Consider the Octopus

Holt. Apr. 2022. 272p. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781250793515.
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.

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