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Congratulations to our partner Merrie-Ellen Wilcox on the launch of her new book, Nature Out of Balance: How Invasive Species Are Changing the Planet.
Merrie-Ellen’s third book, and her second in the Orca Footprints series, looks at how invasive species—humans included—affect life on this planet in problematic and, for some species, potentially beneficial ways.
A Junior Library Guild Gold Standard selection, the book is already earning high praise. “The balance of hope against the potentially stressful subject leaves readers informed and energized rather than defeated,” says Kirkus Reviews. “Handy and lucid, this slim volume makes an important topic digestible.”
“There’s always more to the story than we think,” Merrie-Ellen says on her author website. With this book, she once again displays her knack for exploring a tough topic with more nuance than is usually found in books for kids.