The Frog Scientist

Hardback ISBN 978-0618717163; paperback ISBN 978-0547576985
* AAAS/Subaru SB&F Science Writing Prize
* An American Library Association Notable Book
* Cybils Young Adult Nonfiction Award
* A Junior Library Guild Selection
* Horn Book starred review
* Booklist starred review
* School Library Journal starred review
* National Green Earth Honor Award
* Booklist Top Ten Sci-Tech Book for Youth
* Book Links Lasting Connections
* CCBC (Cooperative Children's Book Center) Choices
* Booklist Editor's Choice
* Capitol Choice Selection
* Orbis Pictus Honor Award

The Horn Book starred review:
"The latest volume in the Scientists in the Field series introduces us to Dr. Tyrone Hayes, who researches the effects of pesticides on frog development as one possible cause of the rapid decline in amphibian populations around the world, a phenomenon not yet fully explained. Hayes comes across as both a dedicated scientist and a regular person, willing to work hard in pursuit of his scientific work yet quick to laugh and joke with his family and the graduate students he mentors. The result is one of the most compelling portraits of a scientific career the series has produced."

Booklist starred review:
"Turner portrays Hayes as both a colorful personality and a dedicated scientist...A vivid, realistic view of one scientist at work."

Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books starred review:
“. . . a nifty narrative that conveys science in action, offers some insight into environmental damage, and provides a vivid portrait of an energetic and charismatic (and hunky) young scientist who’s clearly inspiring students to take an interest in the field...useful as an introduction to the creation and execution of an experiment, and it will therefore be invaluable in science classes.”

School Library Journal starred review:
"Being raised in then strictly segregated Columbia, SC, couldn’t keep a smart young African-American man out of college, even prestigious Harvard University...Turner’s lucid text and Comins’s clear color photos follow Hayes’s developing career to his present respected place as a gifted member of the scientific community. Researching the effects of atrazine-contaminated water on vulnerable amphibians, he is surrounded by the “Frog Squad,” a group of enthusiastic students pouncing on frogs in ponds or collecting careful data in the lab. Grinning from pierced ear to pierced ear (and that is a story in itself), the genial scientist nurtures his assistants, encouraging their enthusiasms while demanding serious work...this new addition to a stellar series opens an upbeat window to the adult application of youthful enthusiasms."

Common Sense Media review:
"This is no dry book on frog life cycles. Author Pamela S. Turner skillfully weaves together many threads into a smooth, cohesive, irresistible story. On one level, it’s a mystery about the decline in frog populations and researchers’ scramble to understand it. On another level, it’s a textbook on how to undertake scientific research to tackle real-world problems. And finally, it’s an engaging, nuanced biography portraying scientist Tyrone Hayes as a child, a student, a father, a mentor, and a scientist. Turner touches on everything from segregation and racism to achieving consensus in the scientific community to nurturing a team. There’s the big picture (how to test a hypothesis, for example) and satisfying detail (how to prepare slides of frog tissue, and why Hayes celebrates the Fifth of July). The well-organized text is complemented by vibrant photographs and a wealth of supplemental material for further exploration."