|Beetle busters : a rogue insect and the people who track it (Scientists in the field (Clarion/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt))|
Author: Burns, Loree Griffin
A fascinating photo essay about the tree-killing Asian long-horned beetle and a nationwide effort from bug scientists to tree doctors working to eradicate this incredibly invasive pest.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 7.30
Points: 2.0 Quiz: 169508
|Reading Counts Information:|
Interest Level: 6-8
Reading Level: 9.40
Points: 5.0 Quiz: 64667
Kirkus Reviews (+) (10/01/14)
School Library Journal (+) (01/01/15)
Booklist (+) (11/15/14)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/12/14)
The Hornbook (00/01/15)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 11/15/2014 *Starred Review* When Asian long-horned beetles (ALBs), tree-destroying insects native to China, were discovered in Worcester, Massachusetts, the reaction was swift. Officials dealt with the threat by removing potential host trees as well as those with signs of ALBs. This technique had been successful in previous infestations in urban areas. But Worcester borders a natural forest. As one of the project’s scientists pointed out, “What do we have to lose? . . . The entire northeastern hardwood forest.” This absorbing book opens with a boy, a member of his school’s biodiversity club, discovering that someone has cut down trees in a part of the woods that he knows well. Backing up to discuss the ALB, its effects on certain trees, and its incursions into North America, the text follows the efforts of scientists and residents to stop the beetles’ progress, while observing and learning about the insect. Crisp color photos show scenes as varied as the ALB life cycle, sawyers at work in a Worcester park, and volunteers replanting thousands of trees. Created for the Scientists in the Field series by the writer and the illustrator of The Hive Detectives (2010) and Citizen Scientists (2012), this fascinating, timely book might just change the way readers look at insects and trees for good. - Copyright 2014 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 01/01/2015 Gr 5–9—They arrived unseen, burrowed in wooden pallets, spools, and crates, aboard ships from China. The first group spotted in the United States, in Brooklyn, NY, was contained, and quickly taken care of, but since then infestations have been discovered from Massachusetts to Illinois, and as far north as Canada. They're Asian longhorned beetles, pests with "powerful jaws and a taste for wood" and the frightening potential to eat their way through North American forests. Griffin takes readers alongside a team of dedicated scientists and citizen volunteers working to eradicate this invasive species in a quarantined area in Worchester County, MA. Along the way, she explains how the creatures can go undetected for years (their life cycle begins inside trees, which keeps them heavily camouflaged) and offers information that early studies on the creature have yielded—not all of it hopeful. 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. Burns questions the approach of the scientists she followed and both admires and "trusts." But for her, the story is also personal. The author lives within the quarantined area in Massachusetts and has seen firsthand areas where swatches of infested (and other) trees have been cut down. Her questions about the method employed will leave readers asking some of their own—as they should. A timely, well-told story and a call to action.—Daryl Grabarek, School Library Journal - Copyright 2015 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.