cover image Nobody Particular: One Woman's Fight to Save the Bays

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

Molly Bang. Henry Holt & Company, $18 (45pp) ISBN 978-0-8050-5396-8

Bang (Common Ground) continues in an environmental vein with this cramped account of commercial shrimper Diane Wilson's fight to protect her native Texas waters from pollution. Taking a chronological approach, she tracks Wilson's growth from ordinary citizen (or ""nobody particular"") to environmental activist; the tale of how Wilson plays David to corporate Goliaths is an inspiring one. Artistically, Bang attempts a new style, apparently in order to shoehorn in a vast amount of information. On most spreads, she floats densely lettered black-and-white comic-book-style panels over full-color backgrounds that depict, variously, everything from the marine ecosystems of the Gulf waters to bird's-eye views of petrochemical plants. Additional elements include newspaper clippings, photographs and sidebars. With so many items vying for attention, the visual presentation is generally cluttered. Several scenes--for example, a lovely, limpid close-up of two whooping cranes feeding--stand out in refreshing contrast. There's much to appreciate here, but it may be for motivated readers only. Ages 11-up. (Jan.) .)