Books by Patricia Newman

Released: Aug. 1, 2018

"Fascinating for earnest conservationists. (Nonfiction. 9-14)"
The chronological tale of the Elephant Listening Project, from precursory work in 1984 to its ongoing projects—all involving the sounds made by elephants. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 2017

"Three experts, three species, three zoos: these elements add up to a fascinating story of how specialists make a real difference in conservation today. (source notes, glossary, selected bibliography, more conservation stories, index) (Nonfiction. 9-14)"
Readers see the human side of animal science. Read full book review >
SEA OTTER HEROES by Patricia Newman
Released: April 1, 2017

"A thoughtfully organized and attractively presented example of science in the field. (source notes, glossary, bibliography, suggested resources, index). (Nonfiction. 11-16)"
A young scientist's doctoral research reveals a surprising relationship between sea grasses and sea otters in a California bay. Read full book review >
EBOLA by Patricia Newman
Released: Oct. 1, 2015

"A well-organized, informative overview. (diagrams, maps, photos, glossary, source notes, bibliography, further reading, index) (Nonfiction. 8-12) "
This brief overview of the history and nature of this deadly disease offers readers context for recent news headlines. Read full book review >
PLASTIC, AHOY! by Patricia Newman
Released: April 1, 2014

"A sobering introduction and solid demonstration of science research in action. (source notes, glossary, further reading, index) (Nonfiction. 10-15)"
Student researchers spend three weeks on a small ship investigating plastic residue and its effect on ocean water and marine life in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Read full book review >
JINGLE THE BRASS by Patricia Newman
Released: Sept. 10, 2004

Young trainiacs will definitely "jingle the brass" (as in: ring the bell) at this lingo-heavy trip into railroading's past. Gabbing away, a veteran engineer takes a lad in tow for a freight run aboard a steam-driven "hog," to watch the "ash-cat" shovel "black diamonds," roar past gandy-dancers repairing tracks, pull over to let a passenger train by—"Oooh-wee! Look at all that varnish speedin' by. If you were on the plush, you could sleep in the snoozer and put on the nosebag in the diner"—flash rods up hills and through a tunnel, then part company at journey's end for a deadhead run back. Chesworth sets the journey in pre-diesel years, when there were still cabooses for cowboys to ride in and railroad "bulls" lie in wait to eject hoboes. His watercolors are loosely drawn, but the details—with the help of a discreet label or two—are easy to make out. Oddly, there's no whistle-blowing on the way, but that's no reason not to step aboard. Newman defines all the argot so adroitly in context that the closing glossary is superfluous. (afterword) (Picture book. 6-8)Read full book review >