Patricia Newman smiling at the camera in a headshot.

Patricia Newman

The story of the connection between healthy seagrass and sea otters unfold in Patricia Newman’s newest book, Sea Otter Heroes: The Predators That Saved An Ecosystem (Millbrook Press/Lerner; starred review in Kirkus; Junior Library Guild Selection). Patricia hopes to empower young readers to become stewards of the environment. Other eco-titles include: Plastic, Ahoy! Investigating the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a Green Earth Book Award winner; Ebola: Fears and Facts, a Booklist Editors’ Choice Selection; and the upcoming Zoo Scientists to the Rescue, a Junior Library Guild Selection. She is a frequent speaker at schools, libraries, and conferences. Visit her at and read her previous Ocean Portal post titled, “Fishing for Plastic: Science in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.”