Saturday, March 28, 2015

This Librarian's Quick Picks: Beetle Busters

Beetle Busters by Loree Griffin Burns book coverBeetle Busters: A Rogue Insect and the People Who Track It
by Loree Griffin Burns
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (Oct. 7, 2014)
Narrative Nonfiction


Looks at the tree-killing Asian longhorned beetle and how the help of everyday people, their neighborhoods, teams of beetle-sniffing dogs, and effort from bug scientists to tree doctors are working to eradicate this invasive pest. 

Why You'll Love It:
  •  Burns really knows how to make nonfiction pop! Seriously, if nonfiction had been presented in this engaging manner when I was younger, I would've been reading it like crazy instead of not really discovering my love of nonfiction until college. 
  • She really helps readers connect science to everyday life. For example, Burns' writing is framed by the experience of a teen who saw his favorite forest area cut and has watched it regrow.
  •  Abundant, close-up, color photos of the insect (from egg to pupa to mature adult), damaged trees, onsite workers, and informative labeled diagrams and maps help tell this disquieting story.

Who Should Read It:

Great for grades 5-8...and here's the teacher guide.

What Else You Should Read:

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