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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (346 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Phillip Hoose Narrator: Phillip Hoose Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2013 ISBN: 9781469282084
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Meet rufa red knot B95. Scientists call him the Moonbird because, in the course of his astoundingly long lifetime, this robin-sized shorebird has ?own the distance to the moon—and halfway back! Each February he joins a ?ock that lifts off from Tierra del Fuego, headed for breeding grounds in the Canadian Arctic, nine thousand miles away. Late in the summer, he begins the return journey.

B95 can fly for days, but eventually he must descend to refuel and rest. However, recent changes at stopover sites along his migratory circuit—changes caused mostly by human activity—have reduced the food available and made it harder for the birds to reach. During B95’s lifetime, the worldwide rufa population has collapsed by nearly 80 percent. Still, the Moonbird wings on; he is now nearly twenty years old. Shaking their heads, scientists ask themselves: How can this one bird make it year after year when so many others fall?

National Book Award–winning author Phillip Hoose shows the obstacles rufa red knots face, introduces a worldwide team of scientists and conservationists trying to save them, and offers insights about what we can do to help shorebirds before it’s too late. With inspiring prose, thorough research, and stirring images, Hoose explores the tragedy of extinction through the triumph of a single bird.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Readers will appreciate Hoose’s thorough approach in contextualizing this amazing, itinerant creature that was last spotted in 2011.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “A deeply researched, engaging account.”

    School Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Meticulously researched and told with inspiring prose…this is a gripping, triumphant story of science and survival.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Hoose’s stature as a preeminent nonfiction author combined with the high-interest animal hook will generate hearty attention and enthusiasm for this one.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Beautiful and vivid.”

    VOYA

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Paul Lunger | 2/19/2014

    " Scheduled for release in July 2012, "Moonbird: A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95" is a book moreso for nature lovers & conservationists than anything else. In this book, Phillip Hoose discusses the migratory patterns of the red knot & in particular one of the oldest known birds of that species - one simply known as B95. In it he goes into basic detail of the patterns of these birds, the importance of keeping track of this one in particular & how we the reader can help protect this species that could end up on the endangered list someday. This early version for me is not all that impressive & I'm not that much of a fan of conservation stories, but think that the finalized version will definitely be something that if your kids are interested in birds & conservation that they can enjoy. For me, I'll pass. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patricia | 2/16/2014

    " This is a fantastic read- it's hard to believe it's not fiction! About an incredible species of shorebird called the Red Knot rufa that migrates over 16,000 miles in one year, from Patagonia in Argentina to the Arctic for nesting, & then back again to Argentina. This book follows one particular amazing red knot B95, who was first banded in 1995. A fast read & also a must-read if you have any interest in birds or environmental consrvation- how a few changes can affect a whole species of birds. Profound! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Allison | 1/29/2014

    " This was a little slow, but I really like the narrative style. It was conservationist heavy, but that is who Mr. Hoose is. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 stillme | 1/26/2014

    " ALA ALSC Notable 2013 "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sharon Amastae | 1/24/2014

    " This book has made me want to look for more nonfiction to read. I never expected to get so engrossed in the story of a small bird. The author organizes the material so that you pick up a lot of information while you are reading to find out how B-95 has managed to fly all those miles. The photographs and side bars provide extra information and break up the text without confusing the story. I especially liked the short biographies of people involved in the work with shorebirds, including the red knot. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diane | 1/15/2014

    " The author of Moonbird: A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95 did a phenomenal job writing this book. This book seemed to cover several things from different angles each helping create a masterpiece. I think this is a book for many ages in all walks of life. It made me want to meet the researchers, explore the lands and save a bird, I've never seen before. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caro | 1/14/2014

    " Narrative nonfiction at its best. Hoose is a wonderful writer, and his bibliography and links are terrific if you want to pursue more information. And as of May 2012, the amazing four-ounce red knot, aka B95, was still alive and migrating after almost twenty years! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Halley Todd | 12/16/2013

    " I have a really hard time reading nonfiction, but I enjoyed this novel thoroughly. The narrative of following one specific bird helped to read this like a fiction novel, and the use of pictures was also really engaging. It deserved all of the hype! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathy Willis | 10/31/2013

    " This book did not disappoint. I can't wait to share this with my budding middle school environmentalists. I had read Phillip's The Race to Save the Lord God Bird and this was even better! You can just feel the excitement when "moonbird" is spotted on his yearly migration still going after 19 years! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julia | 10/28/2013

    " An amazing account of how one species fits into the eco-system and world as a whole. The journey of the Rufa is fascinating and kids and adults alike will be enthralled. Hoose's writing is excellent and his sources are well defined. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emily | 10/14/2013

    " I'm going to agree with Donalyn, whose review claims, "Quite possibly one of the best children's nonfiction books I've ever read." I'd also recommend it to adults. Fascinating, encouraging, and inspiring. And I love books with a "What you can do" section, like this one has in the Appendix. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jacqueline | 9/24/2013

    " An amazing look at just how nature works and what young people can do about it. It's easy to understand why this book has been so honored. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark | 7/22/2013

    " better than expected. solid nonfiction for kids. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jewell | 6/11/2013

    " ok. I must admit I didn't really love this book. not because it wasn't well written because it was, I was just not into the subject matter. yes it is very cool that b95 has flown so far every year for the past 20 years but a few paragraghs was all I personally needed. a good book just not for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachelle | 6/4/2013

    " From the author of The Race To Save The Lord God Bird, a wonderful story that combines narrative with observation, information, scientist biographies, and scientific discovery. When the phrase "exemplary text" is used for nonfiction for children, this should be at the top of the list. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kalen | 4/24/2013

    " Very well-written, although not my favorite kind of reading. It would be excellent for students learning about food webs, ecosystems, migratory patterns, and conservation, however. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Edward Sullivan | 4/21/2013

    " See my forthcoming review in Kirkus. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leigh | 4/5/2013

    " Inspiring story of a tiny shorebird who repeatly migrates between Artic and extreme south America. A true story, this will appeal to kids who like to read about overcoming difficult odds, or kids who like books about animals and science. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jean L. | 2/23/2013

    " Wonderful and absorbing nonfiction aimed at juveniles. The story of an a truly amazing survivor that brings home the immediacy of man's impact on the environment and the reminder that speciies extinction is very real. "

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About the Author

Phillip Hoose is the widely-acclaimed author of the National Book Award winner Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice, which is also a Newbery Honor Book, a Robert F. Sibert Honor Book, a YALSA Finalist for Excellence in Young Adult Fiction, and an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, among other honors. His other books include The Race to Save the Lord God Bird, winner of the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, and We Were There, Too!, a National Book Award Finalist. He lives in Portland, Maine.