Monday, April 22, 2013

Earth Day

Last month, there was a crazy storm on the Atlantic. Seriously, it stretched from Canada to Portugal, Greenland to the Caribbean. My comment at the time was-- this is how YA Dystopian Novels start.

Today is Earth Day. To celebrate, here's a list of books that deal with the environment, as dire warnings of what might come (seriously-- storms like the one above is how we get to Ship Breaker) or ideas and tips on what to do to make sure we never get there.


The Carbon Diaries 2015 by Saci Lloyd. In 2015, global warming has gotten bad enough that countries decide to cut carbon emissions by 60%. In the UK, this means everyone gets a carbon ration card for the year. Laura must figure out how to navigate her life with less carbon (can a punk rock band go solar?) and the tensions the new system brings to her family (her father loses his job.) Check out the sequel, The Carbon Diaries 2017.

Gaia Warriors by Nicola Davies and James Lovelack. Beautifully designed, the first part of the book makes a compelling case for the danger the earth is in, the second introduces the reader to a wide range of people making differences in large and small ways, following with practical tips real teens can do today.

Exodus by Julie Bertagna. 100 years from now, global warming has caused major flooding and most of the Earth is now under water. Mara's island home loses more ground every year, but she has an idea and a plan to try and save her people.


Girls Gone Green by Lynn Hirschfield. Highlighting several young women who are working to make a difference in the environment, Hirschfield also offers practical tips for day to day life on how to live a more green lifestyle.

Empty by Suzanne Weyn. In the not-too-distant future, civilization has just run out of fossil fuel. Following a few teenagers in the small town of Sage Harbor, they try to survive without heat, technology, or supermarkets.

An Inconvenient Truth: The Planetary Emergency of Global Warming and What We Can Do About It by Al Gore. Together with the movie, this is Al Gore's battle cry about what is happening to the Earth and how we have to stop it.


Floodland by Marcus Sedgwick. In Sedgewick's first novel (what?!) he imagines an England where the melted ice caps have drowned large portion sof the country, leaving coastal cities as islands or gone. Zoe has a rowboat and wants to use it to find her parents, but first must escape from a band of violent teenagers who are holding her prisoner. (Seriously, Sedgwick's first book came out just over 10 years ago? REALLY?)

Silent Spring by Rachel Carson. The book that launched the environmental movement.

Hoot by Carl Hiaasen. When they discover a rare owl living in an old lot, three middle school students form an unlikely friendship in order to save the lot from being bulldozed and turned into a restaurant.

What are you reading for Earth Day?

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