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Nobody Particular: One Woman's Fight to Save the Bays

by Molly Bang

Published by Henry Holt, 2001
46 pages
ISBN: 0-8050-5396-4

Ages 9 - 14

In the early 1980s, Diane Wilson, a shrimper from Calhoun County, Texas, discovered that the Gulf waters where she worked were among the most polluted in the country. The chemical plants in Calhoun County were dumping toxins without restriction into the bay. Wilson began asking questions and challenging the polluters. She slowly emerged as an environmental activist thanks to her inability to ignore what was happening. Molly Bang has woven the story of Diane Wilson into three distinct narrative strands. Black-and-white cartoon-style drawings with dialogue and thought bubbles provide details of Diane's life and work, including conversations that took place as she embarked on her struggle to clean up the bay. Additional black-and-white drawings accompany a first-person narrative in Diane's voice that describes events as they unfolded. Bang has set these two narratives against full-color illustrations of the natural world in which this drama was taking place, providing a third narrative that describes the fragile yet resilient ecosystem Diane Wilson fought to save. (Note: this book was included in CCBC Choices 2001 with an initial publication date of 2001. However, release of the book was delayed until 2002, which is why it also appears in this edition of CCBC Choices.) Winner, CCBC Sibert Award Discussion. CCBC categories: Issues in Today's World; Contemporary People, Places, and Events; The Natural World.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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