Wild Animal Neighbors
Sharing Our Urban World
What would you do if you found an alligator in your garage? Or if you spotted a mountain lion downtown? In cities and suburbs around the world, wild creatures are showing up where we least expect them. Not all of them arrive by accident, and some are here to stay. As the human population tops seven billion, animals are running out of space. Their natural habitats are surrounded—and sometimes even replaced—by highways, shopping centers, office parks, and subdivisions. The result? A wildlife invasion of our urban neighborhoods.
What kinds of animals are making cities their new home? How can they survive in our ecosystem of concrete, steel, and glass? And what does their presence there mean for their future and ours? Join scientists, activists, and the folks next door on a journey around the globe to track down our newest wild animal neighbors. Discover what is bringing these creatures to our backyards—and how we can create spaces for people and animals to live side by side.
|Grade 5 - Grade 12
|Lerner Publishing Group
|Twenty-First Century Books ™
|Number of Pages
|Reading Counts! Level
|JNF003000, JNF051150, JNF051100
|9.75 x 9.75
|ATOS Reading Level
|Accelerated Reader® Quiz
|Accelerated Reader® Points
|Awards, Bibliography/further reading, Index, Maps, Photo captions, Reviewed, Sidebars, Source notes, Starred Reviews, Table of contents, Teaching Guides, and eSource
Author: Ann Downer
Ann Downer was born in Virginia and spent part of her childhood in the Philippines and in Thailand. She is the author of five fantasy novels for young readers and three previous books about science, including the award-winning Elephant Talk: The Surprising Science of Elephant Communication for Twenty-First Century Books. Her first picture book, Shark Baby, was published in 2013. She lives outside Boston, Massachusetts, with her husband and son. Their backyard is visited by woodchucks, skunks, and rabbits, but no bears—so far.
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Wild Animal Neighbors
What would you do if you found an alligator in your garage? Or if you spotted a mountain lion downtown? In cities and suburbs around the world, wild creatures are showing up where we least expect them. Not all of them arrive by accident, and some are here to stay. As the human population View available downloads →
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- New York Public Library Best Books for Kids
- ACL Distinguished Book
- Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year
The content holds obvious appeal, and Downer’s presentation is clear and engaging….[A] useful and thought-provoking book that will prove to be a hit with city-dwelling animal lovers and wannabe wildlife scientists." —The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“An unusual issue set forth clearly and concisely for middle school and high school readers.” —Kirkus Reviews
“This successful book is worthy of a spot on any library shelf.” —starred, School Library Journal