Books by John F. Waters

Released: May 12, 2015

"A distinct and refreshing change of pace from the usual melodramatic shark fare. (glossary, websites) (Informational picture book. 6-8)"
Paper-collage portraits with only an occasional flash of jagged dentifrice illustrate this appreciative description of how sharks use their extraordinarily sharp senses to find prey. Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 1994

In 1977, scientists discovered, miles beneath the sea, cracks in the earth's crust spewing out superheated water and chemicals, supporting astonishing life forms that are not dependent on light from the sun. These deep-sea vents—named ``Garden of Eden'' and ``Dandelion Patch''—host life forms that survive at temperatures of 400 degrees F. and thrive in an environment of hydrogen sulfide, lethal to most other life. The discoveries are causing scientists to rethink the origins of life and speculate on new solutions to pollution. Aiming at younger readers than R. V. Fodor's The Strange World of Deep-Sea Vents (1991), prolific science writer Waters describes the scientists' vehicles, explorations, findings, and speculations; his book is not only more accessible than Fodor's, it's also more current (to summer 1992), while the many color photos showing submersibles, odd life forms, and such intriguing phenomena as ``black smoker chimneys'' and ``sulfide knees'' make it especially attractive. The cutting edge of science for middle grade readers. Splendid! Index. (Nonfiction. 9-12) Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

Full-color action shots of whales cavorting enhance this introduction. Whale anatomy, whaling history, the current sport of whale watching, adopt-a-whale programs, and a typical class on a day aboard a commercial whale-watching boat are all briefly described. The children, sailing from Provincetown, spend most of their time screaming, laughing, and running from one side of the ship to the other; Waters admits that ``whale scientists are beginning to feel that watched whales are being disturbed by the boats that crowd their waters day after day.'' While his writing is trite, filled with ``oohing and aahing,'' the full-page photos and appealing topic will attract an audience. Includes addresses for adopt-a-whale programs, plus brief mention of west-coast and Canadian whale watching. Index. Nonfiction. 10-12)*justify no* Read full book review >