What you learn will surprise you!


Zoologist Kay Holekamp is in Kenya, monitoring a den of hyenas. She has been studying hyenas for decades and has shown the world that contrary to popular belief (they bite kids, they stink, they are weird), hyenas are a very smart, brave, and unique species. She has also shown that the hyena is unique compared to the other species. They have their own language, they groom themselves and other members of their den, each clan member has a role, and females rule over males. The authors share their experiences of spending time in Kenya with Kay Holekamp not only learning about hyenas but what it is like to try to study them.

BTSYA / Teen Reader (14):
There are many things that I like about this book. One, the hyena facts. It persuaded me that hyenas are not as bad as they are characterized to be. Second, there is a lot of information about how hyena behaviors are recorded and monitored. However, I didn’t like how short this book is. It is very interesting and I wanted to learn more.

I recommend this book to people ages 13 and older since there were some confusing terms and information in the book. I would definitely recommend this book to someone else.


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Readers fascinated by animals - particularly habitats and behaviors - will find this an amazing book. This is narrative nonfiction, and readers will find themselves as captivated as reading a novel. 

Content Awareness Factors:

There are technical and scientific terms that may be confusing or frustrate some readers.

Type of Book:
This is a narrative nonfiction book about a scientist and her work in Kenya.
Educational Themes:

Aside from collecting lots of data about hyenas, this book offers a detailed study of the scientific process in the real world. Readers may know the "cycle," but exploring uncontrollable factors is something that can be 'parlayed' into a life lesson. 

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
14 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
12 and Up
Age of child:
Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™ . Reviewer’s Age: 14
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow. This is a book you'll read and enjoy, but probably not come back to.

Title The Hyena Scientist

Scientists In the Field

Author Sy Montgomery, Nic Bishop
Publisher Clarion Books © 2018
ISBN 9780544635111
Material Hard Cover
Cost $18.99
Genres Nature, Animal (Nonfiction), Africa | African People
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