Inside Your Insides

Claire Eamer
Marie-Ève Tremblay

“Wherever you go, tiny hitchhikers tag along for the ride,” this intriguing illustrated nonfiction book begins. “The hitchhikers are actually microbes --- tiny living things so small that you need a microscope to see them. And every person carries around trillions and trillions of these critters.” Six of the most common “critters” that live in and on our bodies are introduced here: bacteria, archaea, viruses, fungi, protists and mites. Each one has its own preferred environment, and readers will be startled (and likely a little grossed out!) by the many places they live, including the hair follicles on our faces, the folds of our tongues and the lengths of our guts. Just as surprising, only some of them are “bad guys” that cause disease, and many of them are actually “good guys” that keep us healthy. There's even research currently being done on ways to improve or fix our collection of microbes as a way to make us healthier.

Author Claire Eamer's clear, well-organized and accessible writing --- augmented throughout with fun facts and silly microbe jokes in sidebars --- keeps the book interesting and enjoyable. Marie-Ève Tremblay's bright and cheerfully funny illustrations bring the details to delightful life. With its cutting-edge information about a topic children will find fascinating, this book makes an excellent complement to a life science lesson on the human body. It would also work well for a class on healthy living. A table of contents, glossary and index are included.

978-1-77138-332-5 | Sep 6, 2016
List Price: USD $17.95, CAD $18.95
4-color 8 1/2 x 11 36 pages
Grades: 3 To 7 / Ages: 8 to 12

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Awards & Reviews

“Solid information presented in a sprightly manner that's sure to appeal.”
— Kirkus Reviews, June 2016
“Microbiology might seem like a complex subject to broach with middle-graders, but in her new book, Claire Eamer succeeds in explaining the basics in terms that kids will understand.”
— Quill & Quire, June 2016
“An excellent example of engaging science writing, this title would be a useful mentor text for young science writers and a fine addition to science programs dealing with the topic of the human body.”
— School Library Journal - starred review, July 2016
“The information presented is scientific, intensely personal, and fun to know.”
— School Library Connection, November 2016
“... children will pore over it with fascination, no doubt exclaiming, “Ooh, gross!” at frequent intervals!”
— Canadian Children's Book News, October 2016
“Microbiology is an unlikely topic for a younger reader, however, this book describes in detail, and with much humour, the many microbes that live in, on and around us every day.”
— Resource Links, October 2016
“... this book has an agenda that's easy to get behind.”
— Montreal Review of Books, November 2016
2018 - AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prizes for Excellence in Science Books - Middle Grade Category, AAAS and Subaru of America, Inc., Long-listed
2018 - Prairie Pasque Award, South Dakota Children's Book Awards, Short-listed
2017 - Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Winner
2016 - Youth Book Award, Canadian Science Writers' Association, Short-listed
2016 - Lane Anderson Award, Fitzhenry Family Foundation, Short-listed

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