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Plasticus Maritimus An Invasive Species

Written by Ana Pego, Isabel Minhos Martins

Illustrated by Bernardo P. Cavalho

Key Stage 3 Ecological and Environmental Interest - Non Fiction Non-Fiction

Plasticus Maritimus An Invasive Species Synopsis

When she was young, Ana Pego 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, Pego 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. Pego 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.

Plasticus Maritimus An Invasive Species Press Reviews

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

A marine biologist warns of the impact of invasive plastics on the ocean environment ... presenting a solid introduction to the science and a clear call to action.  - Horn Book Magazine

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

This imaginative guide to ocean plastics pollution ... helps readers identify and understand this new invasive species....[an] important book.  - Omnilibros

While the subject is serious, Plasticus Maritimus is an upbeat read sure to inspire positive action in children and adults alike. - Hakai Magazine

A lively, informative, but also rather scary book that you can absolutely share with your 12-year-old, as well as with a like-minded friend or parent.  - Meridian Star

With beautiful illustrations, easy to understand explanations and a lot to say on the subject, this comprehensive guide to the most invasive man-made species will leave the readers horrified. I grew increasingly sick, and by the end of it, I was committed to hunt down, reduce, erase, and hopefully eradicate the problem once and for all.  - GeekDad

Plasticus Maritimus belongs in every middle school! It's a book that carries its message within the pages literally and figuratively, as well as beyond. The cardboard binding is both beautiful and necessary. As Plasticus Maritimus shows us, the future of book production, like so many other industries, has to be earth-friendly.  - MaryAnn Cappiello, Ed.D., Lesley University

Plasticus Maritimus is truly a pivotal book of our time. Ana's journey to specializing on this topic mirrors many and especially youth we meet all over the world. I can't imagine a better 'field guide' will ever be made that explains the problem, offers alternatives and provides a clear call to action. Bravo Ana!  - Adrian Midwood, Executive Director, Plastic Oceans Canada

Book Information

ISBN: 9781771646437
Publication date: 13th October 2020
Author: Ana Pego, Isabel Minhos Martins
Illustrator: Bernardo P. Cavalho
Publisher: Greystone Books,Canada
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 176 pages
Year Groups: Key Stage 3
Topics: Ecological and Environmental, Non-Fiction

About Ana Pego, Isabel Minhos Martins

Ana Pego 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 Minhos 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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