World Without Fish

By Mark Kurlansky; Frank Stockton (Illustrator)
(Workman Publishing, Hardcover, 9780761156079, 183pp.)

Publication Date: April 2011

List Price: $16.95*
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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the Summer 2011 Kids' Next List
“This book, part narrative, part graphic novel, should be read by everyone from middle school to adult! Kurlansky, a former commercial fisherman, is the author of the very popular non-fiction books Cod and Salt. He knows the ocean and speaks for all species, including humans, as he appeals to all of us to know where the fish on our plate come from. He weaves ecology, evolution, human history, as well as human folly, together in a format that is both accessible and compelling.”
-- Dianne Patrick, Snowbound Books, Marquette, MI

Mark Kurlansky, beloved author of the award-winning bestseller "Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World," offers a riveting new book for kids about what's happening to fish, the oceans, and our environment, and what, armed with knowledge, kids can do about it.
Written by a master storyteller, "World Without Fish" connects all the dots biology, economics, evolution, politics, climate, history, culture, food, and nutrition in a way that kids can really understand. It describes how the fish we most commonly eat, including tuna, salmon, cod, and swordfish, could disappear within 50 years, and the domino effect it would have oceans teeming with jellyfish and turning pinkish orange from algal blooms; seabirds disappearing, then reptiles, then mammals. It describes the back-and-forth dynamic of fishermen and scientists. It covers the effects of industrialized fishing, and how bottom-dragging nets are turning the ocean floor into a desert.
The answer? Support sustainable fishing. "World Without Fish" tells kids exactly what they can do: Find out where those fish sticks come from. Tell your parents what's good to buy, and what's not. Ask the waiter if the fish on the menu is line-caught And follow simple rules: Use less plastic, and never eat endangered fish like bluefin tuna.
Interwoven with the book is a full-color graphic novel. Each beautifully illustrated chapter opener links to form a larger fictional story that complements the text. Hand in hand, they create a "Silent Spring" for a new generation.

About the Author
Mark Kurlansky is the New York Times bestselling author of twenty-eight books and a former foreign correspondent for the International Herald Tribune, the Chicago Tribune, the Miami Herald, and the Philadelphia Inquirer. He lives in New York City.

Frank Stockton is an artist and illustrator whose work has appeared in "Esquire", "The New Yorker", "The New York Times", and "Rolling Stone". He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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