Transatlantic is excited to announce that THE MUSEUM OF ODD BODY LEFTOVERS by Rachel Poliquin and illustrated by Clayton Hanmer has won in the children’s category of the 2022 Science Writers and Communicators of Canada (SWCC) Awards!

For over 20 years, the Science Writers and Communicators of Canada (SWCC) has recognized outstanding contributions to science writing with the annual SWCC Book Awards. In 2023, SWCC introduced its newest award: the Paradigm Prize for Underrepresented Perspectives in Science Writing.  As an organization, SWCC recognizes the need to expand the landscape of science communication and better represent the diversity of contributors across our community. It is our hope that this type of paradigm shift will help to foster a more inclusive environment for science writers in Canada and abroad. 

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A perfect STEM resource: This illustrated tour of our “leftover” body parts (like the appendix, or even goosebumps) introduces readers age 7-11 to the bizarre and fascinating science of evolution. 

Welcome to the weirdest museum you’ll ever explore—the one inside your body. 

Did you know your amazing, incredible body is a walking, talking museum of evolution? In The Museum of Odd Body Leftovers, tour guides Wisdom Tooth and Disappearing Kidney lead readers through a wacky museum dedicated to vestigial structures: body parts that were essential to our ancestors but are no longer useful to us—even though they’re still hanging around. 

From goosebumps and hiccups to exploding organs and monkey muscles, each room in the museum shows us that these parts have stories to tell us about our past. By the time we make it to the gift shop, we’ll understand that evolution is not only messy and imperfect, but also ongoing. Our bodies are constantly changing along with the environment we live in—and there’s so much that is still unknown, just waiting to be discovered. 

Engaging, hilarious, and a visual treat, The Museum of Odd Body Leftovers is a place you’ll want to visit again and again.

Rachel Poliquin writes about animals, mostly.  She is the author of multiple books for children including The Superpower Field Guides, The Polite Predator Series, and The Strangest Thing in the Sea.  She lives in Vancouver with her husband and three children.

Clayton Hanmer (aka CTON) has illustrated several children’s books, including Trending: How and Why Stuff Gets Popular and Dog vs Ultra Dog. His award-winning comic art has also appeared in, among others, National Geographic Kids, the New York Times, and Today’s Parent. He lives in Bloomfield, Ontario.

Rachel is represented by Amy Tompkins, and Clayton is represented by Fiona Kenshole.