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Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite
The Antidotes is a children's adventure novel by Patty Mechael. Ten-year-old Gir has a lot on his plate after a class trip to the research vessel of his father, a marine biologist. Gir and his friends learn that the company ThermoPoly had been dumping plastic waste in the waters of the Chesapeake Bay and off the coast of San Francisco while experimenting with untested plastic-eating bacteria. As a result, kids and marine wildlife are affected by a disease that threatens to spread everywhere. Soon, Gir and his fellow climate warriors, known as The Antidotes, come up with an intricate plan to stop ThermoPoly from polluting the waters and help public health specialists prevent a new pandemic. But first, a new member of The Antidotes must reveal her true identity to spread the message to a broader audience.
Informative and educational while being constantly entertaining, The Antidotes is a fun-filled adventure tale that follows a group of fifth-graders working on finding a solution for plastic pollution. Author Patty Mechael, a public health specialist, sheds light on the increasingly relevant topic of plastic usage and its role in the destruction of oceanic ecosystems. This is a book that should be introduced to all preteens out there for the future of this planet lies in their hands. Although every member of The Antidotes has a distinct personality and agency in their actions, they all work together for the greater good. A lesson for us all. Highly recommended to kids and their parents.