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category: Children's Nonfiction
published: Feb 2021
publisher: Orca Book Publishers

Nature Out of Balance

How Invasive Species Are Changing the Planet

by Merrie-Ellen Wilcox

tagged: environmental conservation & protection, flowers & plants, environmental science & ecosystems

Invasive species threaten local ecosystems and the planet’s biodiversity, but are they all as bad as we think they are?

Plants, animals, insects and fish are moving in. In Nature Out of Balance:How Invasive Species Are Changing the Planet author Merrie-Ellen Wilcox profiles all-star invasive species around the world, starting in her own neighbourhood, and warns that humans are the most invasive species of all. We find out how and why species become invasive, what we can do to stop their spread and whether it’s time to think differently about invasive species that are here to stay.

About the Author

Merrie-Ellen Wilcox is a writer and editor in Victoria, British Columbia. She is the author of What's the Buzz? and Nature Out of Balance in the Orca Footprints series. When she’s not at her desk or reading books, she’s usually working in her garden, watching bees and birds, and planting even more native plants. She studied ecological restoration at the University of Victoria.

Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
9 to 12
4 to 7
Reading age:
9 to 12
  • , Young Readers' Choice Book Awards of British Columbia (YRCABC) Red Cedar Book Awards
  • Commended, Evanston Public Library Blueberry Award - Changemakers
  • Commended, BC Books for BC Schools
  • Commended, Junior Library Guild (JLG) Gold Standard Selection
Editorial Reviews

“A high-quality introduction to a topic not often covered in books for middle graders.”

— School Library Journal

“The balance of hope against the potentially stressful subject leaves readers informed and energized rather than defeated. Handy and lucid, this slim volume makes an important topic digestible.”

— Kirkus Reviews

“A well-written volume on a distinctly important topic for youngsters to be aware of as they grow into their role of guardians of the ecosystems. Highly Recommended.”

— CM: Canadian Review of Materials

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