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Lasky and Knight, the writer and photographer who created books such as Surtsey: The Newest Place on Earth (1992) and Interrupted Journey: Saving Endangered Sea Turtles (2001), now introduce arachnologist Greta Binford and the spiders she studies. Beginning with a close look at spiders, the book discusses Binford�s childhood interest in the natural world as well as her research on Loxosceles spiders, carried on in her lab at Lewis and Clark College and on a field trip to the Dominican Republic. There, she and two students collect spiders that may help answer questions about the migration of their ancestors millions of years ago. Many excellent color photos and clearly drawn maps illustrate the text, which creates an appealing portrayal of the scientist and her fascination with her work. Source lists of books and websites are appended along with a glossary of spiders that includes small photos, scientific and common names, and page references. Pair this intriguing book with Sy Montgomery�s Tarantula Scientist (2004). Grades 5-8. --Carolyn Phelan

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Kathryn Lasky writes award-winning books for children across all genres. Her many illustrated nonfiction titles include the Newbery Honor book Sugaring Time as well as One Beetle Too Many: The Extraordinary Adventures of Charles Darwin; Interrupted Journey: Saving Endangered Sea Turtles; and John Muir: America’s First Environmentalist. Kathryn Lasky and her husband, Christopher G. Knight, live in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Christopher G. Knight is a documentary filmmaker as well as photographer. His photographs illustrate Kathryn Lasky’s Interrupted Journey: Saving Endangered Sea Turtles and Sugaring Time.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 1050L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick (February 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763642223
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763642228
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 0.4 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,003,934 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hi Readers! Thanks for coming by my author page. I've written all sorts of books - from fantasy about animals to books about science. One of my favorite animal fantasy series, Guardians of Ga'Hoole, is a major motion picture. I liked writing about Ga'Hoole so much that I decided to revisit that world in a different series, Wolves of the Beyond. I've recently added a new Guardians book: The Rise of A Legend, the story of Ezylryb, the great sage of the Ga'Hoole Tree. Another new book just came out, the first in the Horses of the Dawn series. I think of it as an equine retelling of the Spanish conquest of the New World. Visit my website, www.kathrynlasky.com for the latest news. All my best, Kathryn

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