Journey into the Deep


Journey Deep Cover

Millbrook Press 2011







Prepare to explore the ocean from sunlit shallows to the deepest, darkest depths. Along the way, you’ll meet many incredible creatures that are brand-new to science, discovered by scientists who took part in the 10-year Census of Marine Life. Dive to a coral reef and spot a new species of pygmy octopus. Travel deeper and discover fragile, nearly transparent jellies as they drift past. Then head down into a world of eternal night, populated by some of the strangest animals on Earth.




 Benjamin Franklin Award

Orbis Pictus Award

Junior Library Guild Selection

Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Books

Society of School Librarians International Book Award

Children’s Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children’s Book of the Year

VOYA Nonfiction Honor List

National Science Teachers Association Recommended



STARRED REVIEW, Kirkus Reviews  This strikingly illustrated book takes its readers on a series of research voyages exploring the ocean from its shallow edges to unfathomable depths during the recently completed ten-year International Census of Marine Life. . . . Rich, revealing and rewarding.   Read full review 


Library Media Connection  Explore the vast ocean alongside scientists from around the world, navigating the various zones and discovering fascinating and often never-before-seen ocean creatures in this appealing title about the research of the Census of Marine Life….Ocean fans will devour this book!   Read full review


Booklist  This heavily illustrated title contains a wealth of information about the fascinating science of ocean life….students will find the remaining mysteries as compelling as the facts.   Read full review


NSTA Recommended  The author puts the reader into the story to work alongside the scientist.   Read full review


Pink Me  Everything about this book is designed to evoke the mystery and allure of the depths….I can’t think of a better way to reel a kid into an obsession with marine life, especially any kid who has read the sparkling Dark Life by Kat Falls. Rich, relevant, interdisciplinary, brainy and tactile at the same time – you can say that about the area of study and about this book.   Read full review


The Horn Book Guide  Drawing on findings from the decade-long Census of Marine Life, Johnson travels down into the ocean’s depths, explaining living conditions in various zones and regions as well as the sophisticated technologies of data collection. Excellent color photographs showcase fascinating marine organisms and the scientists who found them.


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STARRED REVIEW, Kirkus Reviews  Well-designed digital bells and whistles boost Johnson’s already first-rate print dive past marine biology’s frontiers (2010) to the next level. ….A fascinating step-by-step descent into the still largely unexplored “living minestrone” in which our planet is enfolded, with special features that enhance rather than distract.   Read full review