Trash Revolution

Erica Fyvie
Bill Slavin

All the “stuff” that surrounds us has a life cycle: materials are harvested, the stuff is made and distributed, it's consumed and then it gets trashed or recycled. Using the typical contents of a child's school backpack (defined as water, food, clothing, paper, plastic, metals, electronics), this book explores those stages in detail, including lots of ways to reduce, reuse or recycle waste along the way. Children will gain new insight into the routine decisions they make about their own consuming and trashing or recycling practices. For example: How long does it take for a cotton T-shirt to decompose in a landfill? Can a bike helmet be made from recyclable materials? Which is better for the Earth, wrapping a sandwich in aluminum foil or plastic? By learning to use critical thinking skills to make informed choices, children will feel empowered by the important, constructive role they can play in the future health of the planet.

Author Erica Fyvie has found a way to use everyday objects to speak directly to children's curiosity and their desire to make a difference. With infographics, short subsections, sidebars and charts, the information presented is engaging and accessible. Playful illustrations by award-winning illustrator Bill Slavin help make complex subjects easier to understand, while keeping the tone friendly. From energy to climate, innovations to sustainability, this all-encompassing look at a timely topic is the perfect go-to resource for elementary science and social studies classrooms. Includes a glossary, resources, bibliography and index.

978-1-77138-078-2 | Apr 3, 2018
List Price: USD $18.99, CAD $19.99
4-color 8 1/2 x 11 64 pages
Grades: 3 To 7 / Ages: 8 to 12
978-1-5253-0630-3 | Oct 6, 2020
List Price: USD $11.99, CAD $11.99

Awards & Reviews

“Endlessly informative and eminently readable ...”
— School Library Journal, Starred Review, February 2018
“... the content is both approachable and interesting, and it leaves readers with a sense of responsibility for the Earth's future.”
— Kirkus Reviews, February 2018
“Slavin illustrates in lively pen-and-ink art, featuring cartoonlike characters implementing workable solutions to combat waste, which Fyvie encourages readers to embrace themselves.”
— Publishers Weekly, March 2018
“Offering good reasons for reducing, reusing, and recycling, this book sketches an overall picture of the waste cycle, fills it with densely packed facts, and connects it with readers' lives.”
— Booklist, April 2018
“Anyone who's interested in the waste cycle will have fun getting information out of this book.”
— San Francisco Book Review, June 2018
“... impressive and comprehensive ...”
— School Library Connection, October 2018
“... reinforces the need to be aware, to make responsible choices, and for everyone to do their part in reducing the amount of waste in the environment.”
— CM Magazine, October 2018
“Anyone, adults included, will learn something new and valid by browsing through Trash Revolution.”
— Resource Links, October 2018
“... very informative, with thoughtful explanations of what we can all do to make environmentally friendly choices.”
— Science Magazine, December 2018
2019 - Red Maple Nonfiction Award, Ontario Library Association, Nominated
2019 - Children's and Young Adults' Book Awards - Intermediate Nonfiction Category, International Literacy Association, Winner
2019 - Middle Grades Science Book Award, AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books, Finalist
2019 - Green Earth Book Award, Children's Nonfiction Category, The Nature Generation, Winner
2019 - Just One More Page! Recommendation List, WSRA Children's Literature Committee, Listed
2019 - Best Children's Books of the Year, Bank Street College, Outstanding Merit Selection
2019 - Skipping Stones Honor List, Skipping Stones Magazine, Winner
2019 - Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children's Non-Fiction, Canadian Children's Book Centre Awards, Finalist
2018 - Eureka! Nonfiction Children's Book Award, California Reading Association, Honor Book
2018 - Best Books for Kids and Teens, The Canadian Children's Book Centre, Winner
2018 - Youth Book Award, Science Writers and Communicators of Canada, Short-listed
2018 - Lane Anderson Award, Fitzhenry Family Foundation, Short-listed

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