The Aquitaine Reluctant Reader Series

The books are written for students age 12-16 to satisfy Common Core and high school biology curriculum requirements. They are well documented with source and illustrations credit lists. A list of further readings, with activities is included to amplify further the message that reading is fun.

Our books are available on Kindle for under $3.00

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Looking at the Cat, an Eye on Evolution - Book 1

$ 19.28 USD

The history of the cat goes back much further than the Egyptians, as the reader will find out when reading “Looking at the Cat, An Eye on Evolution”. The book is an overview of Darwin’s Theory of evolution as it relates to the cat. The student not only is exposed to the concepts of evolution but, at the same time, is shown examples of how evolution has progressed and the timeframe during which these changes took place. The book contains 44 pictures, photos and graphs along with 10 sidebars.

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The Coelacanth, the Greatest Fish Story Ever Told - Book 2

$ 15.95 USD

The primitive-looking coelacanth (pronounced SEEL-uh-kanth) was thought to have gone extinct with the dinosaurs 65 million years ago. But its discovery in 1938 by a South African museum curator on a local fishing trawler fascinated the world and ignited a debate about how this bizarre lobe-finned fish fits into the evolution of land animals.

There are only two known species of coelacanths: one that lives near the Comoros Islands off the east coast of Africa, and one found in the waters off Sulawesi, Indonesia. Many scientists believe that the unique characteristics of the coelacanth represent an early step in the evolution of fish to terrestrial four-legged animals like amphibians.


Who Was Macho B and What We Know about Jaguars - Book 3

$ 20.99 USD

Although jaguars are native to Arizona, little is known about the population segment that resides in Mexico and uses southern Arizona and New Mexico as the northern extent of its range. It was thought the species had been extirpated from the state until 1996 when the first jaguar documented since 1986 was photographed by a southern Arizona rancher/mountain lion hunter. After capture, collar and release, a web of intrigue surrounded death of the only jaguar in Arizona, Macho B.

The Making of the Grand Canyon - Book 5

$ 15.99 USD

Grand Canyon attracts the attention of the world for many reasons, but perhaps its greatest significance lies in the geologic record that is so beautifully preserved and exposed here. The rocks at Grand Canyon are not inherently unique; similar rocks are found throughout the world. What is unique about the geologic record at Grand Canyon is the great variety of rocks present, the clarity with which they're exposed, and the complex geologic story they tell. This book tells the story of its marvels from beginning to now in words and pictures.

Deserts of the World - Book 7

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$ 11.95 USD

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Fire in the Trees - Book 4

$ 17.53 USD

Find out how some fires in the forest can help trees. Given additional light, new trees can sprout from seeds and grow to be saplings. Believe it or not, some cones need fire to open and spill their seeds. Conifers are different from other trees, though. Would you like to work in the forest, among the trees? This book will tell you how you could be a forester.

The California Condor, "The Big Ugly" - Book 6

$ 15.99 USD

The spectacular but endangered California condor is the largest bird in North America. These superb gliders travel widely to feed on carcasses of deer, pigs, cattle, sea lions, whales, and other animals. Pairs nest in caves high on cliff faces. The population fell to just 22 birds in the 1980s, but there are now some 230 free-flying birds in California, Arizona, and Baja California with another 160 in captivity. Lead poisoning remains a severe threat to their long-term prospects. Read their story here.