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Protecting our world

Amstutz, Lisa J.  Bringing Back Our Freshwater Lakes
Middle school, high school     112 pp.     ABDO/Essential

Hand, Carol  Bringing Back Our Oceans
Middle school, high school      112 pp.     ABDO/Essential

Hand, Carol  Bringing Back Our Tropical Forests
Middle school, high school     112 pp.     ABDO/Essential

MacCarald, Clara  Bringing Back Our Deserts
Middle school, high school     112 pp.     ABDO/Essential

Perdew, Laura  Bringing Back Our Wetlands
Middle school, high school     112 pp.     ABDO/Essential

Regan, Michael  Bringing Back Our Tundra
Middle school, high school     112 pp.     ABDO/Essential

Conservation Success Stories series. Each in-depth volume examines conservation issues in a major habitat, focusing on topics such as deforestation, pollution, invasive species, and climate change, as well as scientific and legal efforts to restore and revitalize plant and animal populations. Full-page “Science Connection” inserts touch on related background science. Large photographs clearly show humans’ impact on the environment. A cause-and-effect diagram is appended. Reading list. Bib., glos., ind.
Subjects: Pollution and Conservation; Habitats; Environment—Conservation—Wildlife; Environment—Conservation—Natural resources; Environment—Ecology; Climate change; Lakes; Oceans; Marine ecology; Rainforests; Deserts; Wetlands; Tundras; Arctic regions

Martinez, Xiuhtezcatl  We Rise: The Earth Guardians’ Guide to Building a Movement That Restores the Planet
Middle school, high school     240 pp.     Rodale

In this book, teenage author Martinez, an Indigenous climate activist and youth director of the eco organization Earth Guardians, spells out the many environmental problems the world faces, from dying coral reefs to the dangers of fracking. The agenda-crammed but exuberant text underscores the urgency of Martinez’s message, and tips on successful movement-building may inspire a diverse range of teens to be tomorrow’s climate activists.
Subjects: Pollution and Conservation; Activism; Climate change; Environment; Indigenous Peoples

McCarthy, Meghan  All That Trash: The Story of the 1987 Garbage Barge and Our Problem with Stuff
Gr. K–3     48 pp.     Simon/Wiseman

In 1987, a barge loaded with 3,186 tons of garbage takes off from New York for North Carolina. Public outcry at numerous ports of call denies the barge permission to land. However, the episode wakens a national consciousness about reuse and recycling, further explored in an entertaining and informative back-matter discussion. McCarthy’s illustrations set the historical scene with her trademark caricaturish bug-eyed characters. Bib.
Subjects: Pollution and Conservation; Environment—Refuse and refuse disposal; Environment—Recycling; New York (NY); Oceans; Vehicles—Boats and boating; Vehicles—Ships; Voyages and travels

Messner, Kate  The Brilliant Deep: Rebuilding the World’s Coral Reefs: The Story of Ken Nedimyer and the Coral Restoration Foundation
Gr. K–3     48 pp.     Chronicle

Illustrated by Matthew Forsythe. Messner describes the threatened Florida Keys coral reefs and the efforts of one man — Ken Nedimyer, founder of the Coral Restoration Foundation — to restore them to health and vigor. Forsythe’s illustrations are a unique take on tropical waterscapes, juxtaposing kaleidoscopic color washes with dark and light foundational structures to capture details of the corals and their protectors. “How Can Kids Help?” section is appended. Reading list, websites. Glos.
Subjects: Pollution and Conservation; Coral reefs and islands; Environment; Florida Keys (FL); Nedimyer, Ken

Sawyer, Ava  Humans and Earth’s Atmosphere: What’s in the Air?
Gr. 4–6     32 pp.     Capstone

Sawyer, Ava  Humans and Other Life on Earth: Sharing the Planet
Gr. 4–6     32 pp.     Capstone

Fact Finders: Humans and Our Planet series. This series, aimed at third and fourth graders, discusses ways in which humans impact the natural environment, focusing mainly on pollution and the pressures of human development on animals and the atmosphere. After outlining many of the negative effects, each book’s final chapter presents practical options for readers to help. Color photographs and diagrams clearly convey the severity of the problem. Reading list, timeline. Glos., ind.
Subjects: Pollution and Conservation; Atmosphere; Biodiversity; Environment—Air pollution; Environment—Conservation—Wildlife; Environment—Greenhouse effect

From the November 2018 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book.

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