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Plasticus Maritimus: An Invasive Species

Plasticus Maritimus: An Invasive Species

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"Clever...beguiling....Readers age 11 and older are likely to finish this book feeling both persuaded and uplifted. Beauty has a way of doing that."
--Wall Street Journal

For young readers comes an imaginative guide to ocean plastics, filled with tips and tricks for identifying--and combating--pollution in our oceans.

Inspired by biologist AnaP go's life's work, and filled with engaging science and colorful photographs, this foundational look at plastic pollution in the ocean explains why it is such an urgent contemporary issue.

When she was young, Ana P go didn't play in a backyard, but on a beach. She walked along the shore, looked at tide pools, and collected fossils. As she grew older, P go noticed a new species at the seaside: plastic. She decided to collect it, study it, and give it a Latin name--Plasticus maritimus--to warn people of its dangers to our planet.

P go tells us how plastics end up in our rivers, lakes, and oceans, shares plastic's chemical composition and physical properties, and offers a field guide to help readers identify and understand this new invasive species in all its forms, from the obvious (fishing nets and water bottles) to the unfamiliar (tiny, clear particles called microplastics). Finally, she offers a critical look at our current "solutions" to plastic contamination and in her most important proposal--REVOLUTIONIZE--calls for deep changes in our habits, motivating young and old alike to make a difference, together. An artificial and almost indestructible species, Plasticus maritimus deserves to have its days numbered Together, we can send it packing.

"A cleverly conceived and comprehensive introduction to a serious issue."-- Kirkus Reviews

Honorable Mention--Bologna Ragazzi Award.

Published in Partnership with the David Suzuki Institute.



Author: Ana Pego, Isabel Minhós Martins
Publisher: Greystone Kids
Published: 08/23/2021
Pages: 176
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.80lbs
Size: 8.19h x 5.98w x 0.63d
ISBN: 9781771646451
Audience: Young Adult

Review Citation(s):
Kirkus Reviews 07/01/2020 pg. 135

About the Author

Ana Pêgo is a marine biologist and is involved in environmental education projects that combine science and art to raise people's awareness about the need to conserve the ocean. She created Plasticus Maritimus -- an ongoing project and Facebook page, where she gives regular updates on her findings.

Isabel Minhós Martins graduated in Communication Design from Lisbon College of Fine Arts and co-founder of the Portuguese publisher Planeta Tangerina. She the author of numerous books, including When I Was Born.

Bernardo P. Cavalho is an award-winning illustrator and co-founder of the Portuguese publisher, Planeta Tangerina.

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