Lights Out in the Reptile House

Author: Jim Shepard
Publisher: Open Road Media
ISBN: 1504026691
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A shy and apolitical herpetologist-in-training finds the weight of history bearing down on him as the effects of repression ramp up in his country In an unspecified country that combines elements of Chile under its military regime, South Africa under apartheid, and Italy under fascism, fifteen-year-old Karel Roeder asks only to be left alone to learn from Albert, his mentor at the zoo’s reptile house, and to devote himself to his girlfriend, Leda. But both Leda and Albert lead him into increasingly proscribed areas of thought and speech, and thus into conflict with a newly ascendant party that intends to prosecute a border war against an officially despised ethnic group and criminalize dissent. Citizens have been disappearing and surveillance in the name of safety has become all-pervasive. When Kehr, a special assistant of the civil guard, billets himself at Karel’s house for unknown reasons, Karel finds his already tenuous hold on his own innocence crushed as Kehr—tribune, inquisitor, and metaphysician of terror—instructs his unwilling protégé in those moments when history is let off the leash. Lights Out in the Reptile House is at once a dystopian political parable, a meditation on totalitarianism, and a moving coming-of-age story, as its protagonist struggles to understand his own values and meaning even in the most extreme of crucibles.

Reptile House

Author: Robin McLean
Publisher: BOA Editions
ISBN: 9781938160653
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With characters trapped by blind ambitions and toxic relationships, these stories probe the dark underbelly of human nature and want.

Miles and Miles of Reptiles

Author: Tish Rabe
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 0375828842
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Explores the world of reptiles, including shared characteristics, basic information about each group, and unusual facts about individual species.

Landscape with Reptile

Author: Thomas Palmer
Publisher: University of Georgia Press
ISBN: 0820354112
Format: PDF
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In this entertaining book, first published in 1992, Thomas Palmer introduces us to a community of rattlesnakes nestled in the heart of the urban Northeast. Recognizing the unexpected proximity of rattlers in our urban environs, he examines the ecology, evolution, folklore, New England history, and American culture that surround this native species.

Joan Procter Dragon Doctor

Author: Patricia Valdez
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 0399557253
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Looks at the inspiring story of Joan Procter, a pioneering female scientist who loved reptiles.

Stolen World

Author: Jennie Erin Smith
Publisher: Crown
ISBN: 0307720268
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Tortoises disappear from a Madagascar reserve and reappear in the Bronx Zoo. A dead iguana floats in a jar, awaiting its unveiling in a Florida court. A viper causes mayhem from Ethiopia to Virginia. In Stolen World, Jennie Erin Smith takes the reader on an unforgettable journey, a dark adventure over five decades and six continents. In 1965, Hank Molt, a young cheese salesman from Philadelphia, reinvented himself as a “specialist dealer in rare fauna,” traveling the world to collect exquisite reptiles for zoos and museums. By the end of the decade that followed, new endangered species laws had turned Molt into a convicted smuggler, and an unrepentant one, who went on to provide many of the same rare reptiles to many of the same institutions, covertly. But Molt soon found a rival in Tommy Crutchfield, a Florida carpet salesman with every intention of usurping Molt as the most accomplished reptile smuggler in the country. Like Molt, Crutchfield had modeled himself after an earlier generation of natural-history collectors celebrated for their service to science, an ideal that, for Molt and Crutchfield, eclipsed the realities of the new wildlife-protection laws. Zoo curators, caught between a desire for rare animals and the conservation-minded focus of their institutions, became the smugglers’ antagonists in court but also their best customers, sometimes simultaneously. Crutchfield forged ties with a criminally inclined Malaysian wildlife trader and emerged a millionaire, beloved by some of the finest zoos in the world. Molt, following a string of inventive but disastrous smuggling schemes in New Guinea, was reduced to hanging around Crutchfield’s Florida compound, plotting Crutchfield’s demise. The fallout from their feud would result in a major federal investigation with tentacles in Germany, Madagascar, Holland, and Malaysia. And yet even after prison, personal ruin, and the depredations of age, Molt and Crutchfield never stopped scheming, never stopped longing for the snake or lizard that would earn each his rightful place in a world that had forgotten them—or rather, had never recognized them to begin with.

Smart Kids Reptiles

Author: Roger Priddy
Publisher: Priddy Books
ISBN: 1684490197
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Close-up photographs of reptiles and other fascinating creatures Large format book Great for school projects

Wild Reptiles

Author: Chris Kratt
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 0553507753
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Uses basic vocabulary and skill-building short sentences in an educational reader that finds zoologists Chris and Martin donning their Creature Power Suits to creep, crawl and slither alongside amazing reptiles. Simultaneous and eBook. TV tie-in.

Reptile Park

Author: Terry J. Jennings
ISBN: 9781848353930
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Animal conservation is an important issue and these great guides teach young children all about animals that live in sanctuaries, as well as endangered species and animal habitats.