Inspiring Change and Real Action in Readers

Plastic, Ahoy! Investigating the Great Pacific Garbage Patch by our own Patricia Newman

Patricia Newman
Author Patricia Newman

and Annie Crawley has not only won too many honors and awards to mention, including the Green Earth Book Award and the Nerdy Book Club Award for middle grade nonfiction, but recently it has inspired readers to take action. Sisters Gabriella and Francesca read the book after being motivated by a pollution unit in school. But these girls didn’t just want to learn about the garbage patch. They wanted to do something to make a difference.

The result?

A video showing their own scientific study. The girls charted and graphed their plastic use (along with the rest of the family) and are using the results to make real changes that will help reduce pollution.

Now that’s what I call inspiring! For the full story, check out Patti’s blog.


Patricia Newman is the author of several fiction and nonfiction trade books, school and library titles, and magazine articles for children, including the upcoming 2017 release, Sea Otter Heroes: The Predators That Saved an Ecosystem; the Green Earth Book Award winner Plastic, Ahoy! Investigating the Great Pacific Garbage Patch; and Ebola: Fears and Facts, a Booklist Editors’ Choice selection and a CRA Eureka! Silver Honor winner. She is also the recipient of the IRA/Sacramento Area Reading Association’s Celebrate Literacy Award. She frequently speaks at schools and

Patricia Newman, “When Readers Heed the Call to Action,” Literacy News, Notes & Musings (blog), June 7, 2016,


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