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 Sixth extinction : an unnatural history
 Author: Kolbert, Elizabeth

 Publisher:  Godwin Books (2024)

 Dewey: 576.84
 Classification: Nonfiction
 Physical Description: 206 p., ill., 24 cm

 BTSB No: 528750 ISBN: 9781250793423
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 Mass extinctions
 Extinction (Biology)
 Environmental disasters

Price: $27.48

Over the last half-billion years, there have been five mass extinctions, when the diversity of life on earth suddenly and dramatically contracted. Scientists around the world are monitoring the sixth extinction, predicted to be the most devastating extinction event since the asteroid impact that wiped out the dinosaurs.

 Added Entry - Personal Name: Kleiner, John
 Illustrator: Roux, Jessica

   Kirkus Reviews (12/01/23)
   School Library Journal (+) (01/01/24)
   Booklist (+) (12/01/23)

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Booklist - 10/15/2023 *Starred Review* This young readers adaptation of Kolbert’s Pulitzer Prize–winning adult title describes each of the five mass extinctions that have occurred on Earth, placing each in its historical context. Currently, she posits, we are in the sixth extinction, caused not by glaciation, an asteroid, or volcanic eruption, but by humans. Kolbert illustrates how we are threatening biodiversity through accounts with experts from around the world working with near-extinct or threatened species (the Panamanian golden frog; the Sumatran rhino). She shares their findings: “Amphibians are the world’s most endangered class of animals; it’s been calculated that the group’s extinction rate could be as much as 45,000 times higher than the ordinary background rate.” Kolbert’s text, often wryly amusing, is enhanced by detailed, uncaptioned illustrations. Other times, her writing is beautifully expressive: “The stars were so bright they appeared to be straining out of the sky.” She says people think that to prevent the sixth extinction they need to care more and make sacrifices, but “It doesn’t much matter if people care or don’t care. What matters is that people change the world.” After reading her lively, entertaining, and very accessible book, young readers will be inspired to try. A glossary and index (not seen) conclude. - Copyright 2023 Booklist.

School Library Journal - 01/01/2024 Gr 3–7—"We are living through a revolution on every face of the Earth, which we created," states Pulitzer Prize winner Kolbert. This book discusses a final mass extinction that will trail five previous massive extinctions in the earth's history, the last being the dinosaurs. Humans are the only creatures to have altered the physical planet and continue to contribute to its species' downfall. People can view firsthand the effects of ocean acidification, invasive species, loss of species, higher levels of carbon dioxide, rising temperatures, and compromised accessible fresh water, signaling our end unless we take action. Highly expressive and vividly detailed writing conveys the tragedy that humanity is bringing on itself. Kolbert divides the work into the same 13 chapters as the adult version with little condensing; the text resonates with readers by focusing each chapter on a single species we have lost forever. The young reader's adaptation has black-and-white illustrations and a glossary to buffer a challenging text. While the book is eye-opening, the tone is not all negative, and Kolbert makes strong connections to history. Humans have "succeeded extravagantly at the expense of other species [like an] evolutionary arms race." Educators could use this work in literary nonfiction units analyzing Kolbert's metaphors and idioms, as well as units on natural history and current events. Even though this is a dense text, the subject matter alone should render it required curriculum. VERDICT Essential for science discussions on mass extinctions to challenge advanced middle grade readers.—Laura Dooley-Taylor - Copyright 2024 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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