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Children's Nonfiction Environmental Conservation & Protection

Climate Change /tp

A Groundwork Guide

by (author) Shelley Tanaka

series edited by Jane Springer

Groundwood Books Ltd
Initial publish date
Jul 2006
Environmental Conservation & Protection, Environmental Science, Weather
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Jul 2006
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 0 to 18
  • Grade: p to 12
  • Reading age: 0


"[The Groundwork Guides] are excellent books, mandatory for school libraries and the increasing body of young people prepared to take ownership of the situations and problems previous generations have left them." -- Globe and Mail

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.

This book 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.

About the authors

SHELLEY TANAKA is an award-winning author, translator and editor. She has written more than twenty books for children and young adults, winning the Orbis Pictus Award, the Mr. Christie’s Book Award, the Science in Society Book Award and the Information Book Award, and she has twice been nominated for the Deutsche Jugendliteraturpreis. Other honors include Texas Blue Bonnet runner-up, School Library Journal Best Books, ALA Notables and IRA Young Adults’ Choice. Her translation of Michel Noel’s Good for Nothing won the Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People and was on the IBBY Honor List (Commended). Shelley teaches at Vermont College of Fine Arts, in the MFA Program in Writing for Children and Young Adults. She lives in Kingston, Ontario.


Shelley Tanaka's profile page

Jane Springer is the author of Genocide, part of the Groundwork Guides series for which she is also the series editor. She is a consultant in international development and has lived and worked in Mozambique and India. She is the author of Listen to Us: The World's Working Children and translator of the Portuguese-language books Nest Egg and Tales from the Amazon. Jane Springer lives in Toronto.

Jane Springer's profile page


  • Commended, CCBC Our Choice (Starred Selection)
  • Commended, Maine State Library Cream of the Crop List
  • Commended, Booklist Top 10 Youth Series - Nonfiction
  • Commended, Booklist's Top 5 Series Titles on Global Warming

Editorial Reviews

This book is an excellent addition to science libraries. It is clearly written about a complex issue.

Resource Links

If a library can only afford one book on the subject, this title in the Groundwork Guides series is a terrific choice. With its small trim size and Tanaka's concise and lucid prose, this provides an excellent overview of what is happening and why, and what needs to be done on an individual and global scale. Includes source notes as well as a glossary and further reading list.


...compact [and] highly readable...

Curriculum Connections (SLJ)

The authors express strong viewpoints that are sure to jolt readers into ready agreement or opposition...These concise, straightforward titles are important additions to all collections.

School Library Journal

...leads the reader through the history and effects of modern environmental destruction, citing examples that make the academic data seem startlingly real...

Globe and Mail

...many students needing materials for reports or debates will want this for the well-documented information and handy, backpack friendly size.


Each of the four well-written and engaging books in this valuable series provides a foundation for understanding an important subject relevant to current world stability and peace.

Library Media Connection

[Climate Change] serves as a good introduction to the subject and will be useful for students doing projects on climate change.

CM Magazine

[The Groundwork Guides] are excellent books, mandatory for school libraries and the increasing body of young people prepared to take ownership of the situations and problems previous generations have left them.

Globe and Mail

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