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Sea Otters
A Survival Story
9781459817371 Hardcover, Paper over boards, Printed dust jacket English Juvenile: Age (years) from 9 - 12, Grade (CAN) from 4 - 7, Grade (US) from 4 - 7, Reading age from 9 - 12 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Animals / Endangered North America Apr 28, 2020 Print Run: 5000
$24.95 CAD
Active 7.5 x 9 x 0.7 in | 520 gr 128 pages 100 , 1 Colour illustrations, 1 , 1 Index FSC certified – mixed sources C023083 Orca Book Publishers
Sea otters back from the brink!

Sea otters once ruled the Pacific Ocean, but the fur trade of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries brought this predator to near extinction. Today they’re slowly coming back from the brink, and scientists are learning more about their pivotal role as one of nature’s keystone species. This book looks at the history, biology, behavior and uncertain future of sea otters. Author and photojournalist Isabelle Groc takes us into the field: watching sea otter rafts off the British Columbia coast from a kayak, exploring what makes their fur coats so special, understanding how their voracious appetites are helping kelp forests thrive and, ultimately, learning how sea otters are leaving their mark (or paws) on every part of the ecosystem. They might be one of the most adorable creatures in the ocean, but kids will discover how their survival is key to a rich, complex and connected ecosystem.

Key Selling Points

  • This book looks at the history, biology, behavior and uncertain future of sea otters, their journey from near extinction and how their role as a keystone species is essential to a rich, complex and connected ecosystem.
  • Filled with the history and ecology of sea otters, this book will inform and inspire young readers to take action to help the conservation of sea otters.
  • The author is a photojournalist whose stories and photos have appeared in National Geographic News, BBC Wildlife and Scientific American, and she has also produced videos for National Geographic.
  • Isabelle Groc is the author of Gone is Gone, the first book in the Orca Wild series.
  • One of the world’s most beloved animals, 99 percent of sea otters were hunted to near extinction during the fur trade, and even though their numbers are coming back, they are still an endangered species.
  • Includes a foreword from Dame Judi Dench and David F. Mills.

Isabelle Groc is a writer, wildlife photographer and filmmaker who specializes in wildlife conservation, endangered species and the relationships between people and wildlife in a rapidly changing world. With degrees in journalism from Columbia University and urban planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, she brings a unique perspective to documenting the impacts of human activities on threatened species and habitats. Born in the South of France, with family roots in Spain, Isabelle now lives in Vancouver.


With the return of sea otters on the Pacific Coast, Isabelle has had the opportunity to witness an extraordinary ecological story unfold in her backyard of British Columbia for over ten years. She spent extended periods of time documenting sea otters and the coastal communities they influence.

Marketing and Promotional Plans
  • Local and national media initiatives
  • Print and online advertising campaigns with Orca Wild series
  • Promotion at national and regional school, library and trade conferences
  • Extensive ARC distribution
  • Author interview on blog and social media promotion
  • Postcard with Orca Wild series
  • Targeted promotion to ecological and conservation organizations

"In this beautiful book, Isabelle tells us an important story, one that gives us hope...Young people will be encouraged to see that positive change can happen, and that we can all do something to help preserve our planet." - Dame Judi Dench

“This is a good news story, beautifully told by a passionate advocate for healthy seas full of life. Isabelle Groc reveals how sea otters—some of the cutest, furriest, smartest mammals around—are making a triumphant return to the Pacific coast of North America, kick-starting the recovery of this fabulously rich marine ecosystem.” - Ben Hoare, former Features Editor, BBC Wildlife Magazine

“This book is a masterpiece of children’s nonfiction about nature. With pages of stunning photographs and easy-to-read text about the history, science and ecological heroics of sea otters, this book is a must-have for every budding naturalist and every lover of sea otters.” - Kai Chan, Professor at the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability, University of British Columbia

“Isabelle Groc's Sea Otters: A Survival Story is a delight—and not just because sea otters are a delight. The book is accessible, well researched, informative and very attractive. All ages will enjoy this book.” - Robert Bateman, artist and naturalist

“The sea otter’s story holds lessons for everyone. Isabelle Groc has provided a great service to nature and human society by teaching these lessons to the next generation in an accurate and compelling manner.” - James A. Estes, Professor Emeritus, University of California, Santa Cruz

“Well-researched...A thorough introduction to an appealing keystone species.” - Kirkus Reviews

“Groc's personal admiration for these intriguing mammals is evident in her descriptive writing, clear explanations, and well-documented and captioned color photographs. A compelling wake-up call for protecting the environment.” - Booklist

“This very relevant book on climate change and endangered species is a strong choice for all nonfiction collections.” - School Library Journal

“A good book for students who are interested in animals, the environment, or who just love sea otters...It would be a worthwhile addition to collections serving upper elementary and middle school students.” - School Library Connection

“The text is accessible with a fairly straightforward factual style that works well for the serious nature of the topic...Young readers interested in species at risk and wildlife conservation will enjoy the learning experience provided. Highly Recommended.” - CM: Canadian Review of Materials

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Return from Extinction Linda L. Richards 9781459821361 $24.95 CAD Oct 13, 2020

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