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The Carbon Diaries by Saci Lloyd

I am following the example of Amy Young-Buckler in creating a Wordle challenge for my students this month. I intend to print out each of their word clouds to display – hoping to entice more readers and techno-geeks like me to share. While playing with the various formats of, I used some terms from the new book The Carbon Diaries 2015 by Saci Lloyd
This title was in my pile of books for high school/young adult readers and it made for a very interesting eco-thriller read reminding me of Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer. Look for The Carbon Diaries 2015 in April, 2009, from Holiday House. ISBN 978-0-8234-2190-9 $16.95.

Set in the United Kingdom in the near future (2015 isn’t that far away), this title explores a wide variety of teen and global issues including the greenhouse effect, carbon emissions, global warming, fuel shortages, rationing, dating, teachers with agendas, women’s rights, global responsibilities, droughts, food shortages, family relationships, teen rock bands, and so much more. 

I enjoyed the title and hope this title receives great buzz from my fellow greenies. It was serious yet irreverent simultaneously just like teenagers view life. Daily news warns us of pending environmental disasters like what triggered the draconian measures of The Carbon Diaries 2015. The possibilities of the government suddenly enforcing strict rationing and totalitarian measures is not as far-fetched any longer. 

Eve Harvey of Vulpes Libris has written an excellent review – go read her insights to understand more about why this is a witty yet scary title. Jill Murphy on theBook Bag has a review. Author Sam North has reviewed The Carbon Diaries 2015 on Reading Rants! Out of the Ordinary Teen BookLists has a fun review that begins "Sixteen-year-old Brit Laura Brown just wants to rock out with her punk band, the dirty angels. Unfortunately, the environment keeps getting in the way."
The Carbon Diaries 2015
Check out the eco-friendly looking UK cover. Doesn’t it look like a paper bag? 
I have been enjoying reading the UK reviews and global perspectives including Peter Hollindale’s review in Books for Keeps the Children’s Book Magazine. Since the ecological issues addressed in The Carbon Diaries 2015 are global, we need more of a global perspective in book reviews, too.

I hear tell from the Chicklish Interview with Saci Lloyd that there is a sequel The Carbon Diaries 2017 coming soon.