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Nobody Particular: One Woman's Fight to Save the Bays [Paperback]

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Diane Wilson lived a fairly ordinary life as a commercial shrimper and mother until she learned that she lived in one of the most polluted counties in the United States. As a result of that discovery, Diane launched a campaign against Formosa Plastics, an international chemical company. She was determined to protect the Texas bays on which she, her father, and her grandfather had made their living.

Nobody Particular is the true story of Diane's fight. It is the story of how one woman---who was, as she says, "nobody particular"---succeeded in forcing a huge corporation to change its plans, adopt more environmental safeguards, and agree to protect her precious bays.

Diane's tools were her dedication and her fearlessness. Through them she was able to overcome the resistance of the corporations, the foot-dragging of the government, and the anger of her whole community. This is a story of hope and possibilities for all of us who, like Diane, may seem to be nobody particular.

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Think of her as Erin Brockovich on a shrimp boat. This unassuming, working-class mom, a fourth-generation East Texas shrimper--"no education, no money, no clout," she says--turned her life upside down to fight the good fight against chemical plants that were destroying her livelihood and the bays she held dear. This comic-book-style biography of unlikely activist Diane Wilson follows her radical transformation, from the first days of pulling up nothing in her nets to her hunger strike, law suits, and run-ins with the EPA.

The format might lead you to believe this is strictly kids' stuff, but Wilson and author and Caldecott Honor artist Molly Bang manage to pack a lot of information into the book's mostly black-and-white panels (maybe a little too much for some younger folks). But readers of all ages will find inspiration in this political, feminist tale of how one person--"nobody particular," says Wilson--can fight big business and win. (Ages 9 to 12) --Paul Hughes

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Item Specifications...

Pages   47
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 10.8" Width: 8.8" Height: 0.3"
Weight:   0.5 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 15, 2005
Publisher   Chelsea Green Publishing Company
ISBN  1931498946  
ISBN13  9781931498944  

Availability  0 units.

More About Molly Bang

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Molly Bang has written and illustrated more than twenty books for young readers, including "When Sophie Gets Angry -- Really, Really Angry... "; "Ten, Nine, Eight"; and "The Grey Lady and the Strawberry Snatcher," each of which were Caldecott Honor books. Bang divides her time between Falmouth, Massachusetts, and Northern California.

Molly Bang currently resides in the state of Massachusetts.

Molly Bang has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Caldecott Collection
  2. Scholastic Bookshelf: Feelings

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1Books > Subjects > Biographies & Memoirs > General
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3Books > Subjects > Biographies & Memoirs > Specific Groups > Women
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5Books > Subjects > Children > People & Places > Biographies > Social Activists
6Books > Subjects > Professional & Technical > Engineering > Chemical > Plant Design

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Richie's Picks: NOBODY PARTICULAR  Jul 2, 2006
Diane Wilson:
"This much I know: Within 25 miles of my house are five giant chemical plants--one each for Alcoa, British Petroleum, DuPont, Formosa Plastics, and Union Carbide. By night they look like magic lit-up fairy castles. In daylight they turn into gray and twisted surrealistic pipe dreams. We grew up high on their strange perfumes, knowing workers whose bathwater turned yellow every night until they died early, knowing we weren't supposed to fish the waters where Alcoa dumped tons of mercury...
"Now, I'm nobody particular--just a shrimper and momma--no education, no money, no clout. How can a nobody make these corporations quit dumping their poisons on us. If I stop to think on it, I'll know I'm a fool and go patch a shrimp net, quiet my mind in moving twine and fingers."

Molly Bang's picture book, NOBODY PARTICULAR: ONE WOMAN'S FIGHT TO SAVE THE BAYS is an astounding dual story--a powerful introduction to the complex competing demands upon the world's scarce fresh water supplies coupled with the jaw-dropping true story of Diane Wilson, a fourth-generation Texas shrimper who successfully took on multinational corporations and the EPA in order to protect the Texas bays from significantly increased toxic industrial discharges.

In the background of each two page spread, Molly Bang illustrates and discusses the prehistoric and historical development of, importance of, and mounting pressure upon the world's estuaries and fresh water supplies. As with her other environmentally related picture books, Molly Bang has a knack for portraying the interconnectedness of ecosystems and how they drastically affect and are affected by human beings. In the midst of each spread, in an overlying black and white graphic novel format, Bang simultaneously recounts how Diane Wilson discovered the bay pollution affecting her livelihood, learned of the plans by corporate polluters to expand their operations, and educated herself in order to fight the corporations and governmental bureaucrats.

Inspiring but fact-dense story   Nov 9, 2005
Teenagers looking for nonviolent heroes like Dr Martin Luther King, Jr, need only read this book to find one. Diane Wilson, a shrimp fisher in Texas, learns that chemical factories which provide many jobs are also poisoning the water, reducing her livelihood and affecting the community's health. She rapidly becomes a hero to environmentalists and an enemy to the companies and local government, and has to undertake a hunger strike to get the federal government to enforce its own laws. Black and white comic-style illustrations flesh out the story, with a background of full color paintings depicting the natural systems affected. Like a graphic novel or Larry Gonick's Cartoon History of the World, the illustrations brim over with facts, which may overwhelm many readers. But those who persist will understand just how much willpower it takes to overcome environmental injustice.

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