Glowing Bunnies!?

Why We're Making Hybrids, Chimeras, and Clones

  • Interest Level: Grade 6 - Grade 12
  • Reading Level: Grade 6

Our brave new world is here.

With modern genetic technologies, science fiction’s “what if?” has become the scientist’s “why not?” Bioengineering has the potential to remake animals in almost any way we can imagine, and it’s being used to solve a range of urgent global problems, including climate change, species extinctions, the destruction of natural habitats, and human health issues.

But just because we can do all these things, does that mean we should?

In the pages of Glowing Bunnies!? you will encounter some of the strange and wonderful genetically modified animals of tomorrow. Learn why scientists are going to such lengths to mess with genes and what the ethical and health-related consequences might be. By understanding both the science and the stakes, you too can judge the potential of this budding science to save—or ruin—the world.

Presented as a compendium of existing and proposed creatures, this book describes the animals being created, the scientific techniques involved, and each animal’s purpose. Additionally, it addresses bioethics, unintended consequences, and animal welfare.

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Interest Level Grade 6 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 6
Genre Science, Young Adult
Category 5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Traditional Nonfiction, STEM, STEM: Engineering, STEM: Life Science/Animals, STEM: Life Science/Health and Human Body
Copyright 2022
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Zest Books ™
Language English
Number of Pages 208
Publication Date 2022-05-03
Text Type Informational/Explanatory
BISACS YAN003010, YAN050130, YAN050080
Dewey 179/.3
Dimensions 6 x 9
Lexile 1140
Guided Reading Level TBD
Features Awards, Bibliography/further reading, Glossary, Index, Photo captions, Reviewed, Sidebars, Source notes, Table of contents, Teaching Guides, and eSource

Author: Jeff Campbell

Jeff Campbell has published two previous young adult books about animals: Daisy to the Rescue (a 2015 IPPY gold medal winner), about animals saving human lives and the science of animal intelligence; and Last of the Giants (a 2016 Junior Library Guild selection), about conservation and our current extinction crisis. For twelve years, Jeff was an award-winning travel writer for Lonely Planet, and he's also a book editor and creative writing teacher. He is based in Morristown, New Jersey.

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Children's Literature Comprehensive Database (CLCD)

“[E]ncourages readers to thoughtfully consider the reasons and possible consequences—for both humans and animals—for manipulating these complex systems.”–Children’s Literature

School Library Journal

“The book is written in a friendly, age-appropriate style with genetic engineering terms and procedures well defined. Young readers will enjoy popular culture references to Jurassic Park and Frankenstein that make the complicated subject matter more relatable. Colorful captioned photographs and larger font headings balance the text in each chapter. The work also aids future reading and reference with an extensive bibliography, source notes, and glossary. Libraries looking to update their science collections for middle grade students will want to consider this nicely packaged publication.”—School Library Journal

Publishers Weekly

“Campbell’s intriguing, easily digestible foray into animal gene editing, its effects on present and future scientific climates, and its contemplation on whether these practices are ethically responsible, practical, or inherently harmful proves thought-provoking. This enlightening work encourages readers to ask questions and conduct their own research, while maintaining that science continues evolving and changing faster than one can blink.”—Publishers Weekly


“Divided into five parts, this fascinating, detailed text focuses on how genetic engineering could help animal conservation and the extinction crisis, restore damaged ecosystems, make agriculture more efficient and less polluting, create unusual and useful pets, and fight or eliminate disease in both animals and humans. . . . presents safety and ethical pros and cons, raises legal considerations, and asks guided questions but ultimately allows readers to decide for themselves.”—Booklist

Kirkus Reviews

“A controversial subject presented with verve that allows readers to make up their own minds.”—Kirkus Reviews