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Loree grew up in Everett, Massachusetts reading, writing and even shelving (she worked at the public library) books. After graduating from Everett High School, she moved to central Massachusetts to attend Worcester Polytechnic Institute and, later, the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She graduated with a Ph.D. in biochemistry in 1997, and although she continued to read and write fiction, basic scientific research became her life’s work. That is, until the children were born. Then things really got crazy!

Eventually, Loree found a way to blend her love of books, her professional interests, and her personal life. “Writing books about science and scientists for children is the perfect career for me,” she says. “The process draws on all my passions: researching topics and interviewing scientists, finding the story and putting it on paper, bringing the finished product to children through school and library visits. It’s my dream job!”

Loree lives in central Massachusetts with her husband and their three children. Her first book, Tracking Trash: Flotsam, Jetsam and the Science of Ocean Motion, will be published by Houghton Mifflin Company in 2007.

Tracking Trash:
Flotsam, Jetsam and the Science of Ocean Motion

Houghton Mifflin, 2007
ISBN 978-0-618-58131

Aided by a ragtag army of beachcombers, oceanographer Curtis Ebbesmeyer tracks trash in the name of science. From sneakers to hockey gloves to toys, Curt monitors the watery fate of human-made cargo that has spilled into the ocean. The journeys he has documented are astounding and some—such as the rubber ducks that drifted thousands of miles from the Pacific Ocean, across the Arctic, and into the Atlantic—have attracted media attention. But the information Curt collects is much more than casual news; it is important scientific data. And with careful analysis, this data is helping Curt and a community of friends, beachcombers, and scientists to understand and protect our world ocean.

Tracking Trash: Flotsam, Jetsam and the Science of Ocean Motion chronicles the development of Curt’s unique ocean research program and takes readers on a Pacific Ocean adventure, from an accessible seashore to an uninhabited island to one spot where the amount of trash found in the water is almost unbelievable. In engaging text and unforgettable images readers meet the woman who started it all (Curt’s mother!), the computer program that makes sense of the data (nicknamed OSCURS) and several scientists who are using Curt’s discoveries to preserve delicate marine habitat and protect the creatures who live in them.

Junior Library Guild selection; Honor Book in the Nonfiction category of the 2007 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards

Tracking Trash

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