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 Ocean renegades! (Earth before us)
 Author: Howard, Abby

 Publisher:  Amulet Books (2018)

 Dewey: 560
 Classification: Nonfiction
 Physical Description: 119 p., col. ill., 23 cm

 BTSB No: 466319 ISBN: 9781419731365
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 Prehistoric animals
 Marine animals
 Time travel -- Fiction

Price: $20.06

Determined to show Ronnie just how interesting prehistoric life was BEFORE the age of the dinosaurs, Miss Lernin takes her back in time to the six parts of the Paleozoic era to study the earliest lifeforms on Earth, starting with the rise of the vertebrates. In graphic novel format.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 5.70
   Points: 2.0   Quiz: 197023
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: 3-5
   Reading Level: 6.20
   Points: 5.0   Quiz: 74980

Common Core Standards 
   Grade 5 → Reading → RI Informational Text
   Grade 5 → Reading → RI Informational Text → 5.RI Key Ideas & Details
   Grade 5 → Reading → RI Informational Text → 5.RI Craft & Structure

   School Library Journal (11/01/18)
   Booklist (05/15/18)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 05/15/2018 Miss Lernin and Ronnie explored the Mezosoic era in the first entry in Howard’s Earth Before Us series. In this installment, a visit to the aquarium inspires a trip to the Paleozoic era to see some pioneering aquatic life. At first, Ronnie’s not impressed by tiny mollusks and chordates, but under Miss Lernin’s enthusiastic tutelage, she starts to see how fascinating those creatures are. This is a comprehensive, accessible intro to the foundations of evolutionary biology, and Howard’s detailed, approachable illustrations of prehistoric creatures, almost all of which are labelled, are impressively, scientifically rendered. There are lots of jokes, too, especially from goggle-eyed Ronnie and Miss Lernin, whose comical commentary is perfectly matched by their outsize facial expressions and reactions. As they travel through prehistoric time, their explorations take them from the ocean to the land, which is a perfect opportunity to witness the mechanics and evidence of evolution. Stylish, informative, and funny, this inviting work of graphic nonfiction is ideal for visual learners as well as those who can’t get enough of prehistoric creatures. - Copyright 2018 Booklist.

School Library Journal - 11/01/2018 Gr 4–6—Everybody loves dinosaurs, but what came before them? Howard's second book in the series transports readers back 505 million years to the Paleozoic era, stopping for a close look at each of its six periods, from Cambrian to Permian. Detailed illustrations of the microscopic flora and fauna of ancient sea floors allow for careful examination of the strange and wondrous creatures along the long chain of evolution. Young fans of informational books will appreciate the many facts, pronunciation keys, and diagrams that fill Howard's accessible narrative, as we follow the protagonist Ronnie and her teacher and caretaker, Miss Lernin, on their adventure. Graphic novel–style panels support the conversational dialogue between Ronnie and Miss Lernin, and caption boxes explain various elements of natural science covered in their exploration. A fun sorting activity concludes the narrative. VERDICT A must for avid dinosaur fans and budding natural scientists.–Lettycia Terrones, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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