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FireBirds - Valuing Natural Wildfires and Burned Forests

Fire Birds
(A Junior Library Selection)

In Fire Birds – Valuing Natural Wildfires and Burned Forests, award-winning science author Sneed B. Collard III challenges society's negative views toward natural forest fires. By focusing on the research of biologist Richard Hutto, Collard reveals the complex relationships between fire and thriving plant and animal communities. The book especially focuses on the heavy use of burned forests by dozens of bird species – and debunks the idea that burned forests are worthless wastelands.

  • Eureka! Nonfiction Book Award from the California State Library Association
  • Green Prize for Sustainable Literature from the Santa Monica Public Library
  • Finalist for the High Plains Book Award
  • NSTA-CBC Outstanding Science Trade Books 2016
  • Starred Review – School Library Journal
  • Two Stars (highest rating) – Science Books & Films
  • "Striking and intriguing" – Publishers Weekly
  • "Highly recommended for public and school library children's shelves" – Children's Bookwatch
  • Finalist for 2015-16 Keystone to Reading Award

(For more reviews and accolades, click on Awards & Reviews)

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Fire Birds


(A Junior Library Selection)

In Hopping Ahead of Climate Change – Snowshoe Hares, Science, and Survival, acclaimed science author Sneed B. Collard III returns with a groundbreaking book that presents original, cutting-edge science to young people.

Following up his award-winning book Fire Birds – Valuing Natural Wildfires and Burned Forests, Collard turns his attention to our planet's greatest threat, climate change. Unlike most treatments of this topic, however, Collard personalizes the issue by focusing on a single appealing species, the snowshoe hare.

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nakes, Alligators, and Broken Hearts

Snakes, Alligators, and Broken Hearts recounts the author's adventures and experiences growing up as the son of a biologist during the 1960s and 70s. With humor and compassion, the author describes the innocence of his early childhood, the heartbreak of his parents' divorce, and his rocky journey through adolescence – all against the backdrop of animals, travel, and his poignant relationship with his father.

Along the way, readers will discover the experiences that shaped his interests and, eventually, molded him into the author of more than seventy books for young people.

Book #1 of the new
Slate Stephens Mysteries.
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Slate Stephens Mysteries - The Governor's Dog is Missing

"Short chapters, a good blend of action and introspection, and a hint of romance make this strong mystery a solid choice for boys and girls alike."

-Booklist, May 1st, 2011

Available Mountain Press

Hangman's Gold - Slate Stephens Mystery
   In this second Slate Stephens mystery, twelve year-old sleuths Slate Stephens and Daphne McSweeney head to the infamous Montana ghost town of Bannack. While their geologist dads prospect for a large gold mining company, Slate and Daphne encounter a pair of perplexing puzzles. Under an old classroom desk in Montana's first schoolhouse, the young detectives discover clues pointing to missing gold treasure amassed by Montana's vigilantes 150 years earlier.
   At the same time, a thief has absconded with two priceless Charles Russell paintings on loan to the university art museum in nearby Dillon. In this second Slate Stephens mystery, clues and curiosity lead our two heroes to begin solving both mysteries -- and dig up more dirt than they can handle.

"Slate Stephens and Daphne McSweeney are back for another hair-raising adventure... Children who like adventure, mystery, or the Old West will enjoy this book."

- School Library Journal