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YA Books on Saving the World

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Happy Earth Day! In celebration of our planet, staying green, and being aware, here's a few books to pick up for your favorite teen (or yourself!)
The Green Teen: The Eco-Friendly Teen's Guide to Saving the Planet

Written in easily accessible language, The Green Teen combines simple and quick eco-friendly tips, interviews with “green teens,” ideas for organizing and communicating environmental change, and a host of resources in a handy “grab-and-go” format. Teens will learn:

  • How the choices they make each day impact the environment
  • How to fit eco-friendly decisions into their tight schedules and budgets
  • How to effectively get today’s decision makers involved in environmental stewardship
Teens want to learn how to minimize their environmental impact at home, at school, and in their communities and get their concerns recognized by school officials, politicians, media, and even their own parents.
The Green Teen is the book that will help them do it, and it is also a must-read for parents, grandparents, teachers, and school administrators who want to help the next generation make environmentally responsible choices.

The Omnivore's Dilemma for Kids: The Secrets Behind What You Eat

Based on Pollan's best-selling adult book of the same title, The Omnivore's Dilemma for Kids will appeal to thoughtful, socially responsible teens. Pollan's own research includes slaughtering a chicken himself and eating a fast-food meal in a moving car with his family.

He explains complicated issues clearly, offers compelling evidence of the environmental damage done by what he calls the industrial meal, and urges readers not to look away from animal-welfare issues: "We can only decide if we know the truth." An afterword, "Vote with Your Fork," recommends simple actions that will improve the health of our bodies, our society, and our planet. —Lauralyn Persson, Wilmette Public Library, IL

Climate Change (A Groundwork Guide)
Climate change has been called the single greatest threat facing the planet, but there is little consensus about how to deal with it. The problem is vast, the science complex, and the economic, political, and social implications of taking action are immense. It is an issue of particular importance to young adults, who will inherit the consequences created by today’s policy makers.

Climate Change addresses the key questions surrounding this issue: What is the basic science behind climate change? Why is it difficult for people to accept what is going on? What is going to happen in the future, and what can be done about it? Perhaps most importantly, the book acknowledges that the issue involves much more than agreeing on the underlying science. Climate change is an emotionally charged political and philosophical issue as well — one that affects how governments and industry form policy, the choices people make in their daily lives, and the kind of world that awaits future generations.

Michelle Schusterman

Michelle writes books for kids, screenplays for a tv/film production company, and music for anyone who'd buy a "groove matters" bumper sticker. She lives in New York City with her husband (and band mate) and their chocolate lab (who is more of a vocalist). She is the author of middle grade series I Heart Band - 2014, and The Kat Sinclair Files - 2015 (both from Grosset).

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  1. Awesome! I was wishing I could write a post like this today but didn't know any actual YA titles on the subject. Thanks Michelle!

  2. Brilliant post! I didn't know the Omnivore's Dilemma had a kid's version. Now I want it.

  3. Yeah, me too! I read a review saying the kid's version was better for adults too - more pics, etc. LOL

    Thanks guys!

  4. yay michael pollan!
    thanks for the ecopost, Michelle :)

  5. This sounds so green and eco-friendly :)


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