Kirkus Star
THE KIRKUS STAR
Awarded to Books of Exceptional Merit




Series: Scientists in the Field


PARK SCIENTISTS by Mary Kay Carson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 13, 2014

"A welcome demonstration of the breadth of possibilities in scientific work. (Nonfiction. 10-15)"
In Yellowstone, Saguaro and Great Smoky Mountains national parks, scientists help manage natural resources while they study them. Read full book review >
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 >
THE DOLPHINS OF SHARK BAY by Pamela S. Turner
Released: Nov. 5, 2013

"An exemplary addition to an always thought-provoking series. (more about dolphins, latest news, index) (Nonfiction. 10-15)"
If dolphins learn how to use tools from their mothers, does that mean they have a culture? Read full book review >
THE TAPIR SCIENTIST by Sy Montgomery
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 >
ERUPTION! by Elizabeth Rusch
Released: June 18, 2013

"High-stakes science, portrayed in one of the scarier entries in this bar-setting series. (glossary, notes, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
Rusch (Mighty Mars Rovers, 2012) cranks up the pressure as she portrays scientists whose work requires getting entirely too close to active or soon-to-be-active volcanoes. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 26, 2013

"The lengthy text and difficult material will limit the audience for this, perhaps just to the science students offered directions for isolating strawberry DNA in one sidebar. (Nonfiction. 12-16) "
The Scientists in the Field series explores genetic engineering. Read full book review >
WILD HORSE SCIENTISTS by Kay Frydenborg
Released: Nov. 6, 2012

"A science title with wide potential appeal. (glossary, where to see, how to help, resources, index) (Nonfiction. 12 & up)"
Over years of observation and experimentation on Western ranges and an Atlantic barrier island, scientists have found and implemented a successful method to stabilize wild horse populations. Read full book review >
THE POLAR BEAR SCIENTISTS by Peter Lourie
Released: Jan. 10, 2012

"With more emphasis on the science work than the scientists, this entry in the usually excellent Scientists in the Field series disappoints. (glossary, suggested books and websites, sources, index). (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
For six weeks each summer, scientists in helicopters chase, dart, capture and tag polar bears on the southern Beaufort Sea near Barrow, Alaska, as part of a long-term study of their behavior. Read full book review >
THE MANATEE SCIENTISTS by Peter Lourie
ANIMALS
Released: April 11, 2011

"Overall, it lives up to the standards set by others in this stellar series. (maps, resources, glossary, author's note, index) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
This latest addition to an always-intriguing series describes the work of Fernando Rosas, John Reynolds and Lucy Keith studying manatees in different parts of the world. Read full book review >
THE BAT SCIENTISTS by Mary Kay Carson
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"Uhlman's photographs are clearly identified in context and the backmatter supports further research. (Learn more, glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 12 & up)"
The "ick" factor is high in this latest title in the Scientists in the Field series describing patient field work, rescue and conservation efforts to save bats. Read full book review >
PROJECT SEAHORSE by Pamela S. Turner
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2010

"This is another splendid demonstration of the work of Scientists in the Field. (glossary, acknowledgements, resources, how to help seahorses acrostic, index) (Nonfiction. 10 & up)"
With striking images of coral-reef inhabitants, this photo-essay introduces Project Seahorse, an international effort to protect and rehabilitate the Danajon Bank, a double reef off a Philippine Island where seahorses once flourished. Read full book review >