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Consider the Octopus

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I absolutely adored this book! It's very smart and funny (like laugh out loud funny) but it's also very inspiring. I'm excited to share this with my niece when it comes out and I will definitely read it again. Highly recommended.
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Jeremy, “ JB” ,is put in charge of emailing scientists to Oceania II to attract global attention to the tons of garbage threatening a wildlife refuge. He accidentally invites Sidney, a student, instead of Dr. Sidney. At first JB hides Sidney, but then some meaningful coincidences happen, and they both realize they were meant to be on Oceania II to hopefully start a chain reaction because they know kids can help change the future of the planet. Will a secret plan they have get the  media involved at the last minute?
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Consider the Octopus is told through alternating perspectives of a boy named JB and girl named Sidney who are both aboard a ship headed to the Great Pacific Garbage patch. JB's mother works there and Sidney is on board due to a mix-up. The two have to work together to maintain the lie they told to explain Sidney's presence on the ship and come up with a plan to draw media attention to the environmental mission of the ship. Both main characters are charming and relatable and the book talks about ocean pollution in a way that kids can easily grasp. Overall a good choice for any middle-grade reader with an interest in environmentalism.
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Delightful story of synchronicity, two persistent 12 year olds, and a garbage island the size of Texas.
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A great story of friendship among two 12 year olds who think they don't fit in. Also, a primer on the Great Pacific Garbage Patch: what it is, how it was created, and why it's a problem. 
Sidney and JB meet after a series of coincidences and mix ups - or possibly synchronicity. They spend a week onboard a scientific research vessel studying the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and trying to get the media to pick up the story. 
A sweet, funny, and informative read. Great for classroom use in science or language arts. Also a great independent read.
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