Kakapo Rescue: Saving the World’s Strangest Parrot

Text by Sy Montgomery Photographs by Nic Bishop

Houghton Mifflin ISBN 978-0-618-49417-0

“Sy Montgomery and Nic Bishop, whose highly lauded titles include two Sibert Honor Books, offer yet another winning entry in the Scientists in the Field series." Booklist, Starred Review


“Under the careful supervision of forest rangers and volunteers on an island off the New Zealand coast, the nearly extinct, flightless Kakapo parrot is the object of an intensive rescue effort described by this experienced writer-photographer team.”  Kirkus, Starred Review


“Excellent photos and a readable, conversational text provide an intimate look at a concerted effort to save a drastically endangered species unfamiliar to most of the world outside Down Under.”  School Library Journal ,Starred Review


“Montgomery's in-depth descriptions and Bishop's glorious photographs cover all aspects of the conservation effort, from the detailed and sometimes strenuous tasks that the truly dedicated volunteers and officers carefully execute to the rustic accommodations in the communal living quarters that house the team.”  Horn Book, Starred Review


“Montgomery and Bishop, off on one of their usual exotic adventures, join the team on remote Codfish Island, where they follow Lisa, a kakapo mother, and her newborn chick.”  The Bulletin of The Center for Children's Books, Starred Review

Awards & Honors


2011  American Library Association Sibert Medal for most Distinguished Informational Book


2011  Finalist American Association for the Advancement of Science/Subaru Science Books Prize


2011  National Science Teachers Association Outstanding Science Trade Book for Students


2010  BCCB Blue Ribbon Book


2010  Horn Fanfare Book


2010  Kirkus Best Books


2010  Booklist Top Ten Sci-Tech Books for Youth


2010  Junior Library Guild Selection



Text and Images - Copyright Nic Bishop