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Garbage island
2018
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For fans of Stuart Little and Poppy, here is a middle-grade adventure in which a mouse and a shrew, lost at sea, try to navigate to their home in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Braving multiple dangers, they discover they have more in common than they could ever have imagined. <br> <br> Mr. Popli, the mouse Mayor of Garbage Island, is always at odds with Archibald Shrew, a brilliant but reckless inventor. When Garbage Island splits apart, they're trapped together in Mr. Popli's houseboat, desperate to find their way home. At first, they only argue, but when they face a perilous thunderstorm and a series of predators, they begin to work together and recognize--in themselves and in each other--strengths they didn't know they had. Nonstop action and deep emotion intertwine in this tale of opposites who discover that with bravery, creativity, and friendship, they can triumph.
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Gr 3-5-Mayor Popli, a mouse, and Archibald Shrew, a shrew, do not get along. Archi is an inventor who is always making a mess, much to Popli's dismay. One day, Garbage Island, their home on the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, is suddenly split apart and the two are sent on a perilous adventure aboard Popli's houseboat. They meet strange new creatures along the way, including snakes, bugs, spiders, and rats. Among fast-paced action and danger, the mouse and shrew begin to work through their differences and learn more about themselves and each other. Black-and-white illustrations help bring the story to life. A brief author's note explains his inspiration for Garbage Island and the facts of the very real floating garbage patch in the Pacific Ocean. VERDICT This entertaining animal adventure stands out from similar fare because of its strong characters and an underlying message of environmental awareness.-Maeve Dodds, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, NC © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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