Plastic, ahoy! : investigating the great Pacific garbage patch (#0882EL7)

by Newman, Patricia

7 reviews & awards | 5 full-text reviews

Hardcover (library binding) Millbrook Press, 2014
Price: USD 23.04
Description: 48 pages : color illustrations, color map ; 24 x 28 cm
Dewey: 363.738; Audience: Upper Elementary; Reading Level: 6.3
AR 6.1 MG 1 164144EN; RC 6.2 4; LEX 900L
From the publisher: Grades 3-6; Ages 8-12
From Booklist: Grades 4-8; Kirkus: Ages 10-15; SLJ: Gr 4-8


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Product Overview
From Follett

Includes bibliographical references (pages 44-46) and index. Follows a team of researchers investigating the great Pacific garbage patch, and examines the effects of plastic waste on marine life.

From the Publisher

Plastic: it's used to make everything from drink bottles and bags to toys and toothbrushes. But what happens when it ends up where it doesn't belong--like in the Pacific Ocean? How does it affect ocean life? Is it dangerous? And exactly how much is out there?

A team of researchers went on a scientific expedition to find out. They explored the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, where millions of pieces of plastic have collected. The plastic has drifted there from rivers, beaches, and ocean traffic all over the world. Most of it has broken down into tiny pieces the size of confetti.

For nearly three weeks at sea, researchers gathered bits of plastic and ocean organisms. These samples helped them learn more about the effects of plastic in the ocean. Follow along on the expedition to find out how scientists studied the Garbage Patch--and what alarming discoveries they made.

Product Details
  • Publisher: Millbrook Press
  • Publication Date: January 1, 2014
  • Format: Hardcover (library binding)
  • Dewey: 363.738
  • Classifications: Nonfiction
  • Description: 48 pages : color illustrations, color map ; 24 x 28 cm
  • Tracings: Crawley, Annie, photographer.
  • ISBN-10: 1-46771-283-3
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-46771-283-5
  • LCCN: 2013-017773
  • Follett Number: 0882EL7
  • Reading Level: 6.3
  • Audience: Upper Elementary
  • Grades: 3-6
  • Ages: 8-12
  • Booklist: Grades 4-8
  • Kirkus: Ages 10-15
  • School Library Journal: Gr 4-8
  • ATOS Book Level: 6.1
  • AR Interest Level: MG
  • AR Points: 1
  • AR Quiz: 164144EN
  • Reading Counts Level: 6.2
  • Reading Counts Points: 4
  • Lexile: 900L

Reviews & Awards
  • Booklist, 02/15/14
  • Horn Book Guide, 10/01/14
  • Kirkus Reviews, 02/01/14
  • Library Media Connection, 11/01/14
  • School Library Journal, 04/01/14
  • Science Books & Films (AAAS), 12/16/14
  • Science and Children (NSTA), 06/01/14

Full-Text Reviews
Booklist (February 15, 2014 (Vol. 110, No. 12))
Grades 4-8. Plastic has become a staple of material culture in the modern world, but few people give much thought to the countless pounds of waste they discard each day. Discovered in 1997, the Great Pacific Garbage Patch is a wide swath of postconsumer plastic waste that is found at the confluence of four major ocean currents in a vast area known as the North Pacific Central Gyre. This photojournalistic book follows three young female scientists living and working aboard a small research ship that was part of the Scripps Environmental Accumulation of Plastics Expedition. It details the researchers’ process of developing a hypothesis, collecting evidence, and designing experiments to learn more about the impact of the Garbage Patch on marine life. The book is replete with Crawley’s dynamic photos of both the scientists at work and the challenges of life aboard a tiny research boat. Newman successfully summarizes all of their complex research findings into straightforward and doable tips for minimizing environmental impact. An engaging and worthwhile read, this will surely make young readers think twice about their trash.

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