|Consider the octopus|
Author: Baskin, Nora Raleigh
Told in alternating voices, twelve-year-olds JB Barnes and Sidney Miller meet aboard a scientific research ship after JB is tasked to invite a renowned scientist named Sidney Miller and mistakenly invites a girl with the same name who will do anything to get out of going to summer camp.
|Added Entry - Personal Name:||Polisner, Gae|
Kirkus Reviews (+) (02/15/22)
School Library Journal (03/01/22)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (A) (00/04/22)
The Hornbook (00/07/22)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 03/01/2022 Gr 5–7—JB is 12 years old and facing a long summer at sea as the only kid on the NOAA deep sea research vessel Oceania II, where his mother is the lead research scientist. JB gets tasked with inviting scientists and students to an environmental summit on board to raise awareness of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and hopefully reestablish funding for their mission. The invitations include Dr. Sidney Miller, a renown marine biologist. But Sidney Miller is also the name of a 12-year-old girl who is desperate to escape her dreaded summer camp, and is now, thanks to JB, the recipient of the mistaken invitation. Sidney is not going to let this opportunity go; she accepts the invitation and hatches a plan. JB, flummoxed by his mistake, agrees to sneak her onboard. From hiding out in a nest in the ship's laundry room, to serial impersonation of a renowned scientist, Sidney, JB, and their friends lurch from hilarious crisis to crisis, staying barely one step ahead of the adults—until the fateful day Sidney is discovered. With nonstop action, a surprisingly effective ending, and empathetic characters, this is a fast, fun read. VERDICT A sure winner for readers interested in the environment and adventure, or even just in adventure.—Gretchen Crowley - Copyright 2022 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 08/01/2022 The last thing Jeremy Barnes (JB) wants to do is spend the summer studying the Great Pacific Garbage Patch with his mom and a team of scientists aboard the Oceania II, a marine research vessel. To help the team secure more funding for their research, he is tasked with contacting world-renowned scientists for a summit being held in conjunction with a SEAmester for high-school students. A case of mistaken identity leads to one of these invitations going to Sidney Miller, a girl desperately trying to avoid going to summer camp. When Sidney arrives at check-in with her pet goldfish, Rachel Carson, JB realizes his mistake but panics and brings her on board. Another teenager quickly realizes that Sidney does not belong, prompting JB to involve them in a plot to help Sidney hide in plain sight. All is well until one fateful field trip brings everything to a halt. Told in alternating voices, Consider the Octopus is a fun, slightly madcap, summer adventure on the high seas with a strong environmental bent. - Copyright 2022 Booklist.