Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 8 to 12
- Grade: 3 to 7
- Reading age: 8 to 12
As climate change is warming our planet, the ice in Earth's cryosphere is melting --- from glaciers to mountaintop patches to permafrost. An unexpected result of this melting has been the discovery of artifacts that were long preserved in the ice's depths. Tools, clothing and, perhaps most remarkable, human bodies have been revealed at the edges the retreating ice. Examining these discoveries, along with traces of plants and animals also melting out of the ice, is the work of researchers in a brand-new scientific field called glacial archaeology. This one-of-a-kind introduction to the work of these researchers examines some of the fascinating artifacts that have been uncovered and the insights they provide into how our ancestors lived. It also describes the urgency of this work; as soon as these clues to the past become exposed to the elements, they begin to disintegrate.
Award-winning author Claire Eamer keeps the interest level high with her intriguing stories, organized into thirteen chapters. The accessible text is complemented by loads of eye-catching visuals, such as photos of actual artifacts and mummified remains, along with Drew Shannon's full-color illustrations. The table of contents, timeline, references, glossary and index enhance the book's classroom utility. This timely book is an excellent choice for updated lessons on the impacts of changes in the environment. Information here covers subjects ranging from science and technology to environmental studies to history and geography.
About the authors
Claire Eamer was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. She worked as a radio copywriter, a reporter for newspapers and radio, a trade book editor and a university instructor. Currently, she spends much of her time writing fiction and non-fiction for children and young adults. After living in Whitehorse, Yukon, for many years, Claire now lives on Gabriola Island in British Columbia. She is fascinated by science and natural history, and by the habitats that surround her.
Drew Shannon is an illustrator who lives in Toronto. Drew earned a bachelor of arts at Sheridan College and has worked with many different clients, including CBC, VICE Media, UNICEF, The Washington Post and NPR. He is the illustrator of Extreme Battlefields: When War Meets the Forces of Nature and Out of the Ice: How Climate Change is Revealing the Past.
- Short-listed, Red Cedar Award, BC Young Reader's Choice Awards
- Short-listed, Information Book Award, Vancouver Children's Literature Roundtable
- Winner, Best Books for Kids and Teens, starred selection, Canadian Children's Book Centre
- Winner, OLA Best Bets, Ontario Library Association
... a readable and attractive book to wonder over ...—CM Magazine
... an interesting read for all ages.—Resource Links
... unique information about ancient times and our own histories.—Kirkus Reviews
A valuable resource in the study of climate change, environment, and history for students.—School Library Journal
Other titles by Claire Eamer
Extremely Gross Animals
Stinky, Slimy and Strange Animal Adaptations
What a Waste
Where Does Our Garbage Go?
L' aventure sous le trottoir
Underneath the Sidewalk
Inside Your Insides
A Guide to the Microbes That Call You Home
Before the World Was Ready
Stories of Daring Genius in Science
The World in Your Lunch Box
The Wacky History and Weird Science of Everyday Foods