Hothouse Earth: The Climate Crisis and the Importance of Carbon Neutrality

Lerner/Twenty-First Century. Mar. 2021. 136p. Tr $37.32. ISBN 9781541579170.
Gr 6-8–This title explores climate change in an accessible yet slightly academic way and will help students understand the causes and consequences of this issue. McPherson does a fantastic job of breaking down the science behind global warming and climate change. She uses examples that spotlight real people in different parts of the world. The language can be challenging but is not overwhelming or inaccessible. McPherson connects climate change to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, which many schools are currently exploring. This aspect of the work could allow educators to use the book for more than one class. The reading level and subject are perfect for middle school students. The text could be used as a reference source or it could be read cover-to-cover without feeling tedious.
VERDICT A great addition to middle school libraries, particularly in schools that are incorporating the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals in their curriculums.

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