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About The Book

From the illustrator of Herstory (a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2018) comes a fascinating and touching book about fifty extraordinary animals that made human history!

Discover these amazing true tales of wild and wonderful lives—animal lives, that is!

We often read heroic stories of brave people who made their mark on history. But did you know there are some pretty courageous creatures in our world, too? This captivating collection gathers fifty heartwarming, surprising, and powerful true stories of animals around the world who displayed immense bravery, aided in groundbreaking discoveries, and showed true friendship.

Featuring a range of animals—from heroes to helpers, adventurers to achievers, and many more—young readers will discover some of the most unforgettable animals of all time. Compelling and gorgeously illustrated, WildLives is the perfect introduction to some of the amazing animals whose wild lives have made history.

About The Author

Ben Lerwill grew up in a small village in England, where he spent most of his time either outside, dreaming or reading—sometimes all at the same time. He works as a travel writer and children’s author, and when he’s not doodling in notebooks overseas he lives with his family in a (different) small village in England.

About The Illustrator

Sarah Walsh grew up in upstate New York. When she was young she was obsessed with animals. So much so that she wanted to be one, and wore different animal costumes all year round. She also knew in her heart that she would be an artist someday…if she worked hard enough! Sarah is now an internationally published illustrator and lives with her family in Kansas City.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers (February 4, 2020)
  • Length: 112 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781534454859
  • Grades: 3 and up
  • Ages: 8 - 99
  • Lexile ® 1020L The Lexile reading levels have been certified by the Lexile developer, MetaMetrics®

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Raves and Reviews

"Vibrant illustrations enhance the sense of personality, bringing these animals to life....A solid addition to nonfiction collections, perfect for fans of animal history and inspirational stories."

– Booklist Online, April 1, 2020

"An interesting collection of tales for readers who enjoy true stories about unusual animals."

– School Library Journal, January 31, 2020

Awards and Honors

  • Eureka! Excellence in Nonfiction Award Honor Title (CA)

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