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Three scientists are on a mission to study a massive accumulation of plastic in the Pacific Ocean, AKA the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. The scientific method unfolds as they conduct their investigation. Their adventures introduce readers to the basics of ocean science and the hazards of plastics.--Green Earth Book Award--Junior Library Guild Selection--AAAS/Subaru SB&FThree scientists are on a mission to study a massive accumulation of plastic in the Pacific Ocean, AKA the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. The scientific method unfolds as they conduct their investigation. Their adventures introduce readers to the basics of ocean science and the hazards of plastics.--Green Earth Book Award--Junior Library Guild Selection--AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books, finalist--Banks Street College Best Children's Book of the Year--Nerdy Book Club Award winner for middle-grade nonfiction--Recommended by NSTA--Authors for Earth Day Eco-Book of the Month...

Title : Plastic, Ahoy!: Investigating the Great Pacific Garbage Patch
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ISBN : 9781467712835
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 48 Pages
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Plastic, Ahoy!: Investigating the Great Pacific Garbage Patch Reviews

  • Donalyn
    2019-02-03 19:06

    Great book to pair with Tracking Trash and Eyes Wide Open.

  • T Crockett
    2019-02-18 14:00

    The images are terrific. This book is more about how these scientists conducted their research, than plastic in the ocean. It raises many questions which remain unanswered at the end of the book. A good book for sharing how science is conducted.

  • Marybet Hudson
    2019-02-08 15:12

    I can't wait to share this book with my 5th grade class. I think the information is compelling, though the research wasn't finished, so there are lots of questions and very few concrete answers.

  • Katie
    2019-02-11 12:03

    Check out my review of Patricia's book from American Scientist magazine!

  • Amanda Walz
    2019-02-21 10:47

    The book is a little dry to read but full of valuable information. It left me with many questions and a strong drive to be as conscience as I can about the amount of plastic I use. It's very scary to consider what this garbage patch is doing to our world. I know I need to do my part and reduce the amount of plastic I use.

  • Lynn
    2019-01-28 13:14

    As an inspiration to future scientists, this book introduces youngsters to an interesting study of the effect of plastics in the ocean.I’m curious why the author chose these three female scientists to spotlight when there were four other students on the cruise. I wonder who the volunteers were and what other research the ship supports. Each page is nicely set against a pale sea green background. Some of the side bars are presented within the outline of a common plastic bottle. Diagrams help explain photosynthesis and the ocean food web and a map shows the study area. Maps of the world’s other four gyres would also be helpful. Chapters on each of the three scientists introduce them in ways that youngsters can relate to. Clever headings included ‘plastic puzzles,’ and ‘munching microbes,’ as well as incorporation of nautical terms. “Permission to come aboard, Captain?” and “Charting the Answers” are both chapter titles.A number of statements left me wondering, such as why did the crew dissect the dorado they caught to eat? One statement says that phytoplankton are in all water, but later seawater is used in I had to reread many sections to try to understand what was being described, and often went back and forth between sections to get a clearer picture. Maybe I’m just not a scientist. I’ll be curious to see how my science-loving students react to this book, as there are descriptions of how scientists make and test hypothesis, and how their research often creates more questions.Numerous colorful photos of the trip are included, but many are confusing. Even with the captions, I had difficulty seeing what described. The text says the quadrat is 3x3 feet, but the one shown in the photo looks more like 15 inches. The glossary could be more extensive, as there are many new words to youngsters, such as ‘gyre’ - and it could include the pronounciation. The index is extremely wanting, missing many organizations and creatures mentioned in the book: Ojingo Labs, Project Kaisei, salps (how big are they?) and diatoms. With the last chapter’s emphasis on changing our plastic-dependency habits, I’m surprised that the author did not find a way to include mention of Rachel Carson.

  • Roberta Gibson
    2019-02-07 19:02

    Have you heard about the huge patches of plastic debris that have accumulated in our oceans?Plastic, Ahoy!: Investigating the Great Pacific Garbage Patch by Patricia Newman, with photographs by Annie Crawley is a middle grade book that follows three young graduate students who take a voyage in 2009 to observe and sample the patch that has formed in the northern Pacific. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch was not discovered until 1997, although it has probably been in existence much longer than that. No one knows how much plastic debris is in the patch or what it is doing to the ocean ecosystem. Miriam Goldstein, Chelsea Rochman, and Darcy Taniguchi were at the forefront of some of the first discoveries, including that most of the plastic is broken bits the size of “confetti.” Not what you would probably visualize at all.Author Patricia Newman keeps the text interesting for young children by including details that might intrigue them, for example recounting how the soda machine breaks down during the trip and how the team pulls a smelly dead squid onto the boat. Newman also spends time explaining how each of the graduate students developed her individual interest in science. Young readers will probably be able to relate to wading in tide pools, trips to Monterey Bay Aquarium or picking up trash for Earth Day.The color photographs by Annie Crawley from the actual expedition make you feel like you are right there on the boat. The photos make this book, capturing all the action right down to that broken soda machine.Plastic, Ahoy!: Investigating the Great Pacific Garbage Patch is an exciting and relevant introduction to modern marine science. You will want to share it with children interested in marine biology, chemistry or conservation. It would make perfect reading for Earth Day (April 22, 2014) or World Ocean Day (June 8, 2014). It would be a useful addition to a unit on the environment as well, particularly the marine ecosystem.For a related review, with the book trailer and suggested activities, see Growing with Science.

  • Sharon Tyler
    2019-02-15 17:14

    Plastic, Ahoy!: Investigating the Great Pacific Garbage Patch by Patricia Newman, with photography by Annie Crawley, is a children's non fiction book about a scientific expedition known as SEAPLEX. A team of scientists set out to study a massive accumulation of plastic in the Pacific Ocean known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. They have a lot of questions about the plastic. How does it affect ocean life? Is it dangerous? And exactly how much is out there? The team of researchers use the scientific method to conduct their investigation and their adventures introduce readers to the basics of ocean science and the hazards of plastics.Plastic, Ahoy! is a narrative nonfiction book for children, that adults and teens can certainly get a lot out of reading as well. The book details the lives and discoveries of researchers for nearly three weeks at sea. They gathered bits of plastic and ocean organisms and studied the samples, which helped them learn more about the effects of plastic in the ocean and sometimes raised even more troubling questions. Readers follow along on the expedition to find out how scientists studied the Garbage Patch, and what discoveries they made. The photography brings the reader into the adventure and makes them see that everything on the pages is real, not just a story to caution them about recycling and litter.Plastic, Ahoy! does not avoid using some complex language and ideas, but does includes a glossary, bibliography, and suggestions for further reading. It would be appropriate for older elementary school readers and older, including adults. I liked that there was no talking down to the intended audience, instead offering to increase their knowledge base and understanding. I believe that the book would be a good classroom or homeschooling tool for fostering discussions about the ocean, Earth Day, recycling, ecosystems, and many more science topics.

  • Joan
    2019-02-18 14:52

    I read and wrote this while pretty tired so I may have to revise this later. This was recommended to me at ALA and I can see why. It is a very approachable look at what plastic is doing to the ocean and life within the ocean (quick summary: nothing good!). It follows several graduate students as they take a boat out to the Great Plastic Garbage Patch to do research on the plastic there in the gyre. This was a new word for me but the book explained it as the interior of a location surrounded by several ocean currents. Hawaii is inside the North Pacific Central Gyre, as is this plastic garbage patch. It follows the students on their trip and showed how they carried out several different experiments. It also showed how one student after doing this trip had a change in the direction of the research so left that specific research question unfinished and the author mentioned that is not uncommon in science where the study leads you in a different direction, leaving original research unfinished. I had not realized what a huge amount of oxygen is produced by phytoplankton! Enough that the loss of the phytoplankton could have a significant effect on the amount of oxygen on this earth! The photos are excellent, and the text is excellent. I have problems with some of the colors and sizes of the font used. I also felt that the glossary was not as complete as it could be. Gyre, for example, is not in the glossary I supposed since it is extensively explained in the text. Nonetheless, it should have been in the glossary as well. This book was really well put together and very approachable for kids. For example, it mentioned one of the scientists' epiphany that a career in oceanography could involve all the squishy smelly stuff she found so fascinating which took place in ninth grade. This is a great book to hand a kid who seems to have interest in the ocean life as a career possibility.

  • Annette
    2019-02-03 19:00

    PLASTIC AHOY! INVESTIGATING THE GREAT PACIFIC GARBAGE PATCH by Patricia Newman tells the story of scientists investigating the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. The narrative unfolds as a mystery being solved by a team of scientists lead by three female researchers.Written for grades 4-8, this highly illustrated work of nonfiction contains photographs, diagrams, and a map to help readers understand the science behind the exciting research project. Up-close photos show scientific experiments in action. “Trash Talk” sidebars provide important insights into the the scientific method being employed and the problem of plastic pollution. The book concludes with ideas for how youth can take action in their own community. Notes and ideas for further reading round out this excellent educational resource.Similar in style to the SCIENTISTS IN THE FIELD series popular with older children, this book is a great way to introduce younger readers to the world of science and scientists. It will be a popular addition to the school library collection.Go the Five Gyres Institute at and the NOAA Marine Debris website for lots of background information.For more visual information about the garbage patch, do a Google Images Search to locate dozens of visual containing maps and infographics such as the one at at Ask students to pick the visual that they think best represents the problem and explain why.To learn more about the book’s author, go to Her blog contains lots of book extension ideas. Go to http://www.patricianewmanbooks.blogsp....

  • Suzanne
    2019-01-21 15:07

    This type of narrative nonfiction is perfect for capturing the attention of young readers. The vivid color photos add more interest to a story that is fascinating all on its own. Plastic, Ahoy! tells about a scientific expedition to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and the researchers who were on the voyage. Each of the featured researchers focused on a different question,such as how the plastic floating in the ocean affects phytoplankton. General questions guided their initial study, but as they worked they refined or even changed the questions they were asking. Descriptions of the boat's size and layout, the equipment used, and maps of the area that was explored are provided as part of the story.Young ocean lovers and environmentally conscious readers will be drawn in to the myriad ways that plastic impacts the area that was studied. The details of the journey cover the scientific method, food chains, photosynthesis, and many other concepts that relate to science lessons in all grade levels. The social aspect of man's impact on the environment is readily evident, but the book also includes practical ideas for cutting down on plastic usage or raising awareness. There is a list of book and websites for further reading and a useful glossary and index are provided. This would make a good addition to any school library.I read an e-book provided by the publisher through NetGalley.

  • Laura Salas
    2019-02-11 15:05

    It was fun to get a bird's-eye view of an ocean expedition to investigate the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. When I was a kid growing up in Florida, I wanted to be a marine biologist--at least for awhile. This book let me ride along and see how a group of scientists explore the North Pacific Central Gyre, where ocean currents deliver and trap tons of plastic litter. How does the plastic affect marine life? How does it affect life on Earth? Those are the questions researchers had in mind on this three-week voyage.We see how they catch the plastic and sea life, what obstacles they face, what kinds of experiments they do back home, etc. And we learn that there are no fast or easy answers to big questions like these. Instead, as with much science today, it is the accretion of data, of ideas, of experiments, of measurements and counts, that will hopefully lead to big-picture solutions in the future.A great resource for looking at the scientific method, especially, and one that will make kids (and grown-ups) think twice about all the plastic trash they're creating. Put this on your shelf next to Loree Griffin Burns' TRACKING TRASH and get kids interested in science, environmentalism, and discovery.

  • M.
    2019-02-02 18:03

    Another short informational book full of photographs, sidebars, and diagrams, this time about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. This is a 7-9 million square mile accumulation of whole, broken, and pulverized plastic toothbrushes, fishing nets, buoys, water bottles, ropes, etc., caught in a huge mass mid-Pacific Ocean roughly north of the Hawaiian Islands and stretching from west of San Diego and Oregon east almost to Japan and Indonesia.The narrative follows three (female) PdD students and other staff and volunteers on an ocean expedition sponsored by the Scripps Institute out of San Diego. The researchers are looking at how much plastic there is, how these plastics affect ocean life and especially microscopic organisms, and how the entire food web is affected. (Ultimately this means what it does to people since many people rely on ocean fish and other ocean creatures as a primary source of food.)Very interesting, well illustrated, well documented, and presenting a small view of a part of life on earth that most of us have very little or no concept of. 4th grade and up, probably especially girls since the PhD students are all women.

  • Shaeley Santiago
    2019-02-06 17:02

    This book follows three researchers on a SEAPLEX expedition to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in the North Pacific Central Gyre. One scientist was studying how the plastic impacted the rafting community ("tiny organisms that hitch rides on plastic pieces"), another studied phytoplankton and how they were affected by all the plastic pieces floating in the ocean, and the third scientist studied the chemicals leached out of the plastic and how those chemicals affected ocean life. There were actual photos from the expedition on nearly every page including several cases where pieces of plastic they found in the garbage patch were photographed.The book also gives some suggestions of what kids can do to related to plastic trash in the ocean and some information about other books and websites. I remembered another children's book I've read on this topic called . It was also mentioned in the resources at the back of this book.

  • Raina
    2019-02-07 15:49

    In the middle of the Pacific Ocean is a giant pile of garbage. Scientists have studied the phenomenon, and the creators of this book journeyed to witness science in action. They focus on three scientists, and show some of the methods of study. Text is broken up with plentiful photographs of things found in the ocean and the scientists at work. Maps display how all that garbage got there. This phenomenon in the world deserves all the publicity it can get, and the straightforward approach here is perfectly accessible to upper elementary and middle school students. Important for most collections serving youth. \\pro reviewTook this out to elementary schools in 2015. The Pacific Garbage Patch is a fascinating, tragic phenomenon of the modern world. It's a very concrete outcome of the way we live. And the children need to know about it.Read with:Great Pacific Volume 1: Trashed!

  • Stephanie
    2019-01-30 14:47

    "Offers a wake-up call for the way we leave our footprint even on remote places of the Earth."Join a scientific expedition in the Pacific Ocean! Follow scientists on a three week journey to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch; a gyre in the in Pacific Ocean where a lot of human waste especially plastics have gathered.The scientific method will guide kids through the process of asking questions, forming a hypothesis, experimenting and processing data to form conclusions. Plastic, Ahoy! researchers ask questions about how all the plastic in the ocean is affecting marine ecology, habitat, food chains and marine life. We get to see exactly how their research is carried out, along with tools they use and experiments that they carried out. All of this is documented with great photography. A good addition for any science classroom or any child interested in science. This book offers a good way to explore a current environmental issue that they can follow along with and affect with their actions in real life.This book was received for free in return for an honest review.

  • Kellee
    2019-02-11 17:14

    Full review at: my school, I am an adviser of Future Problem Solvers which is a club that looks at futuristic issues and, by using the 6-step creative problem solving process, tries to come up with an action plan to solve the futuristic problems. One of our past competitions had the topic of “Ocean Soup,” and my students and I did research about the state of our ocean. It was at that time that I became aware of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and was disgusted by it. I am so glad that this book exists now, because just like I didn’t know about the issue, my students didn’t either, until we began researching. This nonfiction picture book takes the reader through a mission with scientists to study the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and by making it a mission instead of just a book of facts will help engage readers in the problem that we are facing now.

  • Robyn
    2019-02-16 14:09

    Like all plants, phytoplankton give off oxygen. They release it as a product of photosynthesis. In fact, the ocean contains so many phytoplankton that they produce half to two-thirds of all of Earth's oxygen. That means they make the oxygen for nearly two of every three breaths we take! p. 25-26.Book Trailer was a really quick read full of interesting information. The book follows three female scientists who are interested in figuring out the effects of plastic on the Pacific Ocean. Starting on page 41 the author includes suggestions for how to personally help keep plastic out of our oceans, and on the following page suggestions on how to help others become aware of the plastic-ocean issues. Tapped Documentary above link is a trailer for a documentary about bottled water that I watched a couple years ago. Really interesting stuff here folks.

  • Michele
    2019-02-06 16:01

    This book is packed with detailed scientific information. It is relatively easy to understand, with a clear understanding of the vocabulary used. I like the format; following the projects of three researchers studying the problem. It is a beautiful book, full of color photographs and clear distinctions between sections. However, I would like to have seen a more distinct introduction to the topic. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is not common knowledge among children and I feel that the introduction to the concept of how the bits of plastic wound up in the middle of the ocean is too brief. My students are mostly unaware of the significance of ocean currents or the existence of the sheer amount of plastic out there. I am sure they will be puzzling about how all that trash got there. (This is answered in the book, but it is very brief--I almost missed it!)Overall, I like the book. The subject is fascinating and disturbing.

  • Bonnie
    2019-02-16 16:06

    An engaging, thorough non-fiction read. Several elements take this above many similar NF titles: Sidebars outline clearly how the scientists' work and experiments use the scientific method.The text includes questions on many levels, as well as the process the scientists go through in answering one question, which leads to another one they have to design an experiment to answer, and on and on. It also explicitly states that often their questions (experiments) led to more questions. Three young scientists are profiled individually, along with the specific elements they are studying. This brings some real people into the science, and it shows the range of issues being studied about the garbage patch as well as the specificity of each scientists' interests and expertise.This will be a great resource for any science unit on the food chain, ecology, trash/recycling or natural adaptations.

  • Angie
    2019-02-20 18:57

    This is the type of nonfiction I really enjoy reading (maybe I just have the mind of a middle schooler!). It is on a fascinating subject I know little about. It contains all kinds of useful information with lots of pictures. And it isn't so long that I lose interest. Plastic Ahoy is all about a scientific expedition called SEAPLEX that traveled out into the Pacific Ocean to investigate the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. The scientists onboard wanted to learn how the plastic was affecting the marine life. They investigated whether marine life was using the plastic and garbage as habitats, whether the marine life was consuming the plastic and what happened when it did, and if it was affecting the phytoplankton in the ocean. The book follows three scientists through their experiments and conclusions. It was very educational, but entertaining and interesting at the same time.

  • Kate Hastings
    2019-01-23 13:10

    Grades 4-8. Three scientists travel to the Pacific Garbage Patch to see what effect plastics are having on the environment. Plastic bottle shaped text boxes demonstrate how they use the scientific method to make hypotheses.It was interesting to see how many animals were making a new home out of the plastic. What I imagined was a garbage island floating out in the ocean, but it isn't really like that. Much of the bigger plastic floats just below the surface. Sun and waves make the bulk of the plastic small pellets the size of rice.The other interesting thing was that some plastics absorb toxins created by the degrading of other plastics-- meaning that animals ingesting those pellets got a double-dose of bad.Tools used by the scientist are discussed, along with the challenges they face during their investigation.

  • Martha
    2019-01-22 19:13

    The description of the "Great American Garbage Patch" a huge field of plastic in the Pacific Ocean is upsetting and mind boggling in Plastic, Ahoy! Told through the perspective of three young scientists who were part of the Scripps Environment Accumulation of Plastic Expedition (SEAPLEX), the reader gets a birds eye view of the discoveries these young women made beneath the sea. The book describes the stages of scientific inquiry, equipment used, and the living organisms they researched under the sea. Their ongoing research on the effects of this huge amount of plastic found in the "garbage patch" on the environment is a story that needs to be told. There are tips at the end of this book to combat this devastating destruction in our ocean. Required reading for all!

  • Meghan Nels
    2019-01-21 15:53

    Plastic Ahoy! tells an informative story about a group of graduate students and scientists who set out to investigate the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and it's effect on marine life. Through colorful spreads and wonderful photographs the reader is drawn into the text to read about their discoveries. The three graduate students on board had specific questions and studies to perform on this trip. Within the book, they each share their studies and results. At the end of the book suggestions for what we can do to help the ocean as well as an index and suggested resources are included. Plastic Ahoy! would be a great addition to any nonfiction children's collection and a perfect book to share on Earth Day.

  • Sandy Stiles
    2019-01-23 17:15

    This is the year that we explore trash in 5th grade library skills and this book is a great start. It follows three graduate students as they explore the Great Pacific Garbage Patch 1,000 miles off the west coast of the U.S. As readers, we get a glimpse of these young scientists' thinking and hypotheses, as well as the details of their experiments. Great pictures and interesting side-notes round out the book. Some of the text bogs down a little in scientific information, although young biologists will no doubt devour it! A freat book for reading cover-to-cover, or just skimming, depending on your level of interest.

  • Mary
    2019-02-15 10:56

    A nonfiction picture book following researchers studying the great Pacific garage patch. The reader not only learns about the devastating impact that plastic is having on the ocean's environment but also is able to see the scientific method in action on relevant areas of study. Although some of the science is complex, much of it is accessible to middle grade readers and will give them some insight to an environmental issue that will play a part in their future. The additional information in the back was helpful as well as the useful tips about changes young people can make in their lives that will make a difference.

  • Darcy Pattison
    2019-02-11 19:00

    In this fascinating book, Ann Newman follows scientists as they investigate plastic pollution in the Pacific Ocean. The Great Garbage Patch encompasses a 500-mile radius and affects the ocean’s health and endangers wildlife. Illustrated with full color photos, Newman’s book is direct and simple for kids to understand, yet brings the details of this environmental crisis to light in ways that kids can relate to. Regardless of where you live—landlocked or ocean-side—Newman’s book explains the situation, the science and what you can do about it

  • Naomi Blackburn
    2019-01-28 12:09

    Approximately 2 months ago, a whale washed up on the shores of South America. Cause of death: ingested garbage from Norway. I found that incredible and incredibly sad. I think this book is an important lesson to the world about our oceans and how we treat them and those who have to live in them. Picture format with narrative really brings exactly the problems in the ocean to life. On that note, there is a whole lotta of highly scientific lessons that are really targeted for the older juvenile reader. I have to say that I am an adult and had to reread to grasp some concepts.

  • Lynn
    2019-02-09 12:02

    For a slightly younger reader than Tracking Trash by Loree Griffin Burns, this book also focuses more on the impact of the trash on the creatures in the sea than on the physics of ocean waves. The story also does an excellent job of describing the scientific process and the experiments of the three researchers. Wonderful photographs add nicely to the story. I liked the suggestions and tips for dealing with trash for readers who will surely feel impelled to do something about their own trash. A great book for the classroom and for general interest.

  • The Styling Librarian
    2019-02-13 13:11

    Plastic Ahoy! Investigating the Great Pacific Garbage Patch by Patricia Newman, photographs by Annie Crawley – Non-Fiction – 4/5th grade and up: I was lost reading this book for a while. Fascinating scientific research about the great pacific garbage patch. Amazing people are doing some powerful research that is fascinating. Some of the outcomes of the research are quite disconcerting and I know it can be intimidating to students who think about their future… so it was reassuring to read actions students can take realistically to help the earth.