One Million Oysters on Top of the Mountain

One Million Oysters on Top of the Mountain

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Come closer and look at these rocks: they're not normal stones at all They're thousands and thousands of mollusks, fossilized together in the sediment. But how did a million oysters ever land on top of a mountain?

Written by a geologist, this inquisitive journey guides readers through the movements of seas, strata, and tectonic plates. The landscapes of the present can be clues to events in the past. Lush, atmospheric illustrations offer fascinating details to discover, and sidebars and an extensive glossary provide intriguing connections to marine biology and scientific history.

A compelling introduction to earth science, this book will encourage readers to ask questions, think critically, and embrace their curiosity about the natural world.

Author: Alex Nogués
Publisher: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Published: 09/28/2021
Pages: 48
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.00lbs
Size: 11.35h x 9.15w x 0.40d
ISBN: 9780802855695
Audience: Ages 9-12

Review Citation(s):
Kirkus Reviews 09/01/2021
Publishers Weekly 09/27/2021
Horn Book Magazine 11/01/2021 pg. 134
Booklist 11/01/2021 pg. 52

About the Author
Alex Nogués is a writer and geologist specializing in groundwater and paleontology. As a twelve-year-old, Alex found his first fossil--a clam fifty miles away from the sea. Later, as an adult, he discovered a previously unknown fossilized organism, which was named Alexina papyracea in his honor. Alex has written or illustrated over sixty books, including Stories in a Seashell (StarBerry Books). He lives in Spain with his family.

Miren Asiain Lora is the illustrator of Hello, Earth! and A Good Day (both Eerdmans). She studied fine arts at the University of the Basque Country, and her artwork has been shown in several exhibitions in Spain, Argentina, Italy, and Mexico. In her illustrations, she works to capture the magic of everyday life. Miren lives in Spain. Visit her website at

Lawrence Schimel is an author, anthologist, publisher, and translator of books in both Spanish and English. His works have received many awards, including the SCBWI Crystal Kite Award, a PEN Translates Award, and the GLIL Best Translated YA Book Honor. Lawrence lives in Madrid, Spain, and New York City. Follow him on Twitter @lawrenceschimel.