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IN PERSON: Elaine Dimopoulos & Diana Renn

Event date: 
Friday, May 20, 2022 - 5:30pm

Join authors Elaine Dimopoulos & Diana Renn as they discuss their new eco-activism middle grade novels! This event will be hosted in-person at Belmont Books on Friday, May 20th at 5:30pm!

About Turn the Tide:

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. Written in accessible verse, this timely story of environmental activism has extensive back matter for aspiring activists. With a foreword by Melati Wijsen, cofounder of Bye, Bye Plastic Bags.

Mimi has a plan for her seventh grade year: play piano in the Young Artists competition at Carnegie Hall with her best friend, Lee; enjoy a good old Massachusetts snow day or two; and work in her community garden plot with her dad. But all that changes when her family’s Greek restaurant falls on hard times.

The Laskarises’ relocation to Wilford Island, Florida, is a big key change for Mimi. Where does she fit in in this shell-covered paradise without Lee? Mimi is taken by the beauty of the island and alarmed by the plastic pollution she sees on the beaches.

Then her science teacher, Ms. Miller, shows her class a TED Talk by Melati and Isabel Wijsen. At ages twelve and ten, they lobbied to ban single-use plastic bags on their home island of Bali—and won. Their story strikes a chord for Mimi. She’s twelve.

Could a kid like her make such a big change in a place that she’s not yet sure feels like home? Can she manage to keep up with piano, her schoolwork, and activism? And does confident and flawless Carmen Alvarez-Hill really want to help her with the movement?

In this story of environmental activism, friendship, and self-discovery, Mimi figures out what’s truly important to her, and takes her place in the ranks of real-life youth activists like the Wijsen sisters, Greta Thunberg, and Isra Hirsi.

Elaine Dimopoulos is the author of Material Girls, a young adult dystopian novel about sustainable fashion. She served as the Associates of the Boston Public Library’s Writer-in-Residence and teaches writing for children at Simmons University. Elaine lives in Massachusetts with her family.

 

About Trouble at Turtle Pond:

When eleven-year-old Miles moves to Marsh Hollow, he’s desperate for a fresh start. At his last school, his ADHD-related challenges earned him a reputation as a troublemaker and cost him his friends, especially after he lost a beloved class pet. With just one chance to make a first impression, “Mayhem Miles” is determined to do something great in this town. Like solving a mystery.

After witnessing people burying something in his neighbor’s backyard one night, he’s sure there’s trouble—and this time, it’s not his fault. When his other neighbor, Pia, invites him to join the Backyard Rangers to help protect endangered turtles at the pond behind his house, Miles knows this is his chance to investigate. He stumbles on clues that point to wildlife poaching. Sabotaged turtle traps, stolen eggs, and kidnapped hatchlings put the fragile turtle population at risk. Miles and Pia recruit two more Backyard Rangers to help track a string of suspects, including an obsessive gardener, an eccentric pet shop owner, and the town bully and his drifter uncle. Then the rangers start receiving threatening messages, and an unexpected twist turns suspicion back on Miles. Has his reputation for trouble followed him all the way to Marsh Hollow? It’s up to Miles to convince his new friends that he’s not who they think he is, and to stop the turtle crimes before more turtles—and people—get hurt.

A friendship-centered eco-mystery, Trouble at Turtle Pond celebrates citizen science, activist kids, and the power of paying attention.

Diana Renn is the author of three young adult mysteries set in other countries: TOKYO HEIST, LATITUDE ZERO (a Junior Library Guild Selection), and BLUE VOYAGE (a Massachusetts Book Award “Must-Read”). She enjoyed doing research for this book a little closer to home. Diana lives with her family in a town outside of Boston, in a neighborhood filled with wildlife—including turtles. Visit her online at www.dianarennbooks.com.

Event address: 
79 Leonard St
Belmont, MA 02478
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Books: 
Turn the Tide By Elaine Dimopoulos Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780358538158
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Clarion Books - March 8th, 2022

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. Written in accessible verse, this timely story of environmental activism has extensive back matter for aspiring activists.


Trouble at Turtle Pond By Diana Renn Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781646032273
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Fitzroy Books - April 5th, 2022

When eleven-year-old Miles moves to Marsh Hollow, he’s desperate for a fresh start. At his last school, his ADHD-related challenges earned him a reputation as a troublemaker and cost him his friends, especially after he lost a beloved class pet. With just one chance to make a first impression, “Mayhem Miles” is determined to do something great in this town.


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Middle Grade (8 - 12)