The Race to Save the Lord God Bird

Phillip Hoose

Melanie Kroupa Books

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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 cotton.

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"With power and humor, rage and sorrow, the narrative details the demise of the Lord God bird, braiding into its tale the stories of those who came into contact with it, from J.J. Audubon himself to James Tanner...Sidebars add engrossing details, and extensive back matter bespeaks exemplary nonfiction. But it's the author's passion that compels. Outstanding in every way." Starred, Kirkus Reviews

"In a thoroughly researched account based on interviews, primary materials, and published sources, Hoose tells how naturalists...raised, too late, awareness of the Ivory-bill's plight. Illustrated with archival photos and well provided with side bars, "important dates," maps, glossary, and index, this important summary of an environmental tragedy belongs in every library."
-- The Horn Book

"This meticulously researched labor of love uses drama, suspense, and mystery to tell the story of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker...Hoose skillfully introduces each individual involved through interesting, historically accurate scenes. The author's passion for his subject and high standards for excellence result in readable, compelling nonfiction."
-- Starred, School Library Journal

"The combination of the best of storytelling supported by extensive research...a must for any library serving youth or teachers." -- VOYA

"A compelling tale...readers will sense the urgency that remains, even if the Ivory-bill is gone." --Publishers Weekly

"Hoose is a gifted storyteller. An engrossing story." -- The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"Fascinating, engrossing." -- Book Links

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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.

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

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Melanie Kroupa Books
August 2004
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780374361730
ISBN10: 0374361738
Young Adult Nonfiction
8 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches, 208 pages, Includes black and white photographs, maps, archival images, a timeline, a glossary, sources, and an index
Age Range: 12 and up
Grade Range: 7 and up
$24.99

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Melanie Kroupa Books
August 2004
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781466811775
ISBN10: 1466811773
Young Adult Nonfiction208 pages, Photographs, maps, and archival images; Time line, glossary, sources, index
Age Range: 12 and up
Grade Range: 7 and up
$9.99
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