Three very good and very different books for students about climate change

 Some students are very curious about climate change.  Others can be frightened by it.  In two of these books, plot twists take students to an understanding of the issue.  In one, climate change is front and center.  Keep reading (and watching!)

  • Pax by Sara Pennypacker is really about how war separates two dear friends, a boy, and his pet fox.  But the underlying premise is that it is a war over water rights that makes Peter's dad decide to leave Pax in the woods.  You can watch my video review here.  
  • Paradise on Fire by Jewell Parker Rhodes is about the increase in forest fires in California, mostly because of carelessness.  But the drought that the state has been experiencing certainly makes their spread easier.  This action-filled plot follows Addy and 5 other inner-city kids who go to a remote camp for the summer.  You can watch my video review here.
  • Dry by Neal Shusterman and Jarrod Shusterman is an action-packed thriller about some teenagers in California, living with "the tap-out."  This is a set of rules that some of us who live in warmer climates already experience when the water supply runs low: don't water your lawn, don't fill your pool.  But what happens when the water supply runs out?  You can read my review of the book here.

I hope these books keep some of your students reading!

P.S.  I will be taking some time off to spend Christmas with my family for the next few weeks.  I'll be back here in the new year.  I hope you have a wonderful and restorative time away from teaching!

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