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Poisoned Water: How the Citizens of Flint, Michigan, Fought for Their Lives and Warned the Nation Kindle Edition
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“Poignant . . . This detailed offering, the first specifically intended for young audiences, has multiple curriculum applications.” ―Booklist, starred review
“Thoroughly sourced and meticulously documented, this stomach-churning, blood-boiling, tear-jerking account synthesizes a city's herculean efforts to access safe, clean water. . . . This compulsively readable, must-buy narrative nonfiction serves as the ultimate antidote to civic complacence.” ―School Library Journal, starred review
“A careful, conscious encapsulation of a consequential U.S. frontier for renewed environmental justice activism.” ―Kirkus Reviews
“Flint citizens need fresh coverage that respects their activism rather than their victimhood. This becomes the controlling theme of this vivid account.” ―BCCB
- ASIN : B0876J5HYS
- Publisher : Bloomsbury Children's Books; 1st edition (May 19, 2020)
- Publication date : May 19, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 34493 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 257 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1547602325
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #416,476 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Although written as a young adult book, it is also very appropriate for older adults.
What makes it worse was that the officials responsible for the change from Huron to the Flint River were, in the words of the book "aggressively dismissive" to residents voicing their concerns over whether the water was fit for themselves and their families to drink. One woman was accused of dying the brown water in her bottle herself at what I believe was a council meeting. A dossier of scientific data collected by a leading expert in water safety was brought in to officials who even refused to touch or accept it. To save the town money, they switched to water that already had indications of being unfit to drink, and in an ironic twist of fate, anything that was saved was lost in the legal fees from the investigation of the mismanagement.
According to the back of the book, this is middle grade nonfiction. I don't really think this is middle grade-appropriate, just because the writing level is very science- and data-heavy, and it uses language that I, a thirty-something millennial with a Bachelor's degree, needed to think about. I certainly wouldn't discourage a kid from reading this who wanted to learn more about Flint and social justice, but I also think that it would be a struggle for a lot of kids. That said, I think it's definitely worth the read-- for kids and adults-- because it really delves into Flint's sad history as a racially segregated town (and race was probably a factor in why Flint was ignored; institutional racism is a huge problem, and even if it isn't the root cause of a given issue, it can help foster the symptoms and keep them lingering), its brief boom in the peak of the automotive industry, and then its collapse and penultimate ruin when GM went under (before being bailed out).
It's a depressing and hard book to read, but in a sad, twisted way, it's also inspiring. Seeing how the community banded together and refused to listen to the officials who were very clearly in the wrong was an incredible feat. Especially when they managed to get scientists and experts on the phone who, in turn, helped the people of Flint gather the incontrovertible evidence of the harm that they needed to force the switch back to Lake Huron water. It was grassroots community activism, and it's a shame that it came at such a terrible cost. FWIW, the book does end on a hopeful note, though.
Thanks to the publisher for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review!
4.5 to 5 out of 5 stars
This book for young adults tells the history of the switch from the water that came from Lake Huron to the badly polluted Flint River. i cried many times reading this book and I believe that everyone, students and adults need to read what this town went through. They had to struggle and protest and wake up the EPA and finally get help from the Federal Government.
I am full of empathy for everyone suffered and are suffering from poor decisions, holding money over people's lives. I am immunocompromised and was sick from the water in the town that I am living in. I went to a gastroenterologist who thought that my symptoms were due to being lactose intolerant. Finally, I read an article about water pollution and checked the water contaminants records on-line. The city had a high level of a parasite, and they lowered the levels by treating the water with chlorine. People with healthy immune systems were no longer effected but those with weak immune still got sick. I bought bottled water, but I cannot eat a salad out any more because the lettuce and other vegetables are washed in the city tap water.
and they lowered the levels by treating the water with chlorine. People with healthy immune systems were no longer effected but those with weak immune still got sick. I bought bottled water, but I cannot eat a salad out any more because the lettuce and other vegetables are washed in the city tap water.
If you have not read about Flint, please do.
Then I read POISONED WATER. And I kept thinking, this is happening in my country. I kept waiting for some leader somewhere within the government to take a stand for the rights of the citizens. For their children. Because having access to clean drinking water is such a basic human right that until reading this book, I had taken it completely for granted.
As the residents organized and raised alarm bells and continued to report problems, I kept thinking, surely this time it will bring about some change.
I can’t help admiring the citizens who continued to speak out, kept making phone calls, persisted in reaching out to anyone who would listen. The author makes it clear that those are the real heroes in the story of Flint.
I think this is a must-read book for teens and adults. It’s really accessible and straightforward, easy to read, but in no way dumbed-down. It’s packed with personal stories, facts, timelines, and references to other resources. I highly recommend POISONED WATER.
Note: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.