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Children's Nonfiction Cars & Trucks

Rush Hour

Navigating Our Global Traffic Jam

by (author) Erin Silver

Orca Book Publishers
Initial publish date
May 2022
Cars & Trucks, Environmental Conservation & Protection, General
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    May 2022
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  • eBook

    Publish Date
    May 2022
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 8
  • Reading age: 9 to 12


Traffic. It's not only frustrating, it's hurting the planet.

Emissions from cars, buses, trucks and planes are one of the leading causes of pollution in North America. Today there are more cars clogging the roads than ever before. In Rush Hour, learn how traffic got so bad and some of the innovative ways it's being managed around the world. Discover what technological advances like talking cars and electric buses will mean for the future of traffic. Even though they can't drive yet, kids need to take control of the wheel. From walking to school, to carpooling with friends or petitioning the government, the next generation of drivers has to think differently about traffic and understand what they can do now to help protect the environment. And it starts with changing our habits, one less car ride at a time.

About the author

Erin Silver is an award-winning children’s author. Her books include Just Watch Me (Krystal Kite Award nominee), What Kids Did: Stories of Kindness and Invention in the Time of COVID-19 (Hackmatack Award nominee), Proud to Play: LGBTQ+ Athletes Who Made History, Rush Hour: Navigating Our Global Traffic Jam (Blueberry Award winner), Sitting Shiva (Vine Award finalist, TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award finalist) and Good Food, Bad Waste: Let’s Eat for the Planet (2024 American Association for the Advancement of Science/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books finalist). Erin was chosen to tour during Canadian Children’s Book Week in 2023 and is a sought-after speaker at schools, libraries and conferences. She has an MFA in creative nonfiction and a postgraduate journalism degree. Erin lives in Toronto.

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  • Commended, Evanston Public Library Blueberry Award - Changemakers
  • Commended, CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens

Editorial Reviews

“Brief, yet informative…Introduces interesting facts, examples and vocabulary surrounding the topics of traffic, traffic management, and innovations in technology.”

CM: Canadian Review of Materials

“A good case for changing the status quo…Well-chosen color photos illustrate the text and help readers envision the future in this informative addition to the Footprints series.”


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