Champion: the Comeback Tale of the American Chestnut Tree



For thousands of years American Chestnut trees grew plentifully in the forests of eastern North America. People and animals relied on them for food and shelter. The tree connected the east and west coasts when it became widely used in the construction of railroad tracks and for telephone poles.  Then disaster struck. In the early 1900s, a tiny parasite found its way to North America. What began in the bark of a few trees soon became an unstoppable killing force that killed billions of chestnut trees.
            Today, due to the work of scientists and volunteers, the American Chestnut tree is poised for a comeback. Its story is one of loss, devastation, investigation, and restoration.

What reviewers said:
"A compelling, inspiring true story of a species rescued from extinction through decades of determined innovation." Kirkus Reviews

"The award-winning nonfiction author brings to light the intriguing story of the beleaguered American chestnut tree . . . . Fascinating and well-sourced." School Library Journal

Awards & Honors:
• 2019 NCTE’s Orbis Pictus Honor book
• JLG Selection
• Finalist for the 2019 AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books
• 2019 National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Outstanding Science Trade Book
• 2019 National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Best STEM Books
• Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Books 2018


ISBN 9781250125231 Henry Holt and Co.

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