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SAVING THE GHOST OF THE MOUNTAIN by Sy Montgomery

SAVING THE GHOST OF THE MOUNTAIN

An Expedition Among Snow Leopards in Mongolia

By Sy Montgomery (Author) , Nic Bishop (Photographer)

Age Range: 10 - 14

Pub Date: Sept. 7th, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-618-91645-0

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. This latest in the superlative Scientists in the Field series focuses on wildlife biologist Tom McCarthy and his efforts to study and preserve the snow leopard. The author and photographer accompanied him on an expedition to Mongolia, and they put themselves right into the narrative, introducing the other members of the group and describing their relationships with local herders, the exhausting hikes, the excitement of scat discoveries (“As if he’s savoring some special cheese or fine wine, Tom picks up the poop and sniffs it”) and the progress made in conservation efforts. The lively narrative is interspersed with accounts of leopard encounters from McCarthy’s previous expeditions as well as supplemental facts about Mongolia and its people. The ample backmatter includes a Mongolian phrase glossary, information on the Snow Leopard Trust, McCarthy’s advice to budding scientists, author’s and photographer’s notes and an index. A bibliography of sources used is available online. (Nonfiction. 10-14)