The numerous intriguing photos achieve this balance as well, showcasing all three scientists both in the lab and out in their elements."--The Horn Book Magazine

"This exemplary title is just the thing for those who think that all scientists are sedentary."--School Library Journal


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Sometimes the passion and the rewards of a job outweigh its risks as in the case of many "extreme scientists." They all have jobs to do and flirting with danger is just part of it. You just gotta do what you gotta do and in this book you'll be an armchair observer and feel the thrills without a chance of getting hurt unless of course you fall out of your chair with excitement when you dream of having one of these careers!

Paul Flaherty was always fascinated by the weather and knew, even as a young boy, that he was going to be a meteorologist. The blizzard of `78 for a "weather-crazed kid" turned him on, but the first storm that totally mesmerized him was Hurricane Gloria. He went out in the storm . . . "the sand blinded me at times and it was the first time I saw the ocean crash over the seawall." Paul was going to be a hurricane hunter and mark the "absolute center" of them!

Hazel Barton is a microbiologist and her quest takes her underground in search of some of the world's "tiniest inhabitants." Her specialty is looking for "extremophiles," microbes that can survive under the harshest of conditions. When she was a teenager, a biology assignment was to grow microbes in a petri dish using anything from her body, say like dandruff. "The next day, this gross yellow snotty thing grew, and it was just amazing to me . . . From that point on, I knew I wanted to do microbiology." Now the Cave Woman forges into the unknown beneath the Earth in search of microbes.

Steve Sillett was like a lot of kids. He loved climbing trees. When he was in college, he "studied organisms that live in trees" and then became "fascinated with forest canopies," the stuff that grows at the top of trees. Now Steve was made of all the right stuff to become a botanist.
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Great way to introduce non-fiction comprehension within a topic. It opened up our Earth Science reports into "what scientists do"
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By Y. Trehalf on July 29, 2009
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Gave them away as gifts to all the little future scientists we know. Well written and interesting! Shows kids the interesting side to being a scientist.
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