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Alien Invaders

Species That Threaten Our World

by Jane Drake & Ann Love, illustrated by Mark Thurman

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publisher: Tundra
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From killer toads, feral felines, and brown tree snakes to multiple invaders in the Great Lakes and Lake Victoria, Alien Invaders explores the impact on our ecosystems of the wave after wave of invaders and why they have become a worldwide concern. Environmentalists Jane Drake and Ann Love take us on a journey 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, while presenting the concepts of biodiversity and endangered species. Learn where the invaders originate, how they travel, what they displace, why the invaded natural system is vulnerable, and what can be done. Discover if you are an invader or a saver and how you can help.

About the Authors

Jane Drake

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Mark Thurman

MARK THURMAN is a writer and ilustrator living half the year in Toronto and the other half in Owen Sound, Ontario. He has written and illustrated over 25 books for children, including the series Douglas the Elephant.
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Ann Love

MARK THURMAN is a writer and ilustrator living half the year in Toronto and the other half in Owen Sound, Ontario. He has written and illustrated over 25 books for children, including the series Douglas the Elephant.
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Contributor Notes

Jane Drake and Ann Love are a sister-writing duo. Together they have published 33 non-fiction titles for junior/intermediate students. Their first book to hit the bestseller list was The Kids Cottage Book published in 1992. Since then they have written many bestsellers and award winners including Sweet! The Delicious Story of Candy, Alien Invaders: Species that Threaten Our World, and more recently, Talking Tales: the Incredible Connection Between People and Their Pets. Jane lives in Toronto and Ann lives near King, Ontario. The author lives in Toronto and King, Ontario, Canada.

Mark Thurman - artist, illustrator, author, and teacher - enjoys writing and illustrating picture books for children as well as conducting workshops for students and teachers. He was co-creator of the "Mighty Mites," a scientific cartoon in Owl magazine, and his playful illustrations grace the pages of Jane Drake and Ann Love's Snow Amazing: Cool Facts and Warm Tales and Trash Action: A Fresh Look at Garbage. Mark Thurman lives in Toronto.

Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
9 to 12
Grade:
4 to 7
Editorial Review

Praise for Alien Invaders

"In a clear, informal text, illustrated with handsome color paintings, this intriguing science book discusses particular plants, animals, bacteria, and viruses that humans have, deliberately or accidentally, introduced to a new habitat." - Booklist

"The large, vibrant, colourful illustrations by veteran Toronto artist Mark Thurman do an excellent job of bringing the text to life. As well, there's a superb map of Earth, annotated with descriptions of how species travel....excellent reading for any young person looking for a unique perspective on environmental disasters, and contains lots of new information." - Quill & Quire

"The concluding chapters give further perspective on the impact of these species and what people are doing and can do to control them. The background on each double-page chapter is a full-bleed color painting that includes an illustration of the invader....the material is accessible and will be useful for young researchers." - School Library Journal

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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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