Saving the Ghost of the Mountain
by Sy Montgomery

Price at time of review: $18.00
74 pp.
Houghton Mifflin Company
New York, NY
ISBN: 9780618916450

Grade Level: 6-8

Reviewed by CBC Reviewer

Follow research biologist Tom McCarthy and his team on an expedition in the remote Altai Mountains of Mongolia as they track the elusive snow leopard. Readers learn about these beautiful cats as well as the Mongolian culture and how the people of the region are working to save the snow leopard. Snow leopards have never been common; today pressures from human civilization and climate change have further threatened them.

With Nic Bishop, a photographer who has often earned awards in children's trade literature, the author describes their adaptations and behaviors at a level that will appeal to middle and secondary students as well as adults. The book supports lessons in adaptations, zoology, habitats, as well as the methods of science. Notes from the author and photographer further enrich the text of this NSTA/CBC Outstanding Science Trade Book for 2010.

Review posted on 2/25/2010

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