UNDER THE WEATHER by Tony Bradman

UNDER THE WEATHER

Stories About Climate Change
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Age Range: 10 - 14
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KIRKUS REVIEW

From disappearing coral reefs, beaches and bees to increased incidence of floods and malaria, eight short stories illustrate varied effects of climate change around the world. This timely collection comes from England, but its stories are set around the globe and through time, from the Philippines to Sri Lanka and from today to far in the future. The protagonists are young people whose personal worlds are changing and who want to make a difference. Watching belugas in Manitoba, a girl determines to be a marine biologist; disturbing dreams, perhaps from the future, convince another to start a school compost bin. Further afield, a boy in northern Siberia watches the efforts of foreign scientists studying climate change but ignoring its effects on the local culture. Some stories are hopeful, but others are surprisingly bleak; one main character dies. Experiencing these individual stories may help students imagine an issue that previously seemed abstract. The message is clear, but readers may come away more overwhelmed by the magnitude of the problem than motivated to address it. Author biographies are appended. (Short stories. 10-14)

Pub Date: Nov. 1st, 2010
ISBN: 978-1-84507-930-7
Page count: 224pp
Publisher: Frances Lincoln
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 1st, 2010




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