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Children's Nonfiction Endangered

Gone is Gone

Wildlife Under Threat

by (author) Isabelle Groc

foreword by Jane Goodall

Orca Book Publishers
Initial publish date
Sep 2019
Endangered, Environmental Science & Ecosystems, Environmental Conservation & Protection
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
  • Reading age: 9 to 12


Gone is Gone looks at why species become endangered, how scientists are learning about endangered wildlife, what people are doing to conserve species and ways young people can help.
The book is richly illustrated with unique photos that Isabelle has taken over many years of observing endangered species in the field alongside the people who work to conserve them. Throughout, the author shares enchanting encounters and personal field stories: watching narwhals socialize in the Canadian Arctic, getting close to a Laysan albatross raising chicks on a remote Hawaiian island, spotting a rhinoceros on safari and even swimming with sea lions in the Galápagos Islands.
Gone is Gone will inform, intrigue and inspire readers to take small steps toward big changes for endangered species around the world.

About the authors

Isabelle Groc is a writer, wildlife photographer and filmmaker who specializes in wildlife conservation, endangered species and the relationships between people and wildlife in a rapidly changing world. With degrees in journalism from Columbia University and urban planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, she brings a unique perspective to documenting the impacts of human activities on threatened species and habitats. Born in the South of France, with family roots in Spain, Isabelle now lives in Vancouver.


With the return of Sea Otters on the Pacific Coast, Isabelle has had the opportunity to witness an extraordinary ecological story unfold in her backyard of British Columbia for over ten years. She spent extended periods of time documenting sea otters and the coastal communities they influence.


Isabelle Groc's profile page

Primatologist and anthropologist Dame Jane Morris Goodall DBE is considered to be the world's foremost expert on chimpanzees. Goodall is best known for her sixty-year study of social and family interactions of wild chimpanzees since she first went to Gombe Stream National Park in Tanzania in 1960. She is the founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and the Roots & Shoots program, and she has worked extensively on conservation and animal welfare issues. She has served on the board of the Nonhuman Rights Project since its founding in 1996. In April 2002, she was named a UN Messenger of Peace. Goodall is an honorary member of the World Future Council. Goodall is the author of numerous books, including In the Shadow of Man and Reason for Hope.

Jane Goodall's profile page


  • Short-listed, Forest of Reading Yellow Cedar Award
  • Commended, Forest of Reading Light Reads Great Stories
  • Commended, CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens, starred selection

Editorial Reviews

“You don’t need to be a child to read this fascinating, informative and personal book about the unique and beautiful wild creatures with whom we share the earth. I, a child no longer, have read it twice, following Isabelle as she traveled far and wide and sharing her joy, her sadness and her growing fears about the survival of so many irreplaceable species and the decimation of their wild homes. I share her belief in the animal as an individual. Everyone should read this book. And I mean everyone. If you have never thought or cared about the survival of wildlife, large and small, I believe you will care after you read this book. I beg you to care—before it is really too late.”

Virginia McKenna, co-founder, Born Free Foundation

“In addition to the fabulous facts and writing are the colorful graphics…Text is conveyed in a manner that will not only inform, but excite and engage readers…This book is highly recommended as a must purchase for any middle school library.”

Must Read Literature: K thru YA

“The passion of this author for the subject emanates off every page… Recommended.”

School Library Connection

“Personal, beautifully designed to provide as much interest as possible, and hopeful to those willing to take a stand and make a difference in their own communities.”

Sal's Fiction Addiction

“Animals won’t survive unless people care. I wish this book was available when I started my career in wildlife conservation. It’s got all the information you need to understand the dangers animals face, and how people work to fix those problems so that wild animals can survive. Such people are called conservationists. After reading this excellent book that explains what animals need and what conservationists do, you just might decide to be a conservationist yourself. I hope so. Animals need you.”

Carl Safina, author of <i>Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel</i>

“A valuable introduction to the international study of endangered species.”

CM: Canadian Review of Materials

“Notable...a solid and appealing addition to endangered species literature.”


“[A] heartfelt testament to a lifetime of concern for the natural world.”

Kirkus Reviews

“Informational, but still entertaining…Brief yet encompassing passages offer an in-depth understanding of each endangered animal...A refreshing look at endangered species. Especially recommended for secondary environmental science classrooms.”

School Library Journal

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