Sick!: The Twists and Turns Behind Animal Germs


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Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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6.06 X 9.13 X 0.79 inches | 1.2 pounds

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About the Author

Heather L. Montgomery has taught for over 20 years (both inside and outside the classroom) as well as directed a school-based environmental center. She has written curriculum; trained hundreds of teachers, naturalists, and librarians; and, helped thousands of children to make friends with the natural world. Each year, she works directly with over ten thousand children at festivals, school visits, and at environmental centers. During a typical presentation, petrified body parts and tree guts encourage scientific thinking and inspire reluctant readers. Her professional development programs for teachers have won awards and rave reviews. She lives in Ardmore, Alabama.

Lindsey Leigh is an illustrator and designer in Boston. She grew up near Washington, D.C., fascinated by the Smithsonian Museums and the Baltimore Aquarium. Her passion for communicating scientific ideas eventually led her to become a scientific illustrator. Her books include The Deep! Wild Life at the Ocean's Darkest Depths.


"Keeping her tone conversational, occasionally relying on anthropomorphizing, and framing her stories as mysteries, Montgomery makes even the most complex concept concrete and digestible--young readers won't just understand the microbiology at play; they'll enjoy the subject too. Illustrations throughout also enhance clarity as well as (especially in short comic panels) keeping the book fun. A pathologically good time." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Exhilarating case studies of science and of scientists in action . . . [and] a convincing argument for thinking about our relationship with our teeming microbial neighbors." --Booklist

"A well-stirred slurry of facts and fun for strong-stomached "poop sleuths."" --Kirkus Reviews, starred review, on WHO GIVES A POOP

"Equal parts informative and grotesquely fascinating." --School Library Journal, starred review, on WHO GIVES A POOP