September Williams Author of Chasing Mercury+ Children's Book Toxic Water: Minamata, Japan

Toxic Water:Minamata, Japan is written from the perspective of two little girls who are sisters. The book is nonfiction and chronicles these sisters who were among the index cases in the 1950s when "the strange disease" of methyl-mercury poisoning was first documented. It also deals with the evolution of the environmental justice movement that sprang from those people afflicted with what came to be known as Minamata Disease--severe human mercury poisoning. The text gently introduces children to the concept of United Nations Multi-lateral Environmental Agreements and the goals of the Minamata Convention on Mercury.  Available this August 2017 through Bearport publishers.