Greta’s Story: The Schoolgirl Who Went On Strike To Save the Planet

Aladdin. Nov. 2019. 144p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781534468771.
Gr 3-7–Using easily accessible language, Camerini drops readers straight into the day that Thunberg began her strike for climate change. The following chapters describe how the young activist became concerned about the environment and what other activities she has used to draw attention to conservation issues. The author uses the schoolgirl’s own words to bring her personality onto the page. Thunberg draws parallels between how she engages in advocacy and American students protesting gun violence: “Children won’t do what you tell them to do, but they will follow your example.” She also explains the reasons behind her actions and conveys the urgency of the situation, “Our house is on fire: our house, planet earth, is going up in flames.” Details about the challenges she has overcome due to Asperger’s syndrome are included, as well as insight into Thunberg’s family and their support of her efforts. Back matter contains an explanation of global warming, suggested steps to take, a glossary, a time line, and a further reading list.
VERDICT Camerini offers a detailed look at this youth activist. Sure to be popular for biography projects.

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