Eavesdropping on Elephants

How Listening Helps Conservation

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

Can understanding how forest elephants communicate help scientists find ways to protect this vulnerable species?

Researcher Katy Pane and others involved with Cornell University’s Elephant Listening Project believe it can. Patricia Newman takes readers behind the scenes to see how scientists are making new discoveries about elephant communication and using what they learn to help these majestic animals, with QR codes linking to audio of the elephant sounds.

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On pre-order until 08/01/2023
Interest Level Grade 4 - Grade 8
Reading Level Grade 5
Genre Science
Category 5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Narrative Nonfiction, Animals, STEM, STEM: Life Science/Animals, STEM: Technology
Copyright 2019
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Millbrook Press ™
Language English
Number of Pages 56
Publication Date 2018-08-01
Text Type Narrative Nonfiction
BISACS JNF003070, JNF051050
Dewey 599.67/4
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 10.625 x 8.875
Lexile 1080
ATOS Reading Level 7.0
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 196895
Accelerated Reader® Points 1.0
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Awards, Bibliography/further reading, Glossary, Index, Maps, Page Plus™, Primary source quotations/images, Reviewed, and Websites

Author: Patricia Newman

Patricia Newman's books inspire young readers to seek connections to the real world. Her titles encourage readers to use their imaginations to solve real world problems and act on behalf of their communities. These books include Sibert Honor title Sea Otter Heroes: The Predators That Saved an Ecosystem; Orbis Pictus Recommended Book Planet Ocean: Why We All Need a Healthy Ocean; 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. Patricia frequently speaks at schools and conferences to share how children of any age can affect change. Visit her at www.patriciamnewman.com.


  • NSTA/CBC Outstanding Science Trade Books, Winner, 2019
  • Green Earth Book Award Short List, Short-listed, 2019
  • Children’s Book Committee at the Bank Street Center for Children’s Literature Best Children’s Books of the Year, Winner, 2019
  • 2018 Eureka! Gold Award, Winner, 2018



“An inviting introduction to biologists at work.”—Booklist

School Library Journal

“A great pick for middle school nonfiction collections.”—School Library Journal

Kirkus Reviews

“Fascinating for earnest conservationists.”—Kirkus Reviews