Fall 2018

Extreme Longevity

Discovering Earth's Oldest Organisms

  • Interest Level: Grade 8 - Grade 12   ·  
  • Reading Level: Grade 8

Meet the science experts who study specimens of extreme longevity in both the plant and animal kingdoms, such as the 80,000-year-old root system of Pando (a colony of male quaking aspens), 11,000-year-old deep-sea sponges, and 400-year-old sharks. Learn about technologies used to determine age and longevity, including DNA sampling, growth rings, and radiocarbon dating. See how scientists located these long-lived species were and why and how they resist disease and aging. And delve into how scientists are using what they know about aged plants and animals to research how we can promote longevity in humans.

Format List Price Your Price Qty
978-1-51248-372-7
$37.32 $27.99
978-1-54152-478-1
$55.99 $41.99
Interest Level Grade 8 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 8
Genre Nonfiction, Young Adult
Subject Science
Copyright 2019
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Twenty-First Century Books ™
Language English
Number of Pages 104
Publication Date 2018-08-01
BISACS YAN050030, YAN051050, YAN050010
Dewey 571.8/79
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 6 x 9
Lexile 1100
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Bibliography/further reading, Charts/Graphs/Diagrams, Glossary, Index, Primary source quotations/images, Reviewed, and Source notes

Reviews

School Library Journal

“A fascinating study of some of the longest-living organisms on the planet. . . . An excellent addition to middle school and high school library collections.”—School Library Journal

Booklist

“Readers will enjoy learning about these amazing organisms.”—Booklist

Kirkus Reviews

“An intriguing look at some of world’s oldest organisms and the scientists who study them.”—Kirkus Reviews

Author: Karen Latchana Kenney

Karen Latchana Kenney was born near the rainforests of Guyana, but moved far north to Minnesota at a young age. She graduated from the University of Minnesota with a bachelor's degree in English and has been writing and editing since. She has worked as an editor at an educational publishing company, but is now a full-time freelance writer and editor in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She has written more than 70 books on all kinds of subjects: from arts and crafts to biographies of famous people. Her books have received positive reviews from Booklist, Library Media Connection, and School Library Journal. When she's not busy writing, she loves biking and hiking with her husband and young son in the many beautiful parks of the state. Visit her online at http://latchanakenney.wordpress.com/.