The Monarch Effect: Surviving Poison, Predators, and People (Hardcover)

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The Monarch Effect: Surviving Poison, Predators, and People (Hardcover)


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A not-so-typical look at the mysteries of the monarch butterfly

Scholastic Focus is the premier home of thoroughly researched, beautifully written, and thoughtfully designed works of narrative nonfiction aimed at middle grade and young adult readers. These books help readers learn about the world in which they live and develop their critical thinking skills so that they may become dynamic citizens who are able to analyze and understand our past, participate in essential discussions about our present, and work to grow and build our future.

With their stunning black-and-orange wings, monarch butterflies are one of the most recognizable insects on the planet. But despite their delicate beauty, these creatures are warriors. The moment they hatch, they’re fighting for their lives. Everything is the enemy: from the very leaf they live on to the humans and animals around them to nature itself. How does such a tiny egg survive to become a butterfly? And even after emerging from the cocoon, unimaginable danger awaits: migration.

Every year, monarchs take flight, making one of the greatest migrations in the world. However, for a long time, their destination was unknown within the scientific community. Through the research of scientists in Canada and the United States and the support and efforts of ordinary people as well as Indigenous knowledge in Mexico, that mystery was finally solved. But to do so would involve years of searching across three countries and encounters with feuding scientists, the consequences of colonialism, and life-and-death stakes.

Weaving together the untold story of survival, scientific discoveries, and the relationship between humans and butterflies, The Monarch Effect explores how one small insect can have an incredible impact on the entire planet.

Dana L. Church is the author of The Monarch Effect: Surviving Poison, Predators, and People and The Beekeepers: How Humans Changed the World of Bumble Bees. She received her PhD at the University of Ottawa in Canada, where she studied bumble bees (and never got stung!). She lives in southern Ontario with her husband, two children, and their big, black, friendly dog. You can find out more about Dana and her writing at

Product Details ISBN: 9781338749229
ISBN-10: 1338749226
Publisher: Scholastic Focus
Publication Date: April 2nd, 2024
Pages: 320
Language: English

Praise for The Beekeepers

"An enthusiastic celebration of the bumble bee." -- Kirkus Reviews

"Church succeeds in illustrating the complex plight of bumble bees and illuminating the opportunities humans have to help these essential creatures thrive." -- Publishers Weekly

"This well-researched book about bumblebees around the world doubles as a call to arms to save them from disappearing." -- Booklist

"A welcome addition that fills the gap between picture books and adult nonfiction for budding bee enthusiasts, or for school reports." -- School Library Journal