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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Paul Fleischman Narrator: Tom Parks Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2014 ISBN: 9781491502815
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Paul Fleischman offers teens an environmental wake-up call and a tool kit for decoding the barrage of conflicting information confronting them.

We’re living in an “ah-ha” moment. Take 250 years of human ingenuity and add abundant fossil fuels. The result is a population and lifestyle never before seen. The downsides weren’t visible for centuries, but now they are. Suddenly everything needs rethinking: suburbs, cars, fast food, cheap prices. It’s a changed world.

This book explains it, not with isolated facts but the principles driving attitudes and events, from vested interests to denial to big-country syndrome. Because money is as important as molecules in the environment, science is joined with politics, history, and psychology to provide the briefing needed to comprehend the twenty-first century.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Its clarity and scope provide an excellent starting point for classroom discussion or independent reading.”


  • “Briskly describes, without gloom or doom, how we have gotten into this situation and how we may be able to get out of it.”

    Washington Post

  • “Few readers will look at the world the same way after finishing this book.”

    Huffington Post

  • “For high schools that assign one book for all students to read and discuss: This is the one.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Urges readers to think critically and broadly about the world.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “The presentation of facts and the author’s positive message are what shine here.”

    School Library Journal (starred review)

  • “[Fleischman’s] exceptional ability to organize the information here and present it articulately makes him a notable citizen scientist.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “The audio follows the print version in organization and includes the final entry, ‘How to Weigh Information,’ a synopsis on how to judge media, follow the money, and check for fallacies. While the illustrations from the print book are not included, the narration does incorporate the numerous sidebars that offer additional information, definitions, and facts…Tom Parks narrates this book in a smooth, engaging style. This will work for individual listening as well as for classroom use…helpful for research and will be a surefire source of inspiration.”

    School Library Journal (audio review)

  • “Tom Parks narrates clearly and accessibly about global climate change. Neither he nor the author talks down to young listeners in providing a broad context that explains the complicated systems of the environment and the political history of the movement to save it…An especially important and timely lesson for all listeners, regardless of age.”


  • One of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2014 for Teens
  • Finalist for the 2014 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Young Adult Literature
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About the Author
Author Paul Fleischman

Paul Fleischman has written more than twenty-five books for children and young adults. He received a Newbery Medal for Joyful Noise and a Newbery Honor for Graven Images. His novel Whirligig was named a Best Book of the Year by Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal, and Booklist. His Breakout was a finalist for the National Book Award.

About the Narrator

Tom Parks is an AudioFile Earphones Award-winning narrator who has also been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. He has been involved in recording audiobooks and voice-overs for over thirty years and through an eclectic range of projects. In addition to performing and directing, he is also an active musician, drumming in musical theater productions in the Midwest, and is in demand as a conference speaker.