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The Race to Save the Lord God Bird

Phillip Hoose

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

The tragedy of extinction is explained through the dramatic story of a legendary bird, the Ivory-billed Woodpecker, and of those who tried to possess it, paint it, shoot it, sell it, and, in a last-ditch effort, save it. A powerful saga that sweeps through two hundred years of history, it introduces artists like John James Audubon, bird collectors like William Brewster, and finally a new breed of scientist in Cornell's Arthur A. "Doc" Allen and his young ornithology student, James Tanner, whose quest to save the Ivory-bill culminates in one of the first great conservation showdowns in U.S. history, an early round in what is now a worldwide effort to save species. As hope for the Ivory-bill fades in the United States, the bird is last spotted in Cuba in 1987, and Cuban scientists join in the race to save it.

All this, plus Mr. Hoose's wonderful story-telling skills, comes together to give us what David Allen Sibley, author of The Sibley Guide to Birds calls "the most thorough and readable account to date of the personalities, fashions, economics, and politics that combined to bring about the demise of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker."
 
The Race to Save the Lord God Bird is the winner of the 2005 Boston Globe - Horn Book Award for Nonfiction and the 2005 Bank Street - Flora Stieglitz Award.

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CHAPTER ONE

SPECIMEN 60803

 

Nature does nothing uselessly.

—Aristotle

Louisiana State University—February 2002

Dr. James Van Remsen pulls open a wooden drawer and hands me an Ivory-billed Woodpecker. It’s dead, of course, one of seven Ivory-bill specimens in a dark room of the Louisiana State University Museum of Natural Science. It feels light and stiff—more like an object than a creature that once lived and breathed. Its wings are folded tightly in on themselves like an umbrella. The hollow eyes have been stuffed with cotto

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Praise for The Race to Save the Lord God Bird

"What a wonderful book! How we got into a biodiversity crisis and how we might begin to get out of it, all captured in the suspenseful, many-threaded tale of the race to save the Ivory-billed Woodpecker. Hoose is especially adept at depicting the complicated human sides of this tragedy. Everyone interested in conservation and ecology will be enthralled and informed."

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Phillip Hoose

  • Phillip Hoose is an award-winning author of books, essays, stories, songs and articles.  Although he first wrote for adults, he turned his attention to children and young adults in part to keep up with his own daughters. His book Claudette Colvin won a National Book Award and was dubbed a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2009. He is also the author of Hey, Little Ant, co-authored by his daughter, Hannah, It’s Our World, Too!, and We Were There, Too!, a National Book Award finalist. He has received a Jane Addams Children’s Book Award, a Christopher Award, and a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, among numerous honors. He was born in South Bend, Indiana, and grew up in the towns of South Bend, Angola, and Speedway, Indiana.  He was educated at Indiana University and the Yale School of Forestry.  He lives in Portland, Maine.
  • Phillip Hoose Copyright Shashana Hoose
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The Race to Save the Lord God Bird

Phillip Hoose

Parents' Choice Award Winner, Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year, American Library Association Notable Children's Books, Kirkus Reviews Editor's Choice, National Science Teacher's Association-CBC, Outstanding Scie, American Library Association Best Books for Young Adults, Great Lakes Book Award - Winner, Bank Street / Flora Steiglitz Award, Washington Post Best Books of the Year, Orbis Pictus Honor Book, Miami Herald Best Books of the Year, Boston Globe - Horn Book Award, New Jersey Garden State Teen Book Award, Maine Lupine Award, Tennessee Intermediate Volunteer State Book Award Master Lis
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