Posted by: Kathy Temean | April 26, 2022


Elisa Boxer has a new picture book, ONE TURTLE’S LAST STRAW: THE REAL-LIFE RESCUE THAT SPARKED A SEA CHANGE, illustrated by Marta Alverez Miguens and published by Crown/Radom House on May 10th. They have agreed to send a copy to the one lucky winner in the US.

All you have to do to get in the running is leave a comment. Reblog, tweet, or talk about it on Facebook with a link and you will get additional chances to win. Just let me know other things you do to share the good news, so I can put the right amount of tickets in my basket for you. Sharing on Facebook, Twitter or reblogging really helps spread the word for a new book. So, thanks for helping Elisa and Marta.

If you have signed up to follow my blog and it is delivered to you everyday, please let me know when you leave a comment and I will give you an extra ticket. If you want to make sure you don’t miss seeing that you won, please click “Notify Me of Follow-Up Comments By Email” box. I will leave a comment in reply if you win the book. Thanks!


The inspiring true story of how one small turtle and kids all over the country sparked an environmental movement. Based on the viral video that created awareness of the harm caused by plastic straws, this heart-wrenching story is a perfect tool for teaching children about sustainability.

Slurp! A boy finishes his drink and tosses it in the trash, straw and all. He moves on without another thought….

In the waters off of Costa Rica, scientists spot an endangered sea turtle and pull him aboard to study him. But he has something stuck in his nose. A barnacle? A stick? No…it’s a plastic straw!

This heroic story of one turtle’s rescue reminds us that even the smallest straw can hurt our ocean life–and that the smallest demand for change can grow into something big!

ONE TURTLE’S LAST STRAW: The Real-Life Rescue that Sparked a Sea Change

Book Journey

I’m so happy to be on your blog today, Kathy! I love getting a peek into the book journeys of my colleagues, so it’s exciting to be here myself. I’m writing this having just returned from recording the audiobook version of ONE TURTLE’S LAST STRAW, so that was a super fun part of the journey that I didn’t expect!

I can’t wait to share the physical book and the audiobook with kids who care about doing their part to help protect marine life. Environmentalism is a passion of mine, and when I came across the viral video of the sea turtle with the plastic straw stuck in his nose, I knew I wanted to write this story.

My first step was getting in touch with the marine biologist, Dr. Christine Figgener, who brought the turtle on board and helped save his life. I had so many questions for her! Thankfully, she was happy to share her experience, and you’ll find the answers to my many questions as the story unfolds.

My agent, Steven Chudney, is also passionate about protecting marine life from ocean pollution, and after a few rounds of revisions, the story was out on submission. I feel so fortunate that it was scooped up by Emily Easton at Crown/Random House Kids. She shared my vision for the story, my empathy for the turtle, and my desire to bring this cautionary and inspirational tale into the world. It was Emily’s suggestion to expand the back matter with more children taking on the plastic pollution problem. That’s one of my favorite features of the book.

When Emily shared her idea about asking Marta Alvarez Miguens to illustrate the story, I was ecstatic! I loved the book Shark Lady (written by Jess Keating and illustrated by Marta) and crossed my fingers that she’d say yes! Even though I had high expectations for the art in this book, Marta’s illustrations absolutely exceeded any of them. I am in awe of how she managed to portray our turtle as realistic, adorable, and relatable all at the same time. And the underwater scenes are breathtaking.


lisa Boxer is a Maine-based, Emmy-winning journalist and columnist whose writing has appeared in publications including The New York TimesInc., and Fast Company. Having worked in newspaper, magazine, and television journalism, Elisa is thrilled to bring her reporting and storytelling skills to the world of children’s literature. She is the author of A Seat at the Table: The Nancy Pelosi Story and The Voice That Won the Vote: How One Woman’s Words Made History.

Elisa lives in Maine, and you can visit her at or at twitter:
facebook: Elisa Boxer, journalist & author


Marta Álvarez is an author and children´s book illustrator living in A Coruña, Spain.

She graduated in Psychology from the University of Santiago de Compostela in 2001, however her real passion was always drawing doodles in the margins of the notebooks.
Marta debuts in 2002 writing and illustrating her first picture book “¡Cómo está o galiñeiro!” published by Xerais. Since then, she has worked for several Spanish and international publishing houses.

In 2007 her artwork was selected and exhibited at the Bratislava Biennial of Illustration (BIB). She illustrated “Shark Lady: The True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean´s Most Fearless Scientist”, which was named one of the Best Children´s Books of 2017 by Parents Magazine, and won the Blue Spruce Award in 2018. She also painted the funny and charming illustrations of “What is Poo?”, which won the Silver Award at the Junior Design Awards 2017.

Marta Álvarez is a member of the Galician Illustrators Association (AGPI).

Elisa, thank you for sharing your book and journey with us. This story will bring to life how little things like a straw can end up harming the beautiful creatures in the sea. Marta’s illustrations are  wonderful and really brings the story to life. Kids will love it. Good luck with the book.

Talk tomorrow,



  1. Love this!


    • This looks wonderful! Congratulations, Elisa and Marta.
      Thanks Kathy for all you do. I follow your blog and I have reposted to Faceboon and Twitter.


  2. This book is soooo valuable to not only young readers but everyone! As a grown-up, I constantly have to remind myself that much of what I grew up with are constant irritants to the environment. Thank you for this book!


    • I was happy to repost this blog item on FB today.


  3. Looks like a great book on an important ecological topic!


  4. This is such an important story for our times. Spread the word!


  5. Beautiful! This book looks like it’s perfect for inspiring readers to help the ocean (and the world) by the choices they make. Thanks and congratulations!

    I follow by email and tweeted this post,


  6. Brava! Perfect story for inspiring an awareness to the fact that everything we do impacts our world in some way.


  7. Thank you so much Lisa for creating such an important book about turtles, sea life, and the environmental plastic crisis endangering the food chain. Looking forward to sharing this beautiful illustrated book with grandson. Will post on FB and Twitter to win a copy!


  8. Another book to help make the world a better place. Thanks!


  9. Can’t wait to read this book–I am a passionate anti-plastic advocate (especially against those useless straws that seem to come with everything). The illustrations are glorious! Kathy, I subscribe to your blog.


  10. This looks so good. Teaching kids to think about and care about the world from an early age will bring about lasting change! Thank you for sharing your book journey! The illustrations are beautiful too!
    Kathy – I subscribe to your blog. Thank you!


  11. This looks like my kind of book…turtles, plastic pollution, and empowering kids. Can’t wait to read it!


  12. A nice intro to the topic for kids. Who wouldn’t love that adorable turtle? Thanks!
    I’ve shared:, and tweeted:
    I also follow daily by email: crs(at)codedivasites(dot)com
    Thanks, enjoy your day everyone!!


  13. I’ve always been fascinated by animal rescue stories and just finished reading a YA novel called The Edge of Summer in which the POV character assists in rescuing a beached whale entangled in lobster netting/ropes. I’m an email subscriber and shared:


  14. I look forward to reading Elisa’s books and seeing Marta’s beautiful illustrations! Non fiction books are my favorite, and I love the environmental message of this book. Thanks Kathy for sharing Elisa’s book journey.


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