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Children's Nonfiction Environmental Conservation & Protection

Aliens Among Us

Invasive Animals and Plants in British Columbia

by (author) Alex Van Tol

illustrated by Mike Deas

Royal BC Museum
Initial publish date
Jul 2015
Environmental Conservation & Protection, Environmental Conservation & Protection, General
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Jul 2015
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 9 to 11
  • Grade: 4 to 6


What would you do if you came face to face with a large yellow waxwing, wild turkey or weather loach? Who would you call if common wall lizards or giant hogweed crept into your back yard?

Alex Van Tol can help. In Aliens Among Us, she identifies more than 50 species of alien animals and plants that have established themselves in British Columbia. With the help of colour photographs and Mike Deas's illuminating illustrations, Van Tol exposes the invaders, then explains how they got here and what they?re doing to the local environment.

A former middle school teacher, Alex Van Tol has written eight books for young readers. For Aliens Among Us, she has harvested the knowledge of museum biologists to alert the next generation of responsible environmentalists. Her list of invaders includes purple loosestrife and yellow perch, Norway rats and American bullfrogs, northern snakeheads and zebra mussels, to name just a few.

This readable and alarmingly informative book will help young people prepare for the invasion, and arm them with the tools to stop the spread of unwanted aliens in British Columbia.

About the authors

Alex Van Tol taught middle school for eight years, then made the switch to writing for a living. A writer of fiction and nonfiction for kids and teens, she has published over 10 books including Great Bear Rainforest: A Giant-Screen Adventure in the Land of the Spirit Bear with Ian McAllister and several titles in the Orca Currents, Soundings and Sports lines. Alex lives in Victoria, British Columbia, with her family.


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Mike Deas est auteur-illustrateur de bandes dessinées, telles que Tank and Fizz and The Case of the Tentacle Terror. Il signe aussi les illustrations de la série Graphic Guide Adventure. Sa passion pour l'illustration a été entretenue tout au long de son enfance à l'île Saltspring, en Colombie-Britannique où il habite encore aujourd'hui.


MIKE DEAS is an author/illustrator of graphic novels, most recently Tank and Fizz and the Case of the Tentacle Terror. He is the illustrator of the Graphic Guide Adventure series. His love for illustrative storytelling comes from an early love of reading and drawing while growing up on Saltspring Island, British Columbia. Visit him online at

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Editorial Reviews

"Whether you live in BC, or you are curious about the origins and spread of [invasive] species, keep this book around as a handy reference. Highly recommended." — Canadian Review of Materials

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