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    Plastic, Ahoy!
    Investigating the Great Pacific Garbage Patch
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    By: Patricia Newman Illustrated By: Annie Crawley
    ©2014
    ISBN-13: 978-1-4677-1283-5
    AR Quiz #: 164144
    AR Points: 1.00
    ATOS Level: 6.10
    Lexile Level: 900
    SRC Reading Level: 6.2
    Pages: 48
    Trim Size: 10 5/8 x 8 7/8
    Dewey: 363.738
    Reading Grade Level: 4
    Interest Grade Level: 3-6
    Ages: 8-12
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    DESCRIPTION Patricia Newman
    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.


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    Free Online Content, Full-Color Photographs, Further Reading, Glossary, Index, Maps, Table of Contents, Websites
    About the Author
    Patricia Newman has a passion for uncovering fascinating aspects about our world and crafting books that lead children on an adventure of discovery. She gravitates toward stories about animals and conservation science and enjoys sharing her excitement with readers. Books include Junior Library Guild Selections Zoo Scientists to the Rescue and Sea Otter Heroes: The Predators That Saved an Ecosystem; Ebola: Fears and Facts, a Booklist Editor's Choice and an ACL Distinguished Book; Plastic, Ahoy! Investigating the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a Green Earth Book Award winner and finalist for the AAAS/Subaru Science Books and Film Award. She frequently speaks at schools, libraries, and conferences about writing and conservation. She lives in Northern California. Visit her at www.patriciamnewman.com.
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    About the Illustrator
    Annie Crawley, aka Ocean Annie, travels and works around the world. Trained as a photo and broadcast journalist, her work has been broadcast and published worldwide. From Indonesia to Galapagos, Belize to Papua New Guinea, India to Australia, Annie has explored and documented life on our planet. Based in Seattle, Annie works as a producer, writer, photographer, and motivational speaker. She founded Dive Into Your Imagination, a multimedia company producing books, enhanced eBooks, educator guides, films, motivational art, and more. Annie was the photographer and filmmaker aboard SEAPLEX sponsored by Project Kaisei and Samy's Camera. Annie specializes in the underwater realm and also works as a photo, video, and scuba diving instructor. She is a member of the Women Divers Hall of Fame and created a dive team for kids and teens. Visit her online at www.AnnieCrawley.com and www.anniecrawleyphotography.com.
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    Awards for this Title
    AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books
    Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year
    Great Lakes Great Books Award
    Green Earth Book Award
    Junior Library Guild Selection
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    "Captivating, captioned photographs from the ship's voyage fill each page. Vivid and detailed diagrams provide further details to the studies." —Library Media Connection
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