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Children's Nonfiction Fishes


Swimming for Survival

by (author) Rowena Rae

Orca Book Publishers
Initial publish date
Mar 2022
Fishes, Environmental Conservation & Protection, Environmental Science & Ecosystems, Water (Oceans, Lakes, etc.)
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Mar 2022
    List Price
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Mar 2022
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 8
  • Reading age: 9 to 12


Salmon: Swimming for Survival introduces us to the dramatic life story of salmon.

These fish hatch in streams, swim extreme distances out to sea, and then migrate home to where they were born to produce the next generation. But today their habitats and very survival are threatened by human activity. This book looks at the unique biology of salmon, their importance to many Indigenous communities, their cultural and economic impact and the vital role they play in ecosystems. With profiles from scientists, educators, fishers and more, learn about the people who are working hard to change the uncertain future of salmon and improve the chance that these iconic fish can survive for generations to come.

The epub edition of this title is fully accessible.

About the author

Rowena Rae worked as a biologist specializing in aquatic ecosystems in Canada and New Zealand before becoming a freelance writer, editor and children’s author. She is the author of Rachel Carson and Ecology for Kids, as well as Chemical World and Upstream, Downstream in the Orca Footprints line. Rowena writes both fiction and nonfiction from her home in Victoria, British Columbia.


Rowena Rae's profile page


  • Nominated, Young Readers' Choice Book Awards of British Columbia (YRCABC) Red Cedar Book Awards
  • Commended, Children’s Book Council & National Science Teachers Association Outstanding Science Trade Books
  • Winner, The Nature Generation Green Earth Book Award
  • Commended, CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens, starred selection

Editorial Reviews

“The author of the text is an expert in the fields of biology and ecosystems, and every page is infused with her expertise...Bold colorful print make the book reader friendly and an excellent addition to any middle school library.”

Children's Literature

“A wealth of good, up-to-date information...This comprehensive book has a great deal to offer to help everyone understand the critical nature of salmon conservation. Highly Recommended.”

CM: Canadian Review of Materials

“This informative book...takes a complex subject and breaks it down into parts that are easy to comprehend. Recommended.”

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