The Hyena Scientist
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Timely and inspiring, The Hyena Scientist sets the record straight about one of history’s most hated and misunderstood mammals, while featuring the groundbreaking, pioneering research of a female scientist in a predominately male field in this offering by Sibert-winning duo Sy Montgomery and Nic Bishop.
As a scientist studying one of the only mammalian societies led entirely by females, zoologist Kay Holecamp has made it her life’s work to understand hyenas, the fascinating, complex creatures that are playful, social, and highly intelligent—almost nothing like the mangy monsters of pop culture lore.
This myth-busting new addition to the critically acclaimed Scientists in the Field series by Sibert medal winning team Sy Montgomery and Nic Bishop is perfect for nonfiction readers looking for more female scientist narratives, or a fresh perspective on an underrepresented animal—Hyenas!
HMH Books for Young Readers
10 - 12 years
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Additional Reader & Professional Reviews:
"An appealing, elegantly designed introduction to another much-maligned species."
"A fascinating, informative, and inclusive window into a feared and misunderstood species."
"Montgomery shamelessly sells the spotted hyena as delightful and misunderstood, so animal-loving readers will be pleased to take up its cause."
-- The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books*
"The narrative unfolds with all the intrigue of a detective story...Photo-filled and perceptive."
-- Publishers Weekly
"Another strong contribution to the Scientists in the Field series...a deeply detailed account of life in the field."
-- Horn Book Magazine
"Because Montgomery and Bishop traveled together to do the research for the book, there is a remarkably personal feel throughout as they become part of the team and participate in all aspects of the work, from spotting to packing up gear, and even cradling a sedated hyena’s head...A truly strong addition to the series and a worthwhile purchase for most libraries."
-- School Library Journal
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