Saving the Night

  • Pages:48
  • Publisher:Orca Book Publishers
  • Series: Orca Footprints
  • Themes:light pollution, conservation planning, ecosystem balance, diurnal, endangered species
  • Available:03/14/2023
  • Lexile:1090L
  • Fountas & Pinnell Text Level Gradient:X
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Light pollution threatens the survival of every living species on our planet, including people.

It started when Thomas Edison invented the first light bulb more than 150 years ago. Then, as electric light became more common, light pollution began to take over cities and towns. Today, in urban centers all over the world, the stars in the sky aren't visible. Millions of people have never seen the Milky Way. In Saving the Night, we discover how plants and animals have adapted over millions of years to survive and thrive in the dark, and how artificial light can upset the balance of entire ecosystems. But there are ways we can take back the night for animals, plants and us. It starts with the flick of a switch.

“Richly described and alluring…Aitken urges his readers to be unafraid of the dark and after reading this excellent book, tweens will want to venture forth into the night without a flashlight.”
– School Library Journal
“Both personal and poetic…A very comprehensive look at the role of light in the natural world and the effect of light pollution on all living organisms. This book deserves to be available and promoted in schools and libraries. Saving the night for all of us is worth it. Highly Recommended.”
– CM: Canadian Review of Materials
“[An] informative addition to the Footprints series…This organized, involving book will fill a gap in many library collections.”
– Booklist
“Flashes on a too often unconsidered sort of environmental pollution.”
– Kirkus Reviews
“Readers will be inspired to take notice and take actions…A wonderful new volume in the Footprints series.”
– Erica Sommer, Baker & Taylor

“Invites middle graders interested in learning more about how light pollution is a threat to every living thing on the planet.”

– Sal's Fiction Addiction

“This book gives us ways to love the night, and be part of the movement to keep darkness with us. The author shows how to be a part of a darker movement, for the betterment of all…A beautiful eye opener.”

– Children's Literature Comprehensive Database (CLCD)
Junior Library Guild (JLG) Gold Standard Selection   | 2023  |  Commended
CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens   | 2023  |  Commended
The Nature Generation Green Earth Book Award - Children’s Nonfiction   | 2024  |  Long-listed
Bank Street College of Education Children's Book Committee Best Children's Books of the Year   | 2024  |  Commended
Science Writers and Communicators of Canada (SWCC) Book Awards - Youth Category   | 2023  |  Long-listed

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