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Turner, whose books include Gorilla Doctors (2005) and The Frog Scientist (2009), introduces the work of the Tagging of Pacific Predators project, in which scientists use electronic tags to trace the routes of hard-to-observe ocean animals. The first chapter shows the scientists tagging a leatherback turtle and tracking her course. The next chapter involves monitoring a bluefin tuna, which crisscrosses the Pacific for two years. In the next, a child finds a great white shark’s tag in a tide pool and returns it to the project. The last follows two mated shearwaters, seabirds that raise their young and then fly separately for thousands of miles before reuniting the following fall. In each chapter, a clearly delineated map makes it easy to follow the animals’ routes, and many clear color photos show the animals and the scientists who study them. Additional information on the four species is appended, along with lists of recommended reading, films, and Web sites. A clearly written presentation of an unusual topic. Grades 3-6. --Carolyn Phelan

About the Author

PAMELA S. TURNER has written many science and nature articles for adults and books for children, including Hachiko: The True Story of a Loyal Dog and Gorilla Doctors: Saving Endangered Great Apes, an American Library Association Notable Book and winner of the ASPCA Henry Bergh Award. She lives in Oakland, California, with her family.



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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 and up
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Childrens (October 27, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802797482
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802797483
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 0.4 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,518,035 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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My Background

I was very interested in books as a child. I still remember how hard I worked as a four-year-old at learning to write my name because my mother promised I could have a library card as soon as I could scrawl "PAMELA." When my parents made me turn my bedroom lights out at night, I would read by the tiny red light on the temperature control for my electric blanket. I grew up in Riverside--a rather hot part of Southern California. I was forced to sweat through many books, and not just because I was worried about the hero.

The first thing I can remember wanting to be is a children's author. I also loved animals. We had a dog and a big outdoor cage full of doves. My good friend, Jenny, lived on a dairy farm and it was critter heaven for me. We would jump her horses bareback over bales of hay and ride for miles in the hills.

When I was in college I spent a year in Nairobi, Kenya as an exchange student. I didn't know much about Africa before I left, but I knew it had lots of wildlife. I traveled throughout East and Central Africa and saw lions, elephants, gorillas, Cape buffalo, and many other animals. I met my future husband, Rob, in Kenya. He was also an exchange student. We both loved living in another country.

I have a B.A. in Social Science from the University of California, Irvine, and a Master of Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley. I've worked as a legislative assistant for foreign affairs for a California congressman and as a international health consultant. Over the years Rob and I lived in Kenya, the Marshall Islands, South Africa, the Philippines, and Japan. We have three children, Travis (26), Kelsey (24), and Connor (21). Each of them was born in a different country.

How I Started Writing

My family and I lived in Japan for about six years, and my children all attended a local Japanese preschool. The Japanese mothers at the preschool told me the story of Hachiko. I thought it was a wonderful tale. When we returned to the U.S. I decided I wanted to be a writer, just like I'd planned to be when I was four.(Better late than never.) Hachiko is famous in Japan, and I thought his story would be a wonderful one to share with English-speaking children. HACHIKO was my first book. Since then I've written seven more (GORILLA DOCTORS, LIFE ON EARTH-AND BEYOND, A LIFE IN THE WILD, THE FROG SCIENTIST, PROWLING THE SEAS, PROJECT SEAHORSE, and THE DOLPHINS OF SHARK BAY). Another book is in the pipeline: SAMURAI RISING, to be published in 2016 by Charlesbridge.

On the Home Front

We now live in Oakland, California. I've written many science and nature articles for adults and for children. Besides reading and writing, I like to scuba dive and snow ski. I've been lucky enough to dive all over the world, including the Caribbean, Southeast Asia, the Pacific, and off California. I love diving because you can get closer to big animals underwater than anywhere else. Several years ago I began learning kendo (Japanese swordfighting) along with with youngest son, Connor. We are members of the Berkeley Kendo Dojo.

When I write I am ably kept company by my yellow labrador retriever, Manchee, and my son Connor's cockapoo, Tux. They sometimes respond to "sit." They always respond to "cookie." I also have a very obese Australian White's tree frog named Dumpy F. Lumpy who looks a lot like Jabba the Hut.

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Format: Hardcover
Most of Earth's predators live beneath the ocean waters and carry an aura of mystery about them because scientists are now discovering they didn't know as much about them as they thought they did. For example, scientists mistakenly thought that white sharks "stayed near the coast," but by tagging them they found that they swim "far into the open ocean." Scientists of the Tagging of Pacific Predators (TOPP) tagged a great white shark off the coast of California in 2004. The battery tag failed in the ocean waters of Hawaii little more than six months later.

The tag, sans shark, mysteriously showed up in a tidal pool the same year. It was picked up by five-year-old Calvin Wisner. Just how much do we really know about our mysterious ocean predators? In this book you will learn about TOPP's scientists and what they do, but more interestingly you'll learn about the animals they study. You'll learn about the leatherback sea turtle and the "Great Turtle Race," you'll follow and learn about a small bluefin tuna that crisscrossed the Pacific, and you'll learn some amazing things about the sooty shearwater. If you are really interested in these animals, this book gives a link where you can go to follow the animals in "near real time!"

This fascinating book will thrill anyone interested in exploring and learning about the predators of the deep. I loved reading this book and when I went to check out the recommended "near real time" site it brought to light what these scientists are really doing. I won't spoil the readers' experience and won't go into what I saw. The photographs in this book were vibrant and very interesting. There were many maps to show the pathways these animals took. In the back of the book is a single page about "Ocean Predator Populations" and additional recommended book, video and internet resources. This book would be a wonderful classroom resource!
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Daniel Corrigan just moved to Nodle's Green, Pennsylvania
and notices something strange. Soon, he figures out that
his new friends have superpowers. One can fly, one is super
strong, and another can turn invisible. These kids watch
over the town and keep everyone safe. The only problem is
that the superheroes are disappearing one by one because
when they turn thirteen, their powers and any memories of
them disappear. To find the villain that is stealing the
powers of the kids of Noble's Green, everyone will have to
work together and stop him once and for all.

This book is now one of my favorites! The author made me feel like I was
actually there. I felt like I could relate to all of the
characters in some way. I also liked how the author
described everything in great detail so you knew exactly
what was going on. I would recommend this book to anyone
who loves a good adventure or mystery.

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"Prowling the Seas: Exploring the Hidden World of Ocean Predators," by Pamela Turner. (Walker). Follow tagged sea creatures on their epic journeys across the Pacific Ocean in this fascinating book. Scientists tag a tuna, great white shark, leatherback turtle, and a pair of shearwaters for the Tagging of Pacific Predators Project. Researchers learned surprising new information about the endangered animals. For example, leatherback turtles swim past the Galapagos Islands to the mid-Pacific, but no one knows why. The tuna swam 25,000 miles in 600 days! The mated birds took wildly different routes after nesting, only to reunite months later. Each chapter has easy-to-follow maps showing the animals' routes and numerous full-color photos. This lovely book may change the way you think about sea creatures.
By Connie Goldsmith, children's book reviewer for California Kids, a Sacramento regional parenting publication
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