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    Sea Otter Heroes
    The Predators That Saved an Ecosystem
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    Also available in: E-Book
    ©2017
    ISBN-13: 978-1-5124-2631-1
    AR Quiz #: 187289
    AR Points: 1.00
    ATOS Level: 6.90
    Guided Reading: Y
    Lexile Level: 1060
    SRC Reading Level: 8.5
    Pages: 56
    Trim Size: 10 5/8 x 8 7/8
    Dewey: 599.769/5
    Reading Grade Level: 5
    Interest Grade Level: 4-8
    Ages: 9-14
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    DESCRIPTION Patricia Newman
    In Elkhorn Slough, an inlet on the California coast, seagrass grows healthy and strong in the shallow water. This healthy seagrass baffled marine biologist Brent Hughes. The scientist expected this estuary to be overrun with algae, causing the seagrass to die. Why was the seagrass thriving?

    As Brent investigated, signs pointed to an unexpected player helping to keep the seagrass healthy: sea otters! What do these top predators have to do with an aquatic grass at the opposite end of the food chain? Brent's amazing discovery gave scientists insight into the delicate balance of ecosystems. Follow science in action as Brent conducts the research that led to this major discovery.


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    About the Author
    Patricia Newman has a passion for uncovering fascinating aspects about our world and crafting books that lead children on an adventure of discovery. She gravitates toward stories about animals and conservation science and enjoys sharing her excitement with readers. Books include Junior Library Guild Selections Zoo Scientists to the Rescue and Sea Otter Heroes: The Predators That Saved an Ecosystem; Ebola: Fears and Facts, a Booklist Editor's Choice and an ACL Distinguished Book; Plastic, Ahoy! Investigating the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a Green Earth Book Award winner and finalist for the AAAS/Subaru Science Books and Film Award. She frequently speaks at schools, libraries, and conferences about writing and conservation. She lives in Northern California. Visit her at www.patriciamnewman.com.
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    "A thoughtfully organized and attractively presented example of science in the field."—starred, Kirkus Reviews
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    "Not just an exploration of one particular discovery in marine biology, this is a comprehensive explanation of the scientific process as well."—Booklist
    School Library Journal
    "The step-by-step process of ascertaining that the sea otter was responsible for the thriving ecosystem provides a strong example of the value and excitement of primary research. . . . A very informative selection for environmental studies."—School Library Journal