YA Eco Mysteries, Memoirs, Novels & Travel
Through my Sizzling Six eco mystery series I hope to inspire young people to feel wonder and curiosity for the natural world, and then to learn how to take intelligent action to resolve environmental problems. Here is a selected list of books with an environmental theme that I have enjoyed and that I believe my young readers will also enjoy:
1) Carl Hiaason creates child-heroes as environmental activists in his trio of young-adult novels: Hoot, about endangered owls, Flush, on the illegal dumping of raw sewage into the ocean and Scat.
2) Will Hobbs writes outdoor stories that appeal to both boys and girls. Hobbs has readers discovering wild places, sharing adventures with people from varied backgrounds, and exploring how to make important choices in their own lives. http://www.willhobbsauthor.com/index.html
3) Gary Paulson's survival stories. http://www.randomhouse.com/features/garypaulsen/
4) Jean Craighead George still ranks with the best of eco mystery writers.
Jean Craighead George's Official Website
5) Ben M. Baglio. The Dolphin Diaries series.
6) Hannah West series by Linda Jones
7) Operation Redwood by S. Terrell French
8) Missing Manatee by Cynthia DeFelice
9) Bonnie Doerr
10) Claire Datnow. The Adventures of the Sizzling Six, eco mystery series.
Did you know that there is a National Outdoor Book Award—for adults and young people? To see a listing of 2011 winners visit:
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Boris and I are absolutely thrilled about an upcoming trip to shoot video footage of biologists reintroducing the endangered Lampmussel (Lampsilis virescens) into Bear Creek, a tributary of the Tennessee River, to save the species from extinction. We plan to use these videos in our Enhanced Print Book, The Adventures of The Sizzling Six: The Living Treasure, young adult eco mystery series. Over 1,000 cultured mussels, raised at the Alabama Aquatic Biodiversity Center, will be released on October 6, 2011 and we will be there to record it. “We’re excited to be part of saving what is truly one of the rarest species in the United States,” said Dr. Paul Johnson, Program Supervisor. Stay posted for more about our adventure and a sneak preview of the actual videos in about ten days!
If statistics are to be believed, Mobile phones are becoming so ubiquitous that only 9% of American teens would be willing to go without their cell phones for 24 hours and the average child spends an hour and a half texting each day. So can we boost teen reading with mobile devices? We certainly think they can!
We’ve harnessed the power of mobile devices to integrate our printed books with video clips to “magically” transport the readers from the words on the printed page to let readers see and hear what the characters in the story are seeing and hearing. HOW?? Just watch the two-minute video on HOME page.
And please help to distribute these books FREE to schools, libraries and organizations of your choice. In addition you will receive great rewards. HOW?
* Local and state organizations that offer entertaining and educational activities and field trips
* Books, fiction and non fiction, that educate and inspire kids to improve their natural environment
* Links that connect educators and young people to organizations promoting nature conservation