The Antidotes

Pollution Solution

Children - Educational
244 Pages
Reviewed on 09/27/2022
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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.

Alex Ndirangu

After three years of global crisis, Chesapeake Bay is attempting to return to normality, including a group of fifth-grade students who are finally back at school physically. But these long-awaited times are about to end as more trouble and devastation are coming! An unintentional plastic dump occurred at sea and made its way into the bay, where a scientific experiment involving the release of an untested plastic-eating bacteria into the Chesapeake Bay waters was taking place. The plastic-eating bacteria are now just waiting to decompose the plastic. Later, fish, children, and even adults become seriously ill. However, the fifth-grade students who have adopted the Antidotes are now a brilliant group, smart enough to join forces with public health activists to improve strategies to prevent an impending crisis. Patty Mechael's The Antidotes: Pollution Solution grabs us by the hand and leads us along with Izi, Gir, and their friends as they make discoveries about who and what caused the devastation and how people can stay safe.

This book's plot moved along fairly quickly, which I found enjoyable. The author did an excellent job with exciting twists that drew me into the intrigue and left me reeling after discovering an unexpected turn of events. Patty Mechael uses straightforward wording and distinct characters who were well-rounded and had perfectly balanced emotions. Izi, for example, was portrayed as a sensitive personality who had suffered loss and pain and did not want to open up or talk much, but whose caring demeanor toward those around her warmed my heart. She was my favorite character, and I believe she would appeal to many readers. Mechael provided excellent scientific support for the story. I liked it when the kids did scientific experiments that tested bacteria and the chemicals that polluted the water. I am delighted to have acquired a new understanding of chemistry, which I intend to apply to my practical projects. Another important component of Mechael's work is the way she incorporates modern technology. These elements significantly boosted the originality, charm, and allure of The Antidotes.