The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico that began on April 20, 2010, may be the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history. In Oil Spill! Disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, prolific nonfiction writer and Florida resident Elaine Landau gives young readers the essential facts about the spill. This book chronicles the spill's beginning, as well as efforts to stop it. It also provides an overview of the spill's expected effects, and describes what people are doing to help clean up the spill, along with suggestions on what kids can do.