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B95 can feel it: a stirring in his bones and feathers. It’s time. Today is the day he will once again cast himself into the air, spiral upward into the clouds, and bank into the wind.He wears a black band on his lower right leg and an orange flag on his upper left, bearing the laser inscription B95. Scientists call him the Moonbird because, in the course of his astoundinglB95 can feel it: a stirring in his bones and feathers. It’s time. Today is the day he will once again cast himself into the air, spiral upward into the clouds, and bank into the wind.He wears a black band on his lower right leg and an orange flag on his upper left, bearing the laser inscription B95. Scientists call him the Moonbird because, in the course of his astoundingly long lifetime, this gritty, four-ounce marathoner has flown the distance to the moon—and halfway back! B95 is a robin-sized shorebird, a red knot of the subspecies rufa. Each February he joins a flock 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 without eating or sleeping, but eventually he must descend to refuel and rest. However, recent changes at ancient refueling stations along his migratory circuit—changes caused mostly by human activity—have reduced the food available and made it harder for the birds to reach. And so, since 1995, when B95 was first captured and banded, the worldwide rufa population has collapsed by nearly 80 percent. Most perish somewhere along the great hemispheric circuit, but the Moonbird wings on. He has been seen as recently as November 2011, which makes him 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 takes us around the hemisphere with the world’s most celebrated shorebird, showing the obstacles rufa red knots face, introducing a worldwide team of scientists and conservationists trying to save them, and offering insights about what we can do to help shorebirds before it’s too late. Through prose, research, and images, Hoose explores the tragedy of extinction through the triumph of a single bird. ...

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Moonbird: A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95 Reviews

  • Donalyn
    2019-04-25 16:08

    Quite possibly one of the best children's nonfiction books I've ever read. Rufa Red Knot, B95, (known as Moonbird) has flown so many miles in his 19 year lifespan, he could have flown to the moon. Surviving harsh conditions, dwindling food sources, and grueling flights across oceans, this valiant superbird "has to be among the toughest four ounces of life in the world." Using B95 as the protagonist in a riveting survival story, Phillip Hoose describes the plight of migratory shorebirds, who are rapidly dying out, and the efforts of conservationists, government agencies, scientists, and citizens to save the Rufa and their migratory habitats and food sources. Beautifully written and well-researched, Moonbird is a standout, an exemplar for engaging, high-quality nonfiction. Includes extensive research sources and a list of organizations that support Rufa rescue efforts.As for Moonbird, he was spotted in Delaware Bay this summer. Still going strong at almost 20 years old.

  • Barb Middleton
    2019-05-15 18:00

    Ever hear of a robin-sized bird that flies from South Pole to the North Pole? Me neither. This story follows the migratory patterns of Moonbird, a rufa red knot, that travels 18,000 miles each year on a primordial quest for food and mates. Researchers tagged Moonbird in 1995 and ironically put a band on his leg that represented the captured group B series - he just happened to be number 95. The author tends to call him B95 moreso than Moonbird. Moonbird's name reflects that after twenty years, he has flown the same distance to the moon and almost back to earth. No other bird tagged has lived this long or traveled this far. He is Superbird, an amazing flying machine. In ten years, the rufa red knots have gone from 150,000 to 15,000. The author looks at why this is and tackles questions regarding how to stop it.This expository text is so engaging that I kept spitting out facts to my husband as I was being wowed by this tiny creature that performs feats that don't seem possible. Did you know that this bird eats 14 times it's weight and manages to fly? Did you know in 2009 scientists invented geolocators so lightweight and small that they can track bird migration? Did you know that horseshoe crab blood is used to make sure medical equipment is sterilized? Did you know... the poor guy won't have to read the book after me being a chatterbox of nonstop facts through 120 pages. While the author explains how the bird has evolved in order to make this journey of exhaustion and gives clear reasons for its impending extinction, it is a harder text because it is a hybrid nonfiction narrative that requires a higher level of comprehension.Hybrid texts require synthesizing captions, sidebars, graphs, and main text. The narrative story shifts points of view that might confuse some. The first paragraph in the introduction is in italics and is from the bird's point of view, with paragraph two in the 3rd person, and the last paragraph switching back to the first person narrative. The next chapter begins in first person narrative while the profiles are in third person. While it is handled extremely well, it makes for a more complex read.This book is loaded with different themes involving environmental impact, handling animals ethically, scientific study of shorebirds, to name a few. Hoose draws upon firsthand experience, secondary sources and interviews. I particularly like the story of Patricia Gonzalez who worked with her high school students to protect beaches in San Antonio Bay, Argentina. The book is interspersed with the story of the migration narrated by Hoose, along with profiles of scientists or activists in protecting the birds. Text boxes and maps explain concepts such as molting, distance, banding, and other amazing facts. The subtext on horseshoe crabs, the fragility of ecosystems, and the cost to fisherman's livelihood is balanced and clearly presented to readers.The writing is gorgeous. You can smell, feel, and hear the ocean with this text. "Then hundreds of chattering birds, some beginning to show hints of red in their feathering, beat their wings and rise into the air as one, towering up into a tight, swirling, shape-shifting column that seeks the wind and looks like drifting smoke to a shorebound observer."Phillip Hoose captures the senses and creates a moving story. I was so wrapped up in B95's tale that I got tears in my eyes as the suspense builds as to whether or not Moonbird is alive or dead. Hoose's first person point of view also pulled me into the story like the tide coming in; his experiences with banding and capturing the creatures engage all the senses. This topnotch book pulls together information from scientists, activists, children, biologists, fisherman, and personal experience to create a fantastic tale of hope for the future of these birds and for humanity to correct some damage they are causing to the environmental. A must read.

  • Wendy
    2019-05-24 20:48

    I loved this book at first, but it lost some speed with me. Hoose does a great job at writing the drama of the scientists waiting on beaches, the average people making discoveries and turning into scientists, and his own role in a bird-banding. I was far less taken with the sections about Moonbird himself that are speculative and somewhat anthropomorphic; I didn't find them an effective method of story-telling or fact-sharing. I would have been happy with a book that didn't have a central character at all, but even with Moonbird as the focus, I think the book would have been stronger if the descriptions of Moonbird's journey had kept more distance.I thought the organization of the book was somewhat muddled. Halfway through, I started to wonder where this was going. The chapter titles make it seem like it has more of a sense of progression and journey than it really seemed to in the reading.Strengths: everything about the scientists. Also, it seemed like every time I had a sidebar kind of question (like "hey, aren't they hurting the birds?" or "aren't those bands heavy?"), Hoose popped up with an actual sidebar exploring that question further. In this aspect, the book is well-designed.The Bird's POV sections knocked this down a star for me. I think, overall, this would have made a fabulous lengthy article for Outside or National Geographic but felt like a stretch in a children's book of this length.

  • NebraskaIcebergs
    2019-05-19 17:58

    Moonbird: A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95 by Phillip Hoose is not just your ordinary nonfiction book. It’s not even your average book about birds or endangered animals. Rather it’s on multiple lists of the best books of 2012, which is where I first encountered it. Moonbird is also the recipient of The Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal Honor, which is why I first decided to read it. It has even won several awards for best science book.Hoose focuses on an individual bird: B95, a red knot who is also known as Moonbird. Moonbird first gained the attention of scientists in 1995. At the time, the bird was just one of over 850 red knots to be banded in Tierra del Fuego in South America as part of research into migratory routes. Records show that Moonbird had adult plumage, which means he was at least three years old. Six years later, in 2001, one of the birds from that banding was snared again, just miles from where he had been originally caught. The inscription on his band read B95, so labeled to represent the series (out of A and B) and the number from the first banding expedition. When he turned up again at Tierra del Fuego in 2003, the entire rufa subspecies of red knots were plunging towards extinction, which made Moonbird more than an extraordinary pilot who could find his way back to migratory routes year after year. It also made him a survivor.The choice on Hoose’s part to focus on an individual bird was deliberate. Hoose had previously written a book about the ivory-billed woodpecker. A fellow conservationist knew Hoose was looking for another bird species to write about; in particular, Hoose wanted one that was in danger of becoming extinct but for which there was still hope. Hoose’s friend suggested the red knots, which take unbelievably long migration routes. Hoose wasn’t convinced. Stories need characters. And then his friend told him about a bird who scientists kept seeing year after year. The bird had by then flown so far that it had earned the nickname of Moonbird, having flown in its lifetime the equivalent of a journey to the moon and back. And because Hoose picked an individual bird, he could weave passages like this one: “B95 can feel it. A stirring in his bones and feathers. It’s time. Today is the day he will once again cast himself into the air, spiral upward into the clouds, and bank into the wind….”Obviously, an entire nonfiction book probably isn’t going to be written in the style I quoted above. And Moonbird isn’t. That said, in focusing at times on an individual bird, Hoose did afford himself the opportunity to spin Moonbird’s story into one of suspense. In 2009, as part of his research into B95’s story, Hoose flew to Tierra del Fuego. The next morning, he joined a research team that was attempting to catch, band, and study red knots. He hoped among those red knots to find B95 — who would be at least seventeen years old. B95 had been captured four times previously, always in the Tierra del Fuego area and in the summer. As the research team hid themselves and waited, many of them wondered: “Can B95 still be alive?” In the end, 156 knots were captured, but none were B95. The question had to be asked: “Has his time finally come?” In subsequent chapters, Hoose steps back to explain the physiology of red knots, the nature of their breeding grounds, and the importance of crabs to their survival, to name just a few topics. He also at times steps forward to update readers on additional red knot sightings, all the while continuing to hope that B95 is out there “somewhere safe and comfortable as the night hurries by”.I must compliment the book for having all the perks one would expect of a well-written nonfiction book. The photos, varied in size, are beautiful and captioned. There are sample sidebars and profiles, with the latter focusing on pioneers in the field of shorebird research and other notable conservation efforts in the story of the red knot survival. Young people should find inspiring the biography of Mike Hudson, who at age ten formed Friends of the Red Knot, a group which started with about fifteen to twenty members. For cynics who think that letters to officials and other petitions are pointless, Hudson’s efforts will prove them wrong. The group researched the law and knew the red knot could meet the criteria for being listed as an endangered species. The group wrote postcards every day to the secretary of the interior, created a display at the Nature Center at Delaware Bay, made presentations, and testified at hearings. Through their efforts, they gained the support of their city council. Last, the book includes a section about what the average person can do to help, along with extensive source notes and a bibliography.To end my review, I’d like to share Hoose’s thoughts on an all-important question: “Why should you care?” First, plants and animals keep us alive and improve our lives. For example, most of our medicine and foods come from them. They also inspire feats such as human aviation and teach us about functions we take for granted such as how we see. Second, each life form is fascinating and mysterious in its own right. Each species with which we share the earth is a success story. Consider B95. His species of the red knot are still at a dangerously low level, but B95 was nearly twenty years old and still being spotted. As such, he is a symbol of hope for those throughout the world who love shorebirds. Let’s hear it for this amazing bird and for author Phillip Hoose who has captured Moonbird’s incredible story in a must-read book.

  • Patricia Powell
    2019-05-21 13:51

    One small shorebird, a rufa redknot, tagged B95 many years ago, has probably lived longer than 20 years. His history and that of all rufas is told by master storyteller Phillip Hoose in “Moonbird: a Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95” (Farrar 2012). Every year B95 and his compadre rufas migrate from the southern tip of South America, Tierra del Fuego to the Canadian Arctic and back again. “But trip by trip, B95 threads the sky with fewer companions.” “Can humans and shorebirds coexist?” 80% of rufas have disappeared in B95’s lifetime. He was first banded in 1995 when he was an adult, at least 3 or 4 years old. (The “95” happens to be his number, not the year he was banded). Maps and photos show the yearly route, pole to pole. We know their route because scientists recapture banded birds, record data, and release them. Some rufas are fitted with tiny radios. Why do they go so far? The preliminary answer is: for food, space, and light. They breed in the Arctic where they have nearly 24 hours of summer light to find food. But when winter returns in August they head south seeking the Antarctic summer light. They gorge themselves before they set out for flights that last 3, 4, 5 days without landing. At that point they’re depleted and in dire need of food, but still far from their final destination. “…this bird has to be among the toughest 4 ounces of life in the world.” At each landing spot a particular food is available on which the tiny birds gorge. At Delaware Bay, it’s been eggs of horseshoe crabs. But that crab population has been decimated by humans—first to be ground and used as fertilizer, now as bait to catch conch, which is a cuisinary delicacy. 80% of the crab population is gone. If rufas doesn’t eat, he doesn’t survive. Hoose builds on his premise that “plants and animals keep us alive and improve our lives.” It was discovered that horseshoe crabs whose eggs feed the rufas provide a liquid that keeps our medicines safe from bacterial contamination. Scientists have found a way to extract what they need and return the crabs to Delaware Bay. Interspersed in the rufas’ life narrative are profiles of scientists who often began as kids with a fascination for shorebirds and who volunteered in the quest to save them. Some of the profiles focus on kids volunteering today, bringing the study to their classrooms. As an added bonus, an appendix lists how an individual or a class can help the shorebirds. This nonfiction story keeps readers on the edge of their seats. There is the mystery of why rufas fly nine thousand miles to breed? Why don’t they just stay put. “For nearly 20 years now, B95 has followed a ripple of food and a beam of light across the globe just as his ancestors did long before.”Patricia Hruby Powell is a nationally touring speaker, dancer, storyteller, occasional librarian, and children’s book author. Find out more at

  • Brandy
    2019-05-07 15:02

    I'll just come right out and say it, I don't normally read non-fiction books. Since I have been keeping up this year with mock newbery titles and this was one of them, I decided to go for it.I wasn't sure what I was expecting when I picked this book up, but I wasn't expecting what I got. When I first opened it up, I was a little disheartened to see that it looked like a textbook. Text on the page with text boxes, pictures and maps thrown on the pages too.I jumped into reading it and was really surprised at how interesting it was. The author was able to explain about the red knots in such a way that I wanted more! How could that be??After learning about B95, one of the oldest red knots known to man, I was rooting for him and it was because of him I was compelled to keep reading.My family thought it was a little weird that I was reading a "textbook" for fun, but when I told them about these amazing little birds, it seemed that they were just as excited about them as I was. Each day they would ask more about the book.Now for my opinions. I can see why this book got all the buzz it did this year, and I can also see why it won the medals that it did. It was very well written. It was so informative but also explained in a way that children would understand. Writing it with a "main character" made it so we were able to connect with it like a fiction book. However, it is still non-fiction. My kids were interested in hearing what I had to say, but I am not sure they would read the whole book. I am sure they would pick it up and skim through it and read some of the text boxes. It was not like a fiction story where I wanted to hurry and finish because I just had to see what happened next. It was a very deliberate effort to pick the book up each free moment and finish it. So while it was excellent writing, and enjoyable read, it was not a book I couldn't put down.I think kids might not read the whole thing either. It was 123 pages. At times I felt that I just wanted it to be over but my curiosity of what happens with B95 kept me going. That was a brilliant way for Phillip Hoose to write the book. If anything will get kids to finish the book B95 will.Do I think you should read this? Yes. Do I think kids will read it? Maybe. Am I going to leave this book lying around for my kids to pick up before it is due back at the library? Absolutely! Am I glad I read it? Most Definitely. Very grateful to be participating in mock newbery discussions so I can be introduced to books like this that I would have never picked up on my own.

  • Jim Erekson
    2019-05-14 18:07

    Another difficult review to write, because this book is a genre-breaker. Like Helfer's book about the lion, this one is really a biography but it's about an animal rather than a person. Hoose dedicates the careful attention to this individual bird we would expect from a biographer. At the same time, however, the book is jam-packed with all of the visual features and structure we have come to expect from exemplary informational text. 1. Sourcing. Eight pages of chapter by chapter notes in back matter; Annotated bibliography with 23 items on three pages, in categories. 2. Photos. They are at once compelling and relevant. These images are all about providing context for B95's journey. In a biography we are used to seeing all of these photos crammed into the middle plates, but because this is a hardcover informational text the information-text style was granted free rein to place the full color photos throughout the text. Brilliant! 3. Informational features. Captions, maps, diagrams, infographics, text vignettes in blue boxes, datelines in chapter headers, subsections when needed, profiles of key scientists as sections within chapters--everything that encourages browsing over cover to cover reading. (That's how I've been using this book over the past week.)4. Text. Extremely reliable, and well-connected to specific scientists and research traditions. All woven into a compelling narrative packed with science identities, science processes, and science thinking. Just like we expect from good National Geographic format, there is plenty of text here--a lot of reading to do when I was done browsing. Yes, the info-text features lead me to browse, but also eventually to settle in for some longer focused reading. Beyond all of the high-quality design (Roberta Pressel is credited in the front matter), the book gave me an interesting aesthetic 'in the moment' experience of following this bird across oceans and continents. In all, I'm surprised this book didn't win the 2013 Newbery.

  • Ann
    2019-04-28 20:56

    Science rarely interests me. I am more the humanities/history type. Phillip Hoose's books are so enticingly written and beautifully illustrated, I am hooked. And how could anyone resist the beautiful B95, a rufa red-knot (shorebird) who has survived at least twenty years of migrating 9,000 miles each way from Tierra del Fuego to the Canadian Arctic.Hoose tells a compelling story with a memorable protagonist who happens to be the size of a robin. And as he does, the author teaches about extinction, adverse effects of humans on bird habitats, the heroic efforts of both citizen scientists and professional biologists, and more.He includes details that I will never forget. For instance, how can these birds not only navigate such a journey with almost no stops, but return to the same SQUARE FOOT of beach in the numeric order in which they departed?This is a great book for older elementary through adult readers. I guarantee you will fall in love with B95, "Moonbird" and root for him and his species. You might even find yourself taking personal or political action to ensure the safety of Moonbird and his avian family.Note: I support independent bookstores and encourage you to check out to find your closest bookstore.

  • Jennie Smith
    2019-05-18 12:53

    I can honestly say that I never thought I would be one scouring the Internet to see if a bird was still alive. Never having a bird when growing up, I didn't understand the love people had for them. Now, however, I am a regular checker-upper on Moonbird. This book was recommended to me by an amazing teacher friend who warned me that I would become invested in the bird. I didn't really take her seriously (about the "becoming invested" part), but I should have. This book was not only fascinating in what it had to say about this species of bird, but also in all the details of how the studying of Moonbird and his companions came about. I was drawn into the story of the birds, but also the lives of these fascinating creatures. Recommending this to my students and fellow teacher will not be hard. I checked it out from the library (again, I wasn't convinced I would care that much) and now I am going to have to purchase a copy before I head back to school. This will be one that will not stay on my shelf!

  • Elissa Schaeffer
    2019-05-20 18:59

    What did I know about Rufa Red Knots prior to this month? Nothing. What do I know now? LOTS.I had heard that this was a great book but it took me a while to get to it. In fact, I listened to the audio book over the course of two weeks during my commute. I really enjoyed how Hoose gave us the story of the Knots through one particular, amazing bird. Through this lens we are introduced to B95 and Knots in general as we follow them through their yearly migrations.Hoose also made me care about these birds, about shorebirds in general, along with horseshoe crabs. Then, at the end, he explained more about why we all should care and what we can do about it.All in all, good stuff. Very informative, great read. In fact, the only wish I have is that I had read it rather than listen to it so I could have also seen the photos and illustrations that accompanied the text.Very recommended, grades 5 and up.

  • Kris Springer
    2019-04-29 13:06

    Not sure this is a Newbery contender but I enjoyed reading this heroic tale of Moonbird, a.k.a. B95, a Rufa Red Knot shorebird that flies thousands of miles from Tierra del Fuego to northern Canada. Challenged by weather and man, the Rufa Red Knot population is plummeting. Hoose hopes that his book can help young & old learn about these beautiful birds and help save them from extinction. Writing was clear, compelling, entertaining. Lots of great scientific info about how the birds are trapped in order to band them and observe them. Glad I read this.

  • Patricia
    2019-04-24 13:56

    Read for Mock PrintzI get a big heavy feeling in my chest when I read about species in peril because it seems to be too big of a problem for anyone to solve and the whole thing feels hopeless. This book is about the amazing journey of a bird, but it's also about the trouble his fellow birds are in. I don't know what to do about that and dealt with my despair by putting the book down and never picking it up again.Also, I found the prose rather breathless. And that annoyed me.

  • Elizabeth
    2019-05-02 12:47

    I read this for the YALSA 2013 Morris/Nonfiction Challenge. I never would have read it otherwise, but it is pretty good. It was nice that he added profiles of some of the people who are involved in tracking this bird. I thought the whole book made it clear that regular people could be involved in this type of activity, that you don't need to be an official scientist to participate in some way.

  • Emily
    2019-04-23 20:57

    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.

  • Cari
    2019-05-06 20:09

    I liked this book :o)

  • Josiah
    2019-05-17 13:08

    "Each species with which we share the earth is a success story. Each of our cohabitants has evolved an ingenious set of life strategies, and made them work. To live on an earth without fascinating, often beautiful creatures would be to live on a lesser earth. The trick is not to let them slip away, but to understand and help them on their terms." —Moonbird: A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95, P. 113 The battle over natural conservation is often a hotly debated one, with those on either side of any particular issue within its framework capable of stating a solid and compelling case so the layman has little way of deciding which argument to accept, but author Phillip Hoose largely avoids such controversies in Moonbird. His aim is simply to bring us airborne amidst a flock of thousands of rufa red knots on an incredible flight that will take them farther through the air in a single year than many humans travel in a lifetime, soaring for thousands of miles and days on end with no stops until final arrival, if they survive, at a location where enough food exists to fuel them on to their next destination. To witness the rufa in this extreme environment that seems to plunge the odds of survival for even a single migratory season down to appallingly low percentages, the case for preserving the rufa's opportunity to at least continue trying to survive emerges more strongly than if we were assaulted with facts and figures and told how we should think and react to the problem. At the time of this book's initial publication, the worldwide population of rufa red knots had dwindled badly, putting them in jeopardy of extinction within just a few years. Who will champion their cause if we are silent because we remain uneducated to the fact rufa even exists? Who will boldly assert the importance to the global sanctity of animal life the rufa has if not us, stirred to action by the story of a single indomitable rufa specimen whose courageous longevity in the face of staggering odds speaks to us on a level deeper than we can fully comprehend and provides a public face for an entire species?Phillip Hoose (pronounced "Hose") does well not to try selling his readers solely on the survival of an animal species in distress. By attaching the banner of the rufa's survival to the capable wings of the legendary B95, a specimen whose uncanny ability to fly the punishing migratory route of the rufa year after year and remain alive long past the life expectancy of his kind is reminiscent of the Great Prince of the Forest from Disney's Bambi, Phillip Hoose has given readers an emotional stake in the survival of the entire species. When we think of rufa, our minds will conjure up more than just images of another flock of birds winging across the sky; we will think of one particular bird, one brave, resourceful flier whose life has been all about defying the odds and doing what would have seemed impossible had scientists not tracked and confirmed his movements for twenty years. And because we admire what B95 has done and hope, perhaps, for a bit of that tenacity for ourselves, we cannot ignore the problems B95 and the rest of his species have faced. The real possibility that human behavior could damage the ability of B95 and his brethren to make their harrowing yearly intercontinental flight puts the burden of response on us to break the chain of our normal actions if necessary, to do everything in our power to ensure we are not responsible for snuffing out the rufa red knot forever."When the last individual of a race of living things breathes no more, another heaven and another earth must pass before such a one can be again." —William Beebe, Moonbird, P. 107There's no lack of technical information in Moonbird. The story requires readers to be informed of so much, in fact, that keeping the book on a comprehension level likely to appeal to juvenile readers had to be a daunting challenge, but I believe Phillip Hoose dealt with it as well as could be expected. Interspersed with chapters following the migration path of B95 and his feathered comrades are brief profiles of scientists who have done work relevant to the rufa, and even a profile of a crab harvester whose profession may conflict with the sustenance of one vital food source for the rufa along its route. Watermen have to make a living as surely as the rufa, and there's no clear-cut way as of the publication of this book to make sure both are able to live indefinitely with all their needs met. No matter what threats the birds face, though, or how many other rufa have joined the majority of their species in the extinction to which they appear headed, B95 continues forward as an object of hope, not only for this one species of shorebird but for all creatures and all people everywhere whose existence has been endangered because of circumstances beyond their control. I believe it is in society's best interest to preserve rare birds, whatever form their rarity takes. Without the extraordinary courage that can rise from among unusual beings, what do we have to look forward to within the confines of this life? What good is it to have today if it isn't a day filled with the joy and fulfillment of being ourselves or at least knowing we're headed in that direction, even when the road to get there is rough?Though Phillip Hoose had written juvenile nonfiction years before the release of Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice, for which he was awarded a 2010 Newbery Honor citation, it was that book which earned him a devoted national following. Such a gloriously rich telling of so important a story, emotionally taut and accessible to readers of any age, was a fine choice for a Newbery, and I'm gratified to see Phillip Hoose receive the credit he deserved for crafting such a masterful work of historical nonfiction. Moonbird is something quite different from Twice Toward Justice. A work of scientific rather than historical concern, with a brief shelf life as it regards the status of the rufa red knot and its walk along the razor's edge of extinction, Moonbird may not have the same relevance even five or ten years after its release as Twice Toward Justice will have indefinitely. Will young readers be hooked by B95's survival story when the bird is gone, as the inevitable hands of time declare sooner or later must be the case? Will kids still be moved by the plight of an extinct shorebird species that disappeared from the earth before they themselves were even born? Maybe not with the immediacy the first generation to read Moonbird experienced, but I do believe this book will still have an impact. We will look into the beady eyes of B95 in photographs of the magnificent bird and wonder why it was he who continued to survive when all his original peers had died years earlier, and long to know a piece of his secret for ourselves. We will also wonder if B95's descendants still walk on the shores of the earth their great ancestor once roamed, if the birds we spot in Argentina or Delaware Bay could be among B95's numerous offspring. But even if all the rufa red knots are gone one day, the poignant photos of their flocks as they flew over our earth when they as a species were in their prime will not cease to serve as reminders of what one species can mean to our planet. Readers will find they miss the days when the rufa once toured the globe searching for food in perfect freedom, will miss those times even if they ended before their own birthdate. And most of all they will find themselves missing B95, who held on to life as long as he could in a world that often isn't kind to rare birds, slowly eroding their sustenance in a life that can be hard enough to figure out even when everything is going well. With the permanent departure of the rufa red knot, we may finally understand we lost more than we ever knew.Moonbird is a good science text, and Phillip Hoose's writing is unusually poetic and lively for a nonfiction book, traits that have helped immensely to build his sterling reputation. Carl Hiassen, author of the 2003 Newbery Honor title Hoot and several other novels featuring issues of conservation in the wild, wrote a blurb praising Moonbird that's on the back cover of the edition I read, and I think fans of Hiassen's own literary offerings will find Moonbird a near must-read if they have any interest in increasing their understanding of natural conservation and its importance in the lives of humans. There's a good chance I would give two and a half stars to Moonbird, and while its content will become dated over time in some ways, which may have precluded it from selection as a 2013 Newbery, I believe this book has done a lot of good and will continue to do more as long as it is kept in the hands of young readers. One can always count on Phillip Hoose for a solid nonfiction reading experience.

  • Christine Preece
    2019-05-24 16:47

    Moonbird is a chapter, narrative non-fiction book that tells a great story about a magnificent bird called the Moonbird. Scientists named him B95, tagged him, and studied his movements for months. He's most magnificent because he can fly for days at a time without eating, distances as far as to the moon and half way back. The setting of the story is wherever B95 travels to. The photographs and maps in this book create an engaging participation for the reader. The theme of this book is to honor the Moonbird's existence and the great adventure it has endured.

  • Melissa Harlan
    2019-05-07 12:48

    A narrative nonfiction about a year in the life of a rufa red knot bird that is referred to as B95. The photographs, some black and white and some color, as well as maps of flight, side notes and informational charts support the text and give the reader a visual while reading. The book is arranged in chapters that are broken down by time periods within the year of this bird's life with soft blue bold headings and subheadings throughout black text and white background, with soft blue text boxes that contain the side notes.

  • Andromeda
    2019-05-24 18:44

    This book was extremely interesting! The only thing I'm curious about is why my local library has this as a juvenile nonfiction.. I mean sure, juveniles CAN read it but even I found that it dragged on sometimes, and I'm older than what the age range would be. In any case this book was really interesting and gave me a new perspective on these birds!

  • BJBrown
    2019-05-05 21:00

    Elementary & middle school educators: find a place in your curriculum for Rufa Red Knot B95, aka Moonbird. Hoose conveys the wonder, the science, and an invitation to help protect this amazing and threatened creature simply yet with a depth of understanding. B95 joins Ezra and Big Red in my personal pantheon of animals who speak volumes about our world and our responsibilities to it.

  • Anne Jennings
    2019-05-24 21:11

    Incredible story of survival, how these birds prepare for their journey from one end of the hemisphere to the other twice a year. What they need to survive. How the birds and their food source are depleting and what we need to to save both. B95 is a hero among athletes. This is a great book for any one from age 12 on. It is such an important story with so much urgency.

  • Casey
    2019-05-08 21:09

    I can’t believe it took me six years to read this book. Travel with B95 on the great circuit and you’ll fall in love with the shoreline birds migratory path. I love the rich narrative, the “aside” stories, and the informational graphics. A fascinating non-fiction text I would use in the classroom.

  • Jack
    2019-05-19 16:48

    A fascinating story about a rare shorebird that has lived for at least 20 years, each year travelling from the bottom of the earth to the top and back. Incorporates many interesting facts about the species (rufa) and how they live.

  • Bianca West
    2019-04-30 19:48

    Moonbird is a nonfiction narrative about the life of a shorebird scientists have named Moonbird, due to the distance he has flown. This book includes maps and pictures that show first-hand what Moonbird faces over a year timespan.

  • Lisa Bricker
    2019-05-05 14:43

    I've read at least one other book by Hoose, which is a large reason I picked up this one. He's a really good author and chooses his images well. Also, the idea of a 4 ounce bird that has flown to the moon and halfway back (in migratory distance) is both fascinating and awe-inspiring.

  • Sarah Doubenmier
    2019-05-13 17:59

    Not what I was looking for. Too much about shore birds. Boring.

  • Jessica Mailhot
    2019-05-14 14:48

    Quick and fascinating story. I love how it ends with the ways people are actually doing something to protect this species and ways you the reader can make an impact.

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    2019-04-25 17:04

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  • Caren
    2019-05-09 18:05

    Absolutely amazing!

  • Cameron
    2019-04-29 18:41

    This book was boring from beginning to end