Secrets of the Coelacanth
From the Series On My Own Science
In 1938, off the coast of South Africa, a woman found a strange blue fish with four stubby fins, pointed spines, and a funny looking tail—it was a coelacanth! Until that very moment, the world had believed that coelacanths were extinct. Suddenly, scientists around the world were excited—could more of these unusual creatures be found and studied? Discover how scientists worked to solve the mystery of these extraordinary fish.
|Interest Level||Grade 2 - Grade 4|
|Reading Level||Grade 3|
|Publisher||Lerner Publishing Group|
|Brand||On My Own Books|
|Imprint||Millbrook Press ™|
The Horn Book Guide
“The content and detailed illustrations complementing the text make the book accessible to independent as well as reluctant readers.” —The Horn Book Guide
Library Media Connection
“On My Own Science is an accessible, informative series for middle and upper elementary students. . . this series would be a beneficial addtion to most school libraries. . .” —Library Media Connection
“Mystery Fish would be a nice addition to a classroom or a school library because it focuses on ecology, biology, animals, and the exploration of science from the perspective of a scientist. Students like these types of ‘strange and mysterious creatures’ and would find this book appealing.” —NSTA
Illustrator: Shawn Gould
Author: Sally M. Walker
Sally M. Walker has been a children's book writer for over 20 years. Most of her books are nonfiction and present various science topics to young readers. Fossil Fish Found Alive is the story of the hunt for the elusive fish called the coelacanth. Sally also enjoys combining science investigation with historical topics. Her book Secrets of a Civil War Submarine, which won the 2006 Robert F. Sibert Medal, tells about the history, loss, and re-discovery of the first submarine to sink an enemy ship in battle. Written in Bone: Buried Lives of Jamestown and Colonial Maryland takes readers on archaeological expeditions, where the forensic analysis of colonial settlers' bones helps us to understand their lives. Sally especially enjoys writing narrative nonfiction that captures the reader's attention with a true story. She is also the author of 2019 Orbis Pictus Honor Book Champion: The Comeback Tale of the American Chestnut.