Series: Orca Footprints

Released: April 3, 2018

"Most useful for adults who want to encourage youth groups to engage in social action. (resources, glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
Families, friends, communities, social groups, international organizations: these are the social structures that can enable people to lead full, rich lives. Read full book review >
GOING WILD by Michelle Mulder
Released: March 20, 2018

"Recommended for settings where others in the series have been useful. (resources, index) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Dependent on what they could find in nature for thousands of years, humans eventually developed agriculture and banded together into cities, but now they're looking for ways to bring the natural world into urban environments. Read full book review >
A FAIR DEAL by Kari Jones
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"Jones catches the beauty of fair trade in the way it strengthens morale and human dignity for all those engaged, and she provides a grounded (and painless) introduction to world geography. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
"Fair trade is not about spending more money or buying more stuff. It's about bringing justice to people around the world." Fair enough. Read full book review >
DOWN TO EARTH by Nikki Tate
Released: April 4, 2017

"Informative, varied, entertaining, eye-catching—there's not much more you could ask of this unaffected piece of work. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
A global survey of small-scale food production, with kids pitching in with the everyday chores. Read full book review >
LET'S EAT by Kimberley Veness
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Readers will want to go out and get some dirt under their fingernails. (resources, index) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Stories abound at the local supermarket, but you will have to talk to the food. Read full book review >
POCKET CHANGE by Michelle Mulder
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Ambitious in scope and mission but uneven in execution; nevertheless, valuable in its illustration of alternative models of commerce. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
A serious recalibration of our consumerist lifestyle is in order according to Mulder in this valiant attempt to historically situate an economic practice run amok. Read full book review >
DEEP ROOTS by Nikki Tate
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"Still, a solid foundation, a taproot to appreciating the incredible diversity and contribution of trees to our everyday lives. (resources, glossary index) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
A rangy introduction to trees and how they sustain our very existence. Read full book review >
WHAT'S THE BUZZ? by Merrie-Ellen Wilcox
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"As comprehensive an introduction as can be found in 48 pages. (index) (Nonfiction. 8-12) "
Author and hobbyist beekeeper Wilcox presents a cheery introduction to honeybees and their wild cousins. Read full book review >
TRASH TALK by Michelle Mulder
Released: April 1, 2015

"Enclosed in these pages is plenty of food for thought and examples for direct action. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
To dumpster dive, to glean, perchance to dream of a zero-waste world. Read full book review >
TAKE SHELTER by Nikki Tate
Released: Oct. 1, 2014

"'Sanctuary' springs from the Latin sanctus, or holy—and the Tates have kept that well in mind. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Once you start thinking of your home as a sanctuary, then your ingenuity can run pretty wild, as seen in this global tour of dwellings. Read full book review >
EVERY LAST DROP by Michelle Mulder
Released: April 1, 2014

"Informative, attractive and alarming—readers will think twice before leaving the water running as they brush their teeth. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
You turn a tap. The water flows: clean and, if not abundantly, at least steadily. You are the lucky one in two humans. Read full book review >
BRILLIANT! by Michelle Mulder
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"A smart, welcoming introduction to alternative fuels, one that puts the greater world in readers' hands. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Mulder offers an upbeat exploration of the often-curious world of alternative energy. Read full book review >
PEDAL IT! by Michelle Mulder
Released: May 1, 2013

"A smart, tangy history of our two-wheeled friend. (Nonfiction. 8-14)"
A bike's design is to get you from A to B, concedes Mulder, but it can also mix a smoothie, spin a centrifuge, grind grain and even change the world. Read full book review >