The Hyena Scientist

By: Sy Montgomery

Illustrator: Nic Bishop

Zoologist Kay Holecamp has made it her life's work to understand hyenas: fascinating, complex creatures that are playful, social, and highly intelligent—almost nothing like the mangy monsters of pop culture lore.

ISBN: 9780544635111

JLG Release: Jun 2018


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Awards & Honors

ALSC Notable Children's Books - 2019
CCBC Choices 2019 Choice: Science, Technology, and the Natural World
Booklist Editors’ Choice: Books for Youth - 2018
Kirkus Best Books, Middle-Grade - 2018
Nonfiction Detectives Best Nonfiction - 2018

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Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Booklist*, Kirkus Reviews*, Publishers Weekly, The Horn Book Magazine

Horn Book

In another strong contribution to the Scientists in the Field series, Montgomery (Amazon Adventure, rev. 5/17) focuses on the much-maligned hyena. Although often portrayed as creatures of horror and “conniving, cowardly” scavengers, this volume demonstrates that hyenas are in fact quite brave, social, and smart; they are also a keystone species In another strong contribution to the Scientists in the Field series, Montgomery (Amazon Adventure, rev. 5/17) focuses on the much-maligned hyena. Although often portrayed as creatures of horror and “conniving, cowardly” scavengers, this volume demonstrates that hyenas are in fact quite brave, social, and smart; they are also a keystone species in which females dominate. Montgomery and Bishop accompany zoologist Kay Holekamp and her team of research assistants studying the behaviors of large clans of spotted hyenas in the Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya, using careful and continuous observation to understand and document hyena interactions. Montgomery tells much of the story moment by moment, providing a deeply detailed account of life in the field, from data collection to living in tents to what happens when rain impedes research. Bishop’s outstanding photographs do much to elevate the reputation of hyenas, capturing pictures of adorable fuzzy babies and parents, as well as action shots of hyenas speeding into battle, their powerful bodies in motion. Interspersed sidebars provide inspiring profiles of the researchers and describe their paths to scientific careers. “Fast facts,” a bibliography, and an index are appended. -Danielle J. Ford, Horn Book

Book Details

ISBN

9780544635111

First Release

June 2018

Genre

Nonfic

Dewey Classification

599.74/3072

Trim Size

9" x 11"

Page Count

80

Accelerated Reader

Level 6.8; Points: 3;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 8.5; Points: 7;

Lexile

Level 1000L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

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No sensitive areas

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