by V. L. Perillo
In the year 2017, a mutant strain of bacteria, capable of surviving the full range of the seasons -including the harshest winters and fearful storms-, has polluted the fresh water of all South America, creating chaos and poverty. Twenty years later, two sisters are forced to survive by stealing water, looking forward to a moment when they can make their escape to the countries in the North. One night, as the sisters infiltrate a house to steal its stash of fresh water, they find themselves involved in an unplanned adventure into the past, fighting to stop the pollution that caused their parents deaths.
Water Thieves is the first middle-grade novel written by V. L. Perillo. This book was written as part of an outreach program for the project “Sensing the Americas’ Freshwater Ecosystem Risk from Climate Change” (SAFER), funded by the Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research (IAI) and the US National Science Foundation (NSF). All sales of this book will go back into the project and be used to keep funding outreach activities of the SAFER project as well as to buy more books to distribute to schools and libraries.
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