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Children's Nonfiction Environmental Science & Ecosystems

Alien Invaders

Species That Threaten Our World

by (author) Jane Drake & Ann Love

illustrated by Mark Thurman

Initial publish date
Apr 2008
Environmental Science & Ecosystems, Biology, Environmental Conservation & Protection
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Apr 2008
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  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Aug 2013
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7


From killer toads, feral felines, and brown tree snakes to multiple invaders in Lake Victoria and the Great Lakes, Alien Invaders focuses on wave after wave of invaders that affect our ecosystems and the side-effects of climate change and modern global travel on our world today. Environmentalists and coauthors Jane Drake and Ann Love present the concepts of endangered species and biodiversity in this informative look at alien invaders and how they impact our world. From the days of sailing ships and shipboard rats to the fungus that sparked the Irish potato famine to the beautiful but deadly purple loosestrife strangling native wetlands, they examine extinctions and endangerments directly attributable to these alien invaders. Learn where the invaders originated, how they traveled, where they settled, what they displaced, why the invaded natural system was vulnerable, and what can be done. Kids can determine if they themselves are invaders or savers and how they can help.

This exploration of a timely topic, coupled with the lively detailed illustrations of Toronto artist Mark Thurman, inspire kids and adults alike to be more observant and protective of our natural world.

About the authors

Jane Drake, with her co-author and sister Ann Love, has co-authored many award-winning non fiction books for kids including The Kids Book of the Night Sky, The Kids Book of the Far North, The Kids Cottage Book, and most recently, Alien Invaders: Species that Threaten Our World. Their works usually have an environmental flavor. Jane lives in Toronto.

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Ann Love, with her co-author and sister Jane Drake, has co-authored many award-winning non fiction books for kids including The Kids Book of the Night Sky, The Kids Book of the Far North, The Kids Cottage Book, and most recently, Alien Invaders: Species that Threaten Our World. Their works always have an environmental flavor. Ann lives in the Toronto area.

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Mark Thurman is best known as a children's author/illustrator. He has written and illustrated 16 books and designed and illustrated more than 25 books for other authors. Mark has toured Canada extensively, sharing his stories and ideas in hundreds of schools. Mark, along with his co-author for Get Graphic, Emily Hearn, collaborated on "The Mighty Mites" comic strip series that appeared in Owl Magazine for more than a dozen years. Mark lives in Toronto.


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Editorial Reviews

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“This history of things sweet and sugary is a yummy feast. The prose is chatty and inviting. There are great explanations of such matters as the history of honey production and the chemistry of sugar. Sweet! is one tasty treat.” — School Library Journal

“… reading [this] book is a little like dipping into a grab bag from the candy store: the experience is fun, varied, and relatively cheap, considering the pleasure it gives.” — Quill & Quire starred review

Praise for Trash Action: A Fresh Look at Garbage:
“One of the very best things about this very good book is that it doesn’t preach; it will encourage and empower readers of all ages.…” — The Globe and Mail

“If you have a young eco-warrior living in your house — or you want to help create one — this is the book.” — Today’s Parent, Toronto

Librarian Reviews

Alien Invaders: Species That Threaten Our World

The dynamic duo of Jane Drake and Ann Love is back with an unusual new book. The aliens of the title are not from outer space, but rather are animals, plants and microbes that have traveled from their original homes to parts of the world where they don’t belong. In their new locations, they wreak havoc on native species and the environment around them. We read, of course, about the brown rat, that pesky critter that originated in northern China and has been a stowaway on ships since ancient times, spreading disease around the world. More recently, rats have killed off two kinds of seabirds on the Queen Charlotte Islands.

Since people started moving around the world with greater ease, so too have destructive species. There is a good section about invaders of the Great Lakes, including the zebra mussel and the lamprey eel. The authors explain why these predators are a problem for the environment and some of the measures that have been used to combat the invaders. Mark Thurman’s illustrations are subtle but very effective in adding to the overall tone of menace. His picture of the jawless, lipless lamprey eel is particularly icky. This book is an important addition to our discussion of environmental issues and should be a part of the science curriculum. Recommended for school and public libraries.

Source: The Canadian Children's Bookcentre. Spring 2008. Vol.31 No.2.

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