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Scientists in the Field Series
Authors: Stephen Swinburne, Sy Montgomery, Nic Bishop, Donna M. Jackson, Kenneth Mallory, Mary Batten, Stephen Kramer, Ellen Jackson, Elinor Osborn, April Pulley Sayre, Pamela S. Turner, Sneed B. Collard III, Loree Griffin Burns, Mary Kay Carson, Fran Hodgkins, Peter Lourie, Caitlin O'Connell, Elizabeth Rusch, Kay Frydenborg, Bridget Heos, Stephen R. Swinburne, Dorothy Hinshaw Patent, Amy Cherrix, Kim Perez Valice
Photographers: Jim Brandenburg, Nic Bishop, Bob Rozinski, Wendy Shattil, A. Magdalena Hurtado, Kim Hill, Dennis Kunkel, Elinor Osborn, Susan C. Morse, Tom Uhlman, Andy Comins, Ellen Harasimowicz, Scott Tuason, Caitlin O'Connell, Timothy Rodwell, Keith Ellenbogen, William Munoz, Karin Anderson
Number of Books in Series: 57 so far
Age Group: 10 - 15 years

Reading Level: AR Levels 5.3-8.5
GLE 5.6-11.9
F&P/GRL U-X
DRA 40-70
Lexile® measure 830L-1270L

The work of scientists can often seem mysterious and intimidating to the nonscientist. No longer! Introducing an exciting perspective on the important work of scientists in all areas of research and study. Scientists in the Field show people immersed in the unpredictable and dynamic natural world, making science more accessible, relevant, and exciting to young readers. Far from the research laboratory, these books show first-hand adventures in the great outdoors - adventures with a purpose. From climbing into a snake den with thousands of slithering snakes to tracking wolves, readers experience the thrill of discovering the unknown.

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Scientists in the Field Book List:



This series can be read in any order.

Publication Order

Jump to Books: 11-20  21-30  31-40  41-50  51-57  

Book 1: Once A Wolf: How Wildlife Biologists Fought to Bring Back the Gray Wolf
Ages 10-15. March 26, 1999.
AR: 7.5 (1.0 Point, Quiz #31639);  GLE: 8.5
F&P/GRL: V;  DRA: 40
Lexile measure: 1050L

Book 2: The Snake Scientist
Ages 10-15. March 26, 1999.
AR: 6.4 (1.0 Point, Quiz #34744);  GLE: 6.7
F&P/GRL: V;  DRA: 40
Lexile measure: 930L

Book 3: Digging for Bird Dinosaurs: An Expedition to Madagascar
Ages 10-15. April 24, 2000.
AR: 6.9 (1.0 Point, Quiz #41509);  GLE: 7.3
F&P/GRL: V;  DRA: 70
Lexile measure: 1000L

Book 4: The Wildlife Detectives: How Forensic Scientists Fight Crimes Against Nature
Ages 10-15. April 24, 2000.
AR: 7.4 (1.0 Point, Quiz #41517);  GLE: 7.9
F&P/GRL: W;  DRA: 60
Lexile measure: 1120L

Book 5: Swimming with Hammerhead Sharks
Ages 10-15. March 26, 2001.
AR: 7.9 (1.0 Point, Quiz #51233);  GLE: 8.1
F&P/GRL: W
Lexile measure: 1270L

Book 6: Anthropologist: Scientist of the People
Ages 10-15. September 24, 2001.
AR: 7.0 (2.0 Points, Quiz #53620)
Lexile measure: 1040L

Book 7: Hidden Worlds: Looking Through a Scientist's Microscope
Ages 10-15. September 24, 2001.
AR: 7.0 (1.0 Point, Quiz #53629);  GLE: 6.5
F&P/GRL: W;  DRA: 50
Lexile measure: 1040L

Book 8: The Bug Scientists
Ages 10-15. March 26, 2002.
AR: 7.8 (1.0 Point, Quiz #58900);  GLE: 7.7
F&P/GRL: V
Lexile measure: 1200L

Book 9: Looking for Life in the Universe: The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence
Ages 10-15. September 30, 2002.
AR: 6.9 (1.0 Point, Quiz #66477)
F&P/GRL: W
Lexile measure: 1060L

Book 10: Project Ultraswan
Ages 10-15. September 30, 2002.
AR: 6.2 (1.0 Point, Quiz #63023);  GLE: 6.3
F&P/GRL: U;  DRA: 50
Lexile measure: 970L
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Book 11: Secrets of Sound: Studying the Calls of Whales, Elephants, and Birds
Ages 10-15. September 30, 2002.
AR: 7.4 (2.0 Points, Quiz #66479)
Lexile measure: 1060L

Book 12: The Woods Scientist
Ages 10-15. September 30, 2002.
AR: 7.0 (1.0 Point, Quiz #67762)
Lexile measure: 1110L

Book 13: The Tarantula Scientist
Ages 10-15. March 23, 2004.
AR: 5.8 (2.0 Points, Quiz #77552);  GLE: 5.6
F&P/GRL: W;  DRA: 60
Lexile measure: 890L

Book 14: Gorilla Doctors: Saving Endangered Great Apes
Ages 10-15. May 27, 2005.
AR: 6.2 (1.0 Point, Quiz #86192);  GLE: 5.9
F&P/GRL: W;  DRA: 60
Lexile measure: 910L

Book 15: The Prairie Builders: Reconstructing America's Lost Grasslands
Ages 10-15. May 30, 2005.
AR: 7.3 (1.0 Point, Quiz #86196);  GLE: 8.3
F&P/GRL: W;  DRA: 60
Lexile measure: 1090L

Book 16: Diving to a Deep-Sea Volcano
Ages 10-15. October 2, 2006.
AR: 8.5 (2.0 Points, Quiz #110719);  GLE: 8.9
Lexile measure: 1250L

Book 17: The Quest for the Tree Kangaroo: An Expedition to the Cloud Forest of New Guinea
Ages 10-15. October 30, 2006.
AR: 5.3 (2.0 Points, Quiz #109814);  GLE: 6.2
F&P/GRL: U;  DRA: 50
Lexile measure: 830L

Book 18: Tracking Trash: Flotsam, Jetsam, and the Science of Ocean Motion
Ages 10-15. March 26, 2007.
AR: 8.5 (2.0 Points, Quiz #113694);  GLE: 10.9
F&P/GRL: X;  DRA: 60
Lexile measure: 1200L

Book 19: Emi and the Rhino Scientist
Ages 10-15. October 22, 2007.
AR: 5.6 (2.0 Points, Quiz #118043)
F&P/GRL: W
Lexile measure: 910L

Book 20: The Whale Scientists: Solving the Mystery of Whale Strandings
Ages 10-15. November 12, 2007.
AR: 8.2 (2.0 Points, Quiz #118044)
Lexile measure: 1140L
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Book 21: Mysterious Universe: Supernovae, Dark Energy, and Black Holes
Ages 10-15. May 5, 2008.
AR: 7.5 (2.0 Points, Quiz #121990)
F&P/GRL: X

Book 22: Science Warriors: The Battle Against Invasive Species
Ages 10-15. October 27, 2008.
AR: 7.6 (2.0 Points, Quiz #125825)
Lexile measure: 1110L

Book 23: Extreme Scientists: Exploring Nature's Mysteries from Perilous Places
Ages 10-15. May 4, 2009.
AR: 7.6 (2.0 Points, Quiz #129823)
F&P/GRL: V
Lexile measure: NC1130L

Book 24: The Frog Scientist
Ages 10-15. July 1, 2009.
AR: 6.3 (1.0 Point, Quiz #131142)
F&P/GRL: W
Lexile measure: 950L

Book 25: Saving the Ghost of the Mountain: An Expedition Among Snow Leopards in Mongolia
Ages 10-15. August 17, 2009.
AR: 5.5 (3.0 Points, Quiz #131941)
Lexile measure: 840L

Book 26: Whaling Season: A Year in the Life of an Arctic Whale Scientist
Ages 10-15. November 23, 2009.
AR: 7.3 (2.0 Points, Quiz #133625)
F&P/GRL: W
Lexile measure: NC1150L

Book 27: The Hive Detectives: Chronicle of a Honey Bee Catastrophe
Ages 10-15. May 3, 2010.
AR: 7.5 (2.0 Points, Quiz #136418)
F&P/GRL: W
Lexile measure: NC1120L

Book 28: Kakapo Rescue: Saving the World's Strangest Parrot
Ages 10-15. May 24, 2010.
AR: 6.4 (3.0 Points, Quiz #136550);  GLE: 7.4
F&P/GRL: W;  DRA: 60
Lexile measure: 950L

Book 29: Project Seahorse
Ages 10-15. July 12, 2010.
AR: 6.6 (1.0 Point, Quiz #138021)
F&P/GRL: V
Lexile measure: 1010L

Book 30: The Bat Scientists
Ages 10-15. September 6, 2010.
AR: 6.2 (2.0 Points, Quiz #139122)
F&P/GRL: W
Lexile measure: 1010L
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Book 31: The Manatee Scientists: Saving Vulnerable Species
Ages 10-15. April 11, 2011.
AR: 8.4 (3.0 Points, Quiz #143207)
Lexile measure: NC1210L

Book 32: The Elephant Scientist
Ages 10-15. July 11, 2011.
AR: 8.4 (2.0 Points, Quiz #144396);  GLE: 11.9
Lexile measure: NC1260L

Book 33: The Polar Bear Scientists
Ages 10-15. January 10, 2012.
AR: 8.3 (4.0 Points, Quiz #148272)
Lexile measure: NC1260L

Book 34: The Mighty Mars Rovers: The Incredible Adventures of Spirit and Opportunity
Ages 10-15. June 19, 2012.
AR: 6.4 (3.0 Points, Quiz #151231)
Lexile measure: 950L

Book 35: Wild Horse Scientists
Ages 10-15. November 6, 2012.
AR: 8.4 (3.0 Points, Quiz #154663)
Lexile measure: 1210L

Book 36: Stronger Than Steel: Spider Silk DNA and the Quest for Better Bulletproof Vests, Sutures, and Parachute Rope
Ages 10-15. February 26, 2013.
AR: 6.2 (3.0 Points, Quiz #156751)
Lexile measure: 860L

Book 37: Eruption! Volcanoes and the Science of Saving Lives
Ages 10-15. June 18, 2013.
AR: 6.9 (3.0 Points, Quiz #158671)
Lexile measure: 1000L

Book 38: The Tapir Scientist: Saving South America's Largest Mammal
Ages 10-15. July 23, 2013.
AR: 6.4 (3.0 Points, Quiz #159530)
Lexile measure: 970L

Book 39: The Dolphins of Shark Bay
Ages 10-15. November 5, 2013.
AR: 6.2 (3.0 Points, Quiz #161223)
Lexile measure: 890L

Book 40: Sea Turtle Scientist
Ages 10-15. January 7, 2014.
AR: 7.1 (3.0 Points, Quiz #163459)
Lexile measure: NC1190L
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Book 41: Chasing Cheetahs: The Race to Save Africa's Fastest Cat
Ages 10-15. April 1, 2014.
AR: 6.5 (3.0 Points, Quiz #164498)
Lexile measure: 1000L

Book 42: Park Scientists: Gila Monsters, Geysers, and Grizzly Bears in America's Own Backyard
Ages 10-15. May 13, 2014.
AR: 7.0 (3.0 Points, Quiz #165203)
Lexile measure: 1040L

Book 43: Beetle Busters: A Rogue Insect and the People Who Track It
Ages 10-15. October 7, 2014.
AR: 7.3 (2.0 Points, Quiz #169508)
Lexile measure: NC1100L

Book 44: The Next Wave: The Quest to Harness the Power of the Oceans
Ages 10-15. October 7, 2014.
AR: 7.0 (3.0 Points, Quiz #169660)
Lexile measure: 1070L

Book 45: The Octopus Scientists: Exploring the Mind of a Mollusk
Ages 10-15. May 26, 2015.
Lexile measure: 1020L

Book 46: Call of the Osprey
Ages 10-15. June 2, 2015.
Lexile measure: NC1210L

Book 47: Inside Biosphere 2: Earth Science Under Glass
Ages 10-15. October 13, 2015.
Lexile measure: 1060L

Book 48: The Great White Shark Scientist
Ages 10-15. June 7, 2016.
Lexile measure: 1000L

Book 49: Crow Smarts: Inside the Brain of the World's Brightest Bird
Ages 10-15. August 2, 2016.
Lexile measure: 940L

Book 50: Mission to Pluto: The First Visit to an Ice Dwarf and the Kuiper Belt
Ages 10-15. January 10, 2017.
Lexile measure: 940L
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Book 51: Eye of the Storm: NASA, Drones, and the Race to Crack the Hurricane Code
Ages 10-15. April 25, 2017.

Book 52: Amazon Adventure: How Tiny Fish Are Saving the World's Largest Rainforest
Ages 10-15. July 4, 2017.
Lexile measure: 1050L

Book 53: Impact!: Asteroids and the Science of Saving the World
Ages 10-15. November 14, 2017.
Lexile measure: 1070L

Book 54: Life on Surtsey: Iceland's Upstart Island
Ages 10-15. November 14, 2017.
Lexile measure: 1090L

Book 55: The Hyena Scientist
Ages 10-15. May 15, 2018.
Lexile measure: 1000L

Book 56: The Orca Scientists
Ages 10-15. July 24, 2018.

Book 57: Backyard Bears: Conservation, Habitat Changes, and the Rise of Urban Wildlife
Ages 10-15. October 23, 2018.

Book Sets: Sets of Up to 57 Books


List of Awards:

National Science Teachers Association/Children's Book Council Outstanding Science Trade Book for Children
NSTA-CBC Outstanding Science Trade Book
New York Times Recommended Science Book
Children's Literature Choice Book
Junior Library Guild Selection
2012 Robert F. Sibert Honor Book


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