…successfully infuse[s] the image of plant collection with a measure of excitement many readers will not expect. (BCCB)
Combining bits of botanical history and exploration with accounts of adventurers, this unusual book introduces European and North American plant hunters... (Booklist)
…smoothly written, smartly paced and filled with exciting tales of risk taking and derring-do. (Kirkus Reviews)
About the Author
Anita Silvey is among today's foremost authorities on children's books. She is the creator of both the online and the print editions of the Children's Book-a-Day Almanac, and teaches courses in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science and the Children's Literature Program at Simmons College. A frequent contributor to NPR, Ms. Silvey lectures around the country on children's and young adult books. Her recent books include Henry Knox: Bookseller, Soldier, Patriot, I'll Pass for Your Comrade: Women Soldiers in the Civil War, and Everything I Need to Know I Learned from a Children's Book. She lives near Boston, Massachusetts.