2022 Russell Freedman Award for Nonfiction - Finalist
2022 Foreword INDIES Finalist - Juvenile Nonfiction
Primatologist Mireya Mayor is living proof that courage and determination can make the impossible possible.
For Mireya Mayor, even as a young child whose house was filed with cats, dogs, rabbits, birds, a chicken, and a snapping turtle, nothing was quite wild enough. Older, she traded her pom-poms as a cheerleader for the National Football League for the swamps of the South American jungle. The first woman wildlife TV reporter for National Geographic, she traveled the world, but things still weren't quite wild enough. It was only when Mireya went to Madagascar that things FINALLY got wild enough. This biography of the woman who convinced the prime minister of Madagascar to make the mouse lemur's rain forest a protected national park is an inspiring--and wild story.