|Turn the tide|
Author: Dimopoulos, Elaine
Twelve-year-old Mimi Laskaris is inspired by the Wijsen sisters of Bali to turn her focus from classical piano to a new obsession: forming a grassroots, kid-led movement to ban plastic bags in her new island home in Florida.
Kirkus Reviews (02/01/22)
School Library Journal (03/01/22)
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School Library Journal - 03/01/2022 Gr 4–7—When 12-year-old Mimi and her family move from Massachusetts to Wilford Island, FL, Mimi faces the awkwardness of making friends at a new school, finding time to practice piano, and watching her parents stress over their restaurant opening. After becoming inspired by young environmental activists who got plastic bags banned in Bali, Mimi works to bring awareness of plastic pollution and minimize plastic bag use in her new hometown—but not without a few bumps along the way. Everything wraps up nicely in this interesting novel in verse about how one person can make a difference when they get help from others. Typical tween conflicts are depicted and handled in realistic ways. For instance, young readers will be able to relate to Mimi's sense of being overwhelmed by her first passion, piano, and her new passion, fighting plastic. There is plenty of white space, and the verse flows nicely overall into a fast-paced read. The book also contains a foreword by the cofounder of Bye Bye Plastic Bags and extensive back matter, including a time line of plastic origins, distribution, and activism; tips for readers who want to learn more about how to make change in their own communities; and more. VERDICT A worthy purchase for collections with a need for more climate activism fiction and novels in verse.—Molly Dettmann - Copyright 2022 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 03/01/2022 Twelve-year-old Mimi, whose family recently relocated from Massachusetts to a Florida island, has spent her life working to be a classical pianist, with her sights set on Carnegie Hall’s Young Artists competition. It’s an ambition she shared with her best friend, Lee, but in her new home a new interest emerges. After seeing an inspirational TED Talk, Mimi becomes deeply involved in the movement to ban the use of plastic bags on the island. It means navigating new acquaintances and making decisions about her passions, politics, and priorities. Her parents are immersed in opening a new restaurant and not always available to help her through this transition, but she navigates the life lessons thrown her way with growing maturity. Written in verse, this eco-conscious novel also features a foreword by Melati Wijsen, who cofounded Bye Bye Plastic Bags with her sister as a young teen in Bali, and back matter on plastics pollution. An inspirational success story for young activists and those who just need a nudge. - Copyright 2022 Booklist.