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Children's LiteratureIn her usual fine narrative style, Cerullo traces the activities of two divers who have come to Sipadan Island a hundred miles off the coast of Borneo to investigate and set up protection for two sea turtle species. It is here that they have nested for thousands of years but now are likely to be disrupted by the arrival of many divers and fishermen. Chapters then cover seven or eight (scientists disagree) turtle types and talents, how scientists study them, their perilous time on land, and their iffy future. Interesting sidebars, including one about a turtle hospital, engage the reader as does an ending page, "What can one person do?" A bibliography, short index, and glossary are included. The book is a good research tool, encompassing, as it does, the passion scientists feel in preserving the species along a good description and overview of its present status. 2003, Dutton, Ages 9 to 14.
— Susan Hepler, Ph.D.