Reviews for Moonbird : A Year on the Wind With the Great Survivor B95

Booklist Reviews 2012 June #1
*Starred Review* Hoose, the author of The Race to Save the Lord God Bird (2004) and the heavily awarded Claudette Colvin: Twice toward Justice (2009), now turns his attention to another endangered bird, the rufa red knot. He focuses on one, B95 (dubbed Moonbird by researchers), which he calls "one of the world's premiere athletes," explaining that though "weighing a mere four ounces, he's flown more than 325,000 miles in his lifetime." Each year red knots like Moonbird fly from their winter home in Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, to their breeding grounds in the Canadian Arctic, a journey of 9,000 miles. B95, now 20 years old, has made this remarkable flight 18 or more times. In this beautifully written and meticulously researched book, Hoose provides a complete account of the red knots' physiology, their flight patterns, feeding habits, habitats, and more. He also writes about those who study the birds and struggle to preserve the endangered species, which has dwindled in numbers from some 150,000 to less than 25,000. In addition to his attention to the birds, Hoose profiles those who study them and also provides a generous number of photographs, maps, and sidebar features that dole out background and ancillary material. His appendix includes elaborate source notes and an extensive bibliography. Sure to be one of the most well-received information books of the year, and deservedly so. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Hoose's stature as a preeminent nonfiction author combined with the high-interest animal hook will generate hearty attention and enthusiasm for this one. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2013 Spring
Flying nearly from pole to pole twice a year, one robin-sized red knot known as "Moonbird" has flown some 325,000 miles over a twenty-year lifespan. In lucid, graceful prose, Hoose details the birds' characteristics, profiles scientists and activist kids, and takes a sobering look at longterm prospects for survival. Glorious full-page and smaller photographs alternate with helpful maps in an informative progression of images. Bib., ind.

Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2012 #4
He's called "Moonbird" because, over a lifespan of twenty years, he's flown some 325,000 miles, the distance to the moon and almost halfway back. This robin-sized red knot (subspecies rufa), a shorebird, is in southern Argentina from October to February and in the Arctic, breeding, for a few summer weeks; between times, his great migrating flock is like a "constantly shifting organism -- now a ball, now a rippling blanket" as the birds fly nearly from pole to pole twice a year. Stops are few but strategic; after thousands of miles it's essential to bulk up with what's available at the same few sites each year: mosquito larvae, mussels, horseshoe crab eggs. Thanks to banding and photography by scientists, who call him B95, sightings are documented since 1995 (when adult plumage indicated B95's age to be at least three years). Even for his species, B95 is extraordinary -- "one of the world's premier athletes" -- but Hoose's fascinating account concerns much more than this one bird. In lucid, graceful prose, Hoose details the red knots' characteristics and strategies, sampling far-flung challenges to their survival (e.g., fishermen harvesting horseshoe crabs in crucial stopover Delaware Bay). He describes research methods (cannon nets, banding), profiles scientists in international cooperation as well as activist kids, and takes a sobering look at longterm prospects for survival not just of the rufa but of most species on earth. Glorious full-page color photographs alternate with excellent smaller photos (including one of B95 taken on November 25, 2011) and many good, helpful maps in a highly informative progression of images. Exemplary source notes, including many interviews, plus acknowledgments and picture credits; a bibliography; and an index. joanna rudge long

Kirkus Reviews 2012 May #2
As he did in The Race to Save the Lord God Bird (2004), Hoose explores the tragedy of extinction through a single bird species, but there is hope for survival in this story, and that hope is pinned on understanding the remarkable longevity of a single bird. B95 is a 4-ounce, robin-sized shorebird, a red knot of the subspecies rufa. Each February he joins a flock that lifts off from Tierra del Fuego and heads for breeding grounds in the Canadian Arctic, 9,000 miles away. Late in the summer, he begins the return journey. Scientists call him Moonbird because, in the course of his astoundingly long lifetime of nearly 20 years, he has flown the distance to the moon and halfway back. B95 can fly for days without eating or sleeping but eventually must land to refuel and rest. Recent changes, however, at refueling stations along his migratory circuit, most caused by human activity, have reduced the available food. Since 1995, when B95 was captured and banded, the rufa population has collapsed by nearly 80 percent. Scientists want to know why this one bird survives year after year when so many others do not. In a compelling, vividly detailed narrative, Hoose takes readers around the hemisphere, showing them the obstacles rufa red knots face, introducing a global team of scientists and conservationists, and offering insights about what can be done to save them before it's too late. Meticulously researched and told with inspiring prose and stirring images, this is a gripping, triumphant story of science and survival. (photographs, source notes, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 10 & up) Copyright Kirkus 2012 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

Library Journal Reviews Newsletter
Before devouring Phillip Hoose's The Race To Save the Lord God Bird in 2004, this reader had no idea how compelling a book about a bird could be. In Race To Save, the author described the tragedy of a species' extinction. In this year's Moonbird, Hoose again tells a riveting story of avian survival, this time through the lens of a single bird, tagged B95, who has flown enough miles in its 20 year lifetime to have gone to the moon, and halfway back. B95 is a rufa, a shorebird, who migrates from South America to the Canadian Arctic. His survival is all the more amazing because during his lifetime, his species' numbers have been reduced by 80 percent owing to human activity. A beautiful and engaging story of a bird that is so much more than meets the eye. (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Publishers Weekly Reviews 2012 May #2

National Book Award-winner Hoose (Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice) introduces readers to the small rufa red knot shorebird known as B95, which makes an 18,000-mile migratory circuit from the bottom of the world to the top and back again each year. "Something about this bird was exceptional; he seemed to possess some extraordinary combination of physical toughness, navigational skill, judgment, and luck," writes Hoose. Eight chapters offer an extraordinarily detailed look at everything red knot, from a description of its migratory paths and the food found at each stopover to the physiology of its bill and factors that threaten the species with extinction. Profiles of bird scientists or activists conclude most chapters. The information-packed narrative jumps between past and present as it follows a postulated migration of B95, accompanied by numerous sidebars, diagrams, maps, and full-color photographs. Readers will appreciate Hoose's thorough approach in contextualizing this amazing, itinerant creature that was last spotted in 2011. Those motivated to action will find an appendix of ways to get involved. An index, extensive source notes, and bibliography are included. Ages 10-up. (July)

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School Library Journal Reviews 2012 October

Gr 6 Up--Moonbird is a nickname scientists have given to a small Eastern shorebird known for both his unusually long life and his enormously long annual migration. Hoose intertwines the story of this bird's remarkable survival with detailed accounts of the rufa red knot's physical changes through its yearlong cycle of migrating from the bottom of the world (usually Tierra del Fuego) to its Arctic breeding grounds and back again at summer's end-a round trip of some 18,000 miles. Moonbird, known usually by the identifying label "B95" on his orange leg band, was first banded in 1995, when it was thought that he was at least three years old, and Hoose notes sightings of him through early 2011 just as the book was reaching completion. At that point it was estimated that over 20 years' time, B95 had flown "more than 325,000 miles in his life-the distance to the moon and nearly halfway back." The feat is particularly celebrated among bird scientists because this species is rapidly declining as humans use and misuse its feeding grounds and food supply. The threatened state of the species and the personal work being done by scientists and conservationists are strong themes throughout the book. Hoose describes his own experiences participating in study trips and introduces children and teens engaged in study, conservation, and lobbying projects in Canada, the United States, and Argentina. This deeply researched, engaging account is a substantial and well-designed package of information illustrated with handsome color photographs, ample maps, appended descriptions of the conservation work, and thorough source notes.--Margaret Bush, Simmons College, Boston

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VOYA Reviews 2012 August
The rufa, one of six species of red knots, is a tiny shore bird that makes a great trek between Patagonia at the bottom of South America to the Arctic every year on its migratory path. Even though this "superbird" accomplishes this amazing task, covering approximately 18,000 miles each year, its population is struggling. The numbers of the rufa red knot have been drastically declining. More than 80% of the population has disappeared in recent years. Hoose researched the species and spent time with scientists who have studied these red knots, particularly one hardy specimen numbered B95, and shares their plight in Moonbird: A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95 Hoose's writing is beautiful and vivid, which is hard to come by in many nonfiction selections. Not only are the descriptions well written, but Hoose also tells the story of B95 in a personified way, following the awe-inspiring migration path, called the Great Circuit, that it makes each year. This makes readers root for the little bird and raises awareness of the difficulty that the entire subspecies is having. The final chapter and appendix include information about what readers can do to take action to support the red knots and help prevent extinction. Maps and photographs are plentiful, adding to the enjoyment. Boxes of additional information are found throughout, as well as profiles of the scientists that study these shore birds. Overall, Moonbird is a great nonfiction selection for those interested in shorebirds or ecology.--Dawn Talbott McCann, Michelle Roehm. Boys Who Rocked the World: Heroes from King Tut to Shaun White. Illus. by David Hahn. Aladdin, 2012. 256p. $16.99. ISBN 978-1-58270-362-6. Further Reading. End Notes. 4Q 4P M J What do King Tut, Bill Gates, and Shaun White have in common? They all made their mark on the world at an early age. Boys Who Rocked the World delves into the lives of forty-six young men who succeeded before the age of twenty. Each biography is told as an engaging story rather than a textbook entry. Intertwined with the real-life stories of these notable males are comments from teenage boys from all over the world expressing what they are going to do to rock the world. This book covers a wide variety of young men and time periods. It includes a table of contents, recommended resource lists, and endnotes This title is a perfect motivational tool for young men. It hits home about how you can do what you dream even at an early age if you work hard. The resource list allows interested students to further explore the lives of their favorite people from the book. Many of the movie titles cited for further information are rated PG-13, R, or MA.--Barbara Allen. Appendix. Photos. Maps. Further Reading. 4Q 3P J S A/YA Copyright 2011 Voya Reviews.