Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 9 to 12
- Grade: 4 to 7
- Reading age: 9 to 12
About the author
Caitlyn Vernon grew up on British Columbia's Pacific Coast and now calls Victoria home. She will never be too big to wade in the ocean in her gumboots, poke around in tide pools, explore coastal forests or climb trees and mountains. Caitlyn has a background in biology and environmental studies and is currently a campaigner with Sierra Club BC, working to protect the Great Bear Rainforest. Nowhere Else on Earth is her first book.
- Long-listed, Vancouver Children’s Literature Roundtable Information Book Award
- Short-listed, Rocky Mountain Book Award (RMBA)
- Winner, Bolen Books Children’s Book Prize
- Commended, The Nature Generation Green Earth Book Award - Honor Book
- Commended, CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens
- Short-listed, BC and Yukon Book Prizes - Sheila A. Egoff Children's Literature Prize
- Winner, The Fitzhenry Family Foundation Lane Anderson Award
"While the author comes down firmly on the side of conservation, she presents a balanced and sensitive view of what has driven, and what still drives, people to not conserve...The short chapters, lavishly illustrated with photographs, are divided into easy-to-read segments. This is a very readable and accessible book that will appeal to all ages...This is an inspiring book that anyone interested in conserving our planet should read. Vernon's motivating vision for the future reinforces just how connected we all are-not just to this rainforest but to everywhere on Earth."
"A unique and valuable contribution to juvenile literature...It will also be welcomed by advocacy organizations, government agencies, and academic institutions...Vernon has portrayed [the Great Bear Rainforest's] majesty, beauty and significance...[and] provide[s] a clear understanding of the connections between the choices people make and the environment upon which they depend for life."
"Jam-packed with history, biology, geography, ecology, environmental studies, personal anecdotes, gorgeous pictures, and activities, the book looks like, and indeed could be, a superior textbook. With a personable approach, Vernon guides readers through the rainforest, exploring the ecosystems in detail...This comprehensive collection is cohesive, accessible, and easy to read. Chapters contain small sections with sidebars and commentary boxes that are informative, engaging, and most importantly, serve not only to educate, but also to invite readers to become involved in environmental initiatives...Well deserving of a place in the classroom as well as the home, this book is a realistic, reassuring, and empowering call to action for future generations."
Quill & Quire
"Through facts, storytelling, and pictures, this comprehensive book carefully details the complex issues of conservation and preservation. Vernon's gentle, knowledgeable voice calls the reader to action without causing alarm or assigning blame to the perils facing one of the world's most rare and pristine environments, the Great Bear Rainforest...Vernon covers all aspects, including historical and scientific in her well-researched analysis of this unique forest ecosystem."
"A passionate plea to cut back, reuse and become involved in collective action."
"Filled with facts, the voices of other children, great photographs and thoughts on action and ecology, Nowhere Else on Earth is a 21st century look at the beauties of the region as well as the dangers it faces from a world gone mad...The first small thing might be making certain this book gets into the hands of the children who will manifest that change."
January Magazine, Best Books of 2011
"Sigh. If only textbooks were this cool, I think our offspring might all mobilize faster than we can say 'veggie oil school buses'...Nowhere Else on Earth is not just non-fiction; it's amazing and humble coffee table or bed-time reading for child and adult alike. Caitlyn Vernon has written a beautiful book full of great photos, bright illustrations, and textual insights into the ecological dream world that is the Great Bear Rainforest...Not only is it a fantastic journey into the interconnectedness of the British Columbian landscape (that of Turtle island), but it is in fact, fact: straight up, legitimate scientific, historical and cultural information, presented and explained without judgment and/or minimizing the impact or potential. Like the tree on the cover, this book should grow to be massive, and if permitted to do so, would inspire and provide for generations."
"[An] outstanding title...Vernon is smart, strong-willed, and a passionate optimist who firmly believes in the power of an individual, no matter their age, to make a profound change...[An] intelligent, engaging science book."
"The author's passion for her topic is clearly evident in the depth of research and detail presented here...Readers who finish Nowhere Else on Earth will be well informed and motivated to discuss and perhaps plan future actions of their own... A valuable book for the times, giving insight into past, present and possible futures for the Earth. Highly Recommended."