The list author says: "Teacher, Author, Writer, Traveler, Conservationist. I believe we can encourage kids to become wise stewards of our precious natural resources through stories that blend science and imagination, which will inspire kids to find intelligent ways to make a difference."
"I loved this book that skillfully weaves the intimate personal experiences of a young girl and the science and wonder of the wilds. At 13, an orphan, and unhappily married, Miyax runs away to the vast Alaskan tundra, with no food, no shelter, and no idea which is the way to safety."
"This eco mystery is a classic that will appeal to young and old. Brian Robeson, 13, is the only passenger on a small plane flying him to visit his father in the Canadian wilderness when the pilot has a heart attack and dies. Paulsen tells a gripping adventure story of the boy's survival."
"This classic was voted one of the top 10 American children's books of the last 200 years by the Children's Literature Association. Although modern readers may find it a little slow, it's its a compelling and touching story about how a resourceful Indian girl survives alone on an island off the California coast for 18 years."
"In Paterson's Newbery-winning novel, Jess and Leslie create an imaginary, secret kingdom in the woods called Terabithia that can be reached only by swinging across a creek bed on a rope. But a tragic accident befalls Leslie as she ventures alone to Terabithia, and Jess's life is changed forever."
"Loved this small treasure of a book for its imaginative and adventuresome young women, all so different, but with a beautiful shared friendship, and for its message that preservation of nature still has a place in our fast moving world. The dream sequence was an unexpected treat!"
"In the second in the series of eco mysteries, "green" teens take action with attitude and a touch of humor. When six determined teenagers decide to track down poachers tearing up the rare Cahaba lily from a National Wildlife Refuge, they plunge straight into an exciting eco adventure."
"When Rose visits her family in Australia, she rescues a mother and baby koala abondoned in a garbage can. She is determined to track down the kidnappers, but first she must solve a complex ecological mystey that leads her into dangerous situations! A fun and informative adventure for middle schoolers and nature lovers of all ages."
"When Sophie and Clara, two determined teenage girls, discover an exotic pearl inside a rare freshwater mussel, they find themselves involved in a dangerous treasure hunt and a complicated Eco mystery. The QR CODES IN THE BOOK SEAMLESSLY LINK the book to video clips, allowing the reader to see a d to hear what the characters Re seeing and hearing. A rollicking, delightful adventure."
"An elegant and poignant story in an exotic setting. Although not strictly an ecological mystery (and it's not for kids), nature lovers will find this moving. The story also illuminates the tragic results of "comfort women" held hostage by the Japenese during WW11 by the Japanese."