Square Fish Consider the Octopus
Square Fish Consider the Octopus

Consider the Octopus

By Nora Raleigh Baskin


Publication Date: April 25, 2023

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Ages 8 to 12

In this funny, realistic, contemporary middle-grade environmental comedy, two twelve-year-olds become unexpected friends and allies on board a scientific research ship at the edge of the Great Pacific Garbage Pile—and on the cusp of changing the future of our world oceans!

JB Barnes is looking forward to spending the summer hanging out on the beach. But his mother, a scientist, asks him to join her aboard a research ship where he'll spend his summer seasick and bored, staring out at the endless plastic, microbeads, and other floating debris that make up the Great Pacific Garbage Pile. Miles away, twelve-year-old Sidney is trying to come up with an activity worthy of convincing her overprotective parents that she can skip camp. When Jeremy is asked to find the contact info for a list of important scientists and invite them to attend a last-minute Emergency Global Summit, he's excited to have a chance to do something. But how could he know that the Sidney Miller he emailed was not the famous marine biologist, but a girl posting blogs from her bedroom—let alone that she would come aboard the ship?

This is a comedy of errors, mistaken identity, and synchronicity. Above all, it is a heartfelt story about friendship and the power of kids to step up and save our oceans and our Earth, perfect for fans of Lynne Kelly's Song for a Whale.

About the Author

Nora Raleigh Baskin is the ALA Schneider Family Book Award–winning author of Anything but Typical. She is the author of many best-loved books for kids, including most recently, Nine, Ten: A September 11 Story. Nora lives with her family in Connecticut. NoraBaskin.com

Gae Polisner is a lawyer by trade, but a writer by calling. She lives on Long Island with her husband, two sons, and a suspiciously fictional-looking dog named Charlie. gaepolisner.com

Format: Trade Paperback

Length: 272 pages

Publisher: Square Fish

Publication Date: April 25, 2023

ISBN: 9781250866011

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