Books by Sy Montgomery

Sy Montgomery is an author, naturalist, newspaper columnist, documentary scriptwriter, and radio commentator who writes for children as well as adults. Among her award-winning books are The Snake Scientist and The Man-Eating Tigers of Sundarbans. She made


CHASING CHEETAHS by Sy Montgomery
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"Another winning combination of elegant design, thoughtful organization and fascinating information. (bibliography, resources, index) (Nonfiction. 10-15)"
A trusted pair of wildlife observers introduce Namibian cheetahs and a woman who has taken on the responsibility for saving them. Read full book review >
Released: July 23, 2013

"A splendid addition to an exemplary series. (bibliography, websites, index) (Nonfiction. 10-15)"
The writer-and-photographer team who introduced readers to flightless parrots, snow leopards, tree kangaroos and the Goliath bird-eating tarantula turn their attention to the elusive lowland tapir. Read full book review >
Released: April 3, 2012

"A well written, admiring and thought-provoking portrait. (foreword by Grandin, index, facts about autism and factory farming) (Nonfiction. 10-13)"
The biography of an exceptional woman who, remarkably, made use of her condition to discover her calling and changed her own and many animals' lives. Read full book review >
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2010

Under the careful supervision of forest rangers and volunteers on an island off the New Zealand coast, the nearly extinct, flightless Kakapo parrot is the object of an intensive rescue effort described by this experienced writer-photographer team. Read full book review >

ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 7, 2009

It's no easy feat to write a book about one of the most charismatic yet notoriously elusive creatures on the planet without a single sighting, but Montgomery pulls it off with style. Read full book review >

ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 2, 2006

The writer and photographer of this exemplary description of science field work accompanied researcher Lisa Dabek on an expedition high in New Guinea's mountains to study tree kangaroos and promote the conservation of this elusive and endangered species. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2006

"May well spark a stampede in porcine acquisitions, not as consumables, but as companions."
Naturalist Montgomery describes her version of pig heaven. Read full book review >
NATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2004

With characteristic verve, the author of The Tarantula Scientist(p. 182) reports on an expedition into Laos and Thailand, trailing an elusive new kind of bear—related to the indigenous Moon Bear, but with spectacular golden coloring. Read full book review >

THE TARANTULA SCIENTIST by Sy Montgomery
ANIMALS
Released: March 23, 2004

Sam Marshall loved animals, but disliked school—until a college research project on tarantulas made him realize that science is a process, not a set of answers. Read full book review >

NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Oct. 3, 2002

"A treat for fans of the crocodile-hunting, snow leopard-searching, wolves-and-men genre, and a solid addition to it."
Nature writer Montgomery (Encantado: Pink Dolphin of the Amazon, 2002, etc.) leads us on an evocative journey to difficult places, following the trail of a mystery creature. Read full book review >
ENCANTADO by Sy Montgomery
ANIMALS
Released: March 25, 2002

Once again recasting a recent book for adults, Montgomery (The Man-Eating Tigers of Sundarbans, 2001, etc.) invites younger readers along on a present-tense, second-person expedition to the Amazon, in search of the (as it turns out) elusive fresh-water dolphin. Read full book review >

THE MAN-EATING TIGERS OF SUNDARBANS by Sy Montgomery
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

The author of The Snake Scientist (not reviewed) takes the reader along on another adventure, this time to the Bay of Bengal, between India and Bangladesh to the Sundarbans Tiger Preserve in search of man-eating tigers. Read full book review >

JOURNEY OF THE PINK DOLPHINS by Sy Montgomery
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: March 1, 2000

Montgomery's (Spell of the Tiger, 1994) at times piquant voyage of wonder to commune with the pink dolphin of the Amazon is marred by writing so unfiltered and moony it makes your teeth ache.

It can turn into a person, some say of this impossibly pink freshwater dolphin, and seduce both men and women.  It lures children from parents and adults from their senses.  It surely has Montgomery in its secret grasp - the stories that surround the dolphin have her positively gaga - as does its habitat:  "Like the dolphins, the Amazon remains a great mystery, from which we seek to satisfy dizzying desires, to extract livelihoods and longings, and onto which we project our deepest fears, our darkest appetites."  So it goes, and on and on.  There is enough of the naturalist in Montgomery to remember that the dolphin, a rather glorious beast straight out of the Miocene, lives in the river as well as the spirit world, and she economically unspools the little that is known about the dolphin, though mostly question marks predominate.  The are electrifying, if fleeting encounters:  with a baby dolphin turning its pink belly to the surface, or a pair of dolphins swimming by while (for all intents and purposes) holding hands.

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SPELL OF THE TIGER by Sy Montgomery
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Feb. 23, 1995

From the vast mangrove swamp of Sundarbans on the Bay of Bengal, a tantalizing glimpse of the shifting boundary between nature and myth. Hidden among the labyrinthine channels and dense jungle foliage of Sundarbans lives a unique population of tigers. Read full book review >