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“How to give up plastic: a guide to changing the world, one plastic bottle at a time,” by Will McCallum (Adult Non-Fiction)

How to Give Up Plastic is a straightforward guide to eliminating plastic from your life. Going room by room through your home and workplace, Greenpeace activist Will McCallum teaches you how to spot disposable plastic items and find plastic-free, sustainable alternatives to each one. From carrying a reusable straw, to catching microfibers when you wash your clothes, to throwing plastic-free parties, you’ll learn new and intuitive ways to reduce plastic waste. And by arming you with a wealth of facts about global plastic consumption and anecdotes from activists fighting plastic around the world, you’ll also learn how to advocate to businesses and leaders in your community and across the country to commit to eliminating disposable plastics for good. It takes 450 years for a plastic bottle to fully biodegrade, and there are around 12.7 million tons of plastic entering the ocean each year. At our current pace, in the year 2050 there could be more plastic in the oceans than fish, by weight. These are alarming figures, but plastic pollution is an environmental crisis with a solution we can all contribute to.

“The Saturday Night Ghost Club,” by Craig Davidson (Adult Fiction)

This is a remarkable “coming of age” story. Misfit Jake Baker has a close bond with his eccentric Uncle C, who owns a spooky shop and feeds into Jake’s love for (and terror of) ghosts, vampires, and things under the bed. A nerdy 12-year-old, Jake joins his uncle and two new kids in the neighborhood to form the Saturday Night Ghost Club, where they begin to tour some interesting remnants of their Niagara Falls hometown. But what on the surface seems like a lighthearted visit to haunted spots might be something else entirely, darker than anyone imagined.

“The Haunting of Henry Davis,” by Kathryn Siebel (Juvenile Fiction 8-12 Years)

When Henry Davis moves into the neighborhood, Barbara Anne and her classmates at Washington Carver Elementary don’t know what to make of him. He’s pale, small, odd. For curious Barbara Anne, Henry’s also a riddle — a boy who sits alone at recess sketching in a mysterious notebook, a boy, she soon learns, who’s being haunted by a ghost named Edgar. With the help of some new friends, this unlikely duo is off on an adventure to discover who Edgar was while alive and why he’s haunting Henry now. Together, they might just help Edgar find what he needs to finally be at peace.

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