Sea Otter Heroes

The Predators That Saved an Ecosystem

  • Interest Level: Grade 4 - Grade 8   ·  
  • Reading Level: Grade 5

A Robert F. Sibert Informational Honor Book

A Green Earth Book Award Winner

This up-close look at a fascinating scientific discovery highlights the critical role predators such as sea otters play in keeping ecosystems healthy.

In Elkhorn Slough, an inlet on the California coast, seagrass grows healthy and strong in the shallow water. This healthy seagrass baffled marine biologist Brent Hughes. The scientist expected this estuary to be overrun with algae, causing the seagrass to die. Why was the seagrass thriving?
As Brent investigated, signs pointed to an unexpected player helping to keep the seagrass healthy: sea otters! What do these top predators have to do with an aquatic grass at the opposite end of the food chain? Brent’s amazing discovery gave scientists insight into the delicate balance of ecosystems. Follow science in action as Brent conducts the research that led to this major discovery.

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Interest Level Grade 4 - Grade 8
Reading Level Grade 5
Genre Nonfiction
Subject Animals, Science, STEM
Copyright 2017
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Millbrook Press ™, Lerner Digital ™
Language English
Number of Pages 56
Publication Date 2017-01-01
Reading Counts! Level 8.5
BISACS JNF003150, JNF051100, JNF051150
Dewey 599.769/5
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 10.625 x 8.875
Lexile 1060
Guided Reading Level Y
ATOS Reading Level 6.9
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 187289
Accelerated Reader® Points 1.0
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Awards, Bibliography/further reading, Glossary, Index, Maps, Photo captions, Reviewed, Starred Reviews, Table of contents, Teaching Guides, and eSource

Awards

  • Green Earth Book Award, Winner, 2018
  • ALA Notable Children's Books, Winner, 2018
  • Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal Honor Book, Commended, 2018
  • AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books Longlist, Long-listed, 2017
  • Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award Notable, Commended, 2017

Reviews

Kirkus Reviews

“A thoughtfully organized and attractively presented example of science in the field.”—starred, Kirkus Reviews

Booklist

“Not just an exploration of one particular discovery in marine biology, this is a comprehensive explanation of the scientific process as well.”—Booklist

School Library Journal

“The step-by-step process of ascertaining that the sea otter was responsible for the thriving ecosystem provides a strong example of the value and excitement of primary research. . . . A very informative selection for environmental studies.”—School Library Journal

Author: Patricia Newman

Patricia Newman has a passion for uncovering fascinating aspects about our world and crafting books that lead children on an adventure of discovery. She gravitates toward stories about animals and conservation science and enjoys sharing her excitement with readers. Books include Sibert Honor title Sea Otter Heroes: The Predators That Saved an Ecosystem; Junior Library Guild Selection Eavesdropping on Elephants; Bank Street College Best Book Zoo Scientists to the Rescue; Booklist Editor's Choice Ebola: Fears and Facts; and Green Earth Book Award winner Plastic, Ahoy! Investigating the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. She frequently speaks at schools, libraries, and conferences about writing and conservation. Visit her at www.patriciamnewman.com.

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Sea Otter Heroes

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