Unpredictable, exciting, and thoroughly engrossing… A page-turner.
Debut author Mechael’s entertaining middle-grade series starter skillfully conveys grim environmental truths along with a defiant call to action. A stinky plastic-eating bacteria is wreaking havoc on Chesapeake Bay. When marine biologist Dr. Orenson, fifth-grader Gir’s dad, brings attention to the matter, Gir and his friends unite together to form an activist group called the Antidotes to raise awareness. But will the group be able to get enough kids to join the cause before it gets too late? Told from Gir and Izi’s alternating first-person voices and intercut by the group’s online talk, the story crackles with energy: Gir and others form the activist group, the Antidotes, and join forces with public health activists to find clean water solutions, combining pragmatism, hope, courage, and resilience. Woven through the Antidotes’ adventure are relevant themes of climate crisis, childhood angst, loss, grief, bullying, curiosity, acceptance, understanding, and self-discovery. Fast-paced, fun, and deeply inspiring; a stunner.
The Antidotes: Pollution Solution
Bold Story Press
Pub date September 20, 2022
Price $14.99 (USD) Paperback, $2.99 Kindle