The Story of More (Adapted for Young Adults): How We Got to Climate Change and Where to Go from Here

Listening Library. Nov. 2021. 511p. $38. ISBN 9780593415702.
Gr 5 Up–Award-winning scientist Jahren continues her auspicious author/narrator streak, especially ideal for the adaptation of her lauded 2020 original: her chatty, friendly presentation is an immediate invitation to listen to “what happened to my world, to your world—to our world.” Even more compelling is her summons to figure out “where to go from here.” Waste is our ultimate challenge: “Every day, almost one billion people go hungry, while a different billion people intentionally discard enough food to feed them.” Waste pointlessly destroys “our forests, fresh water and fuel,” as well as the “plants and animals that spent the entirety of their short time on this planet in service to our appetites.” Throwing away food = throwing away one another’s lives! That smack-in-the-head awareness should be the necessary impetus for the newest generations—convincingly guided by Jahren—to engender life-saving change.
VERDICT Libraries should arm activists early with empowering tools such as this.

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