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

by Molly Bang

In the early 1980s, Diane Wilson, a shrimper from Calhoun County, Texas, discovered... read more

In the early 1980s, Diane Wilson, a shrimper from Calhoun County, Texas, discovered that the Gulf waters where she worked were among the most polluted in the country. The chemical plants in Calhoun County were dumping toxins unrestricted into the bay. Wilson began asking questions and challenging what was happening. Her emergence as an environmental activist was less by design than necessity, a role that slowly emerged from her inability to ignore what was happening. Molly Bang has woven the story of Diane Wilson into three distinct narrative strands. Black-and-white cartoon-style drawings with dialogue and thought bubbles provide details of Diane’s life and work, including conversations that took place as she embarked on the struggle to clean up the bay. Additional black-and-white drawings are connected to a more straightforward first-person narrative in Diane’s voice that describes events as they unfolded. Bang has set these two narratives against full-color illustrations of the natural world in which this drama was taking place, providing a third narrative that describes the fragile yet resilient ecosystem that Diane Wilson fought to save. (Ages 9-14)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2001

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