Tracking Trash: Flotsam, Jetsam, and the Science of Ocean Motion

Author: Loree Griffin Burns
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Publication Date: 2007
Genre: Nonfiction
Audience: Gr. 5+
Awards: 2007 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards for Excellence in Children’s Literature honor book

Overview: Oceanographer, Curt Ebbesmeyer, tracks trash along the country’s beaches to try to learn more about ocean currents. This very informative text is about the effects of pollution on our wildlife. Includes many photographs of Ebbesmeyer’s findings, along with informative graphs, charts, and diagrams.

Activity: This book would fit in well with a lesson about the ocean and pollution. Allow students to read book, or read it collectively as a class. Consider volunteering at the Ocean Conservancy's International Coastal Cleanup, which is held every year. Students can help clean up debris from local streams, rivers, and oceans. Visit http://www.oceanconservancy.org/site/PageServer?pagename=press_icc for more information.

Reviewer’s Name: Mandi Kingeter