By now you’ve probably heard that bees are disappearing—but they aren’t the only species at risk. Populations of fireflies, butterflies, and ladybugs have all been declining in recent years, too. This middle grade nonfiction explains the growth, spread, and recent declines of each of these four types of insects. Exploring human causes, like the Baltimore electric company that collected fireflies to attempt to harness their phosphorescent lighting source, to natural occurrences, like the mysterious colony collapse disorder that plagues bee populations, master nonfiction storyteller Mark Kurlansky shows just how much bugs matter to our world.
Mark Kurlansky is the <i>New York Times </i>bestselling author of more than 30 books, including <i>A World Without Fish </i>for young readers and <i>Milk, Salt, </i>and <i>Cod </i>for adults. He has received the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, <i>Bon Appetit</i>’s Food Writer of the Year Award, the James Beard Award, and the Glenfiddich Award. He lives in New York City. www.markkurlansky.com