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Children's Nonfiction Marine Life


by (author) Rachel Poliquin & Nicholas John Frith

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Initial publish date
Jun 2020
Marine Life
Recommended Age
8 to 12
Recommended Grade
3 to 7
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Jun 2020
    List Price
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Jun 2020
    List Price

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This fourth installment in the hilarious and highly illustrated full-color Superpower Field Guide series features Olenka, an ordinary eel. Olenka may be slimy, wiggly, and the color of mud, but never, ever underestimate an eel.

Meet Olenka, an ordinary eel. Did I hear you say, “But aren’t eels just long slippery slimy fishy-things that . . . hmm . . . .  Is there anything else to know about eels?” You bet your buttons there is! 
Sit back and hold on tight, because Olenka is going to amaze you with superpowers such as double invisibility and shape-shifting, and the super secret Lair of the Abyss  (that means a top-secret deep-sea hideout). In fact, Olenka's life is so impossibly extraordinary, it has baffled the smartest scientists in the world for thousands of years. 
“Impossible!” you say. I say, "you don’t know eels." But you will.
Includes a ruler printed along the edge of the book’s back cover to aid the observations of young field scientists everywhere!

About the authors

Rachel Poliquin is a writer and curator engaged with the cultural and poetic history of the natural world. She has curated taxidermy exhibits for the Museum of Vancouver and the Beaty Biodiversity Museum at the University of British Columbia. Poliquin is the author of, a website dedicated to exploring the cultural history of taxidermy.

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Editorial Reviews

"[P]acked with genuinely fascinating and almost unbelievable information.... Ultimately, this book is engaging, knowledgeable, and worthy of a reader’s attention."—School Library Journal

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