May 26, 2018

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Trash Revolution by Erica Fyvie | SLJ Review

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redstarFYVIE, Erica. Trash Revolution: Breaking the Waste Cycle. illus. by Bill Slavin. 64p. chart. further reading. glossary. index. Kids Can. Apr. 2018. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781771380782.

Gr 3-6 –Using the contents of an average kid’s backpack as a starting point, the author explores the production, use, and eventual end of products involving water, paper, food, plastic, clothing, metals, and electronics. Thorough yet never dull or heavy handed, the text offers information about the life cycle of common and necessary materials and the many stages each goes through before it is consumed or discarded. There is emphasis on the need to reduce waste and many facts and statistics are offered to support the notion that the amount of garbage produced on Earth is no longer sustainable. Innovative ideas currently being offered to combat waste, such as edible or compostable spoons, using zoo poop for energy, and cell phones to prevent deforestation in rainforests are discussed. Information such as the time required to decompose running shoes (1,000 years) and T-shirts (six months) will give students a clearer idea of the necessity for repurposing goods or of doing away with the acquisition of unnecessary stuff. A final chapter discussing waste in space moves the problem from Earth into the stratosphere. Amusing and instructive illustrations, charts, and sidebars add interest as well as details pertaining to the waste cycle and will inspire readers to become more educated consumers involved in a zero-waste future. VERDICT Endlessly informative and eminently readable, this book is an invaluable resource for students interested in the creation of goods and the resulting waste cycle.–Eva Elisabeth VonAncken, formerly at Trinity-Pawling School, NY

This review was published in the School Library Journal February 2018 issue.



  1. liv lilley says:

    i read this book, and i can completely back up this review. the text is clear, organized, and easy to understand. i actually really loved it, and i enjoyed reading it. i learned so much! so glad i discovered it, and, not to mention, actually understood it! lol :)

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