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Guides to Juvenile and YA Eco-Fiction
Classic and new fiction for young adults and teens
Eco-Wolf and the Three Pigs by
Publication Date: 1996
In this modern twist on the classic story of The Three Little Pigs, Eco-Wolf and his woodland warriors save the forest and valley from three polluting pigs. Part of the Seriously Silly Stories series.
The Islands at the End of the World by
Publication Date: 2014-08-05
Stranded in Honolulu when a strange cloud causes a worldwide electronics failure, sixteen-year-old Leilani and her father must make their way home to Hilo amid escalating perils, including her severe epilepsy.
The Earth Is My Mother by
Publication Date: 2000-01-04
By following clues from a dream and taking photographs of endangered wilderness areas, eleven-year-old Sarah and a Native American environmentalist try to prevent the commercial development of a southwestern canyon.
Out of Breath (the Lithia Trilogy, Book 1) by
Publication Date: 2011-10-31
Nineteen-year-old Kat Jones has been a competitive runner since she was a young girl, but after her mother’s death, the path her life was supposed to take begins to crumble around her -- until one day, she finds herself on the run in a literal sense, this time in a race for her very life. Kat's journey takes her to the Pacific Northwest town of Lithia, the place of her last good memories, of the days when her mother was still alive. But soon after her arrival, strange things begin to happen in Lithia -- and when one of her new friends disappears under mysterious circumstances, Kat begins to realize that Lithia’s inhabitants are not all of this world. Worst of all, she is falling in love with one of these otherworldly locals, and the friend who hopes to save her has secrets of his own…
The Ghost Runner (the Lithia Trilogy, Book 2) by
Publication Date: 2012-10-01
In The Ghost Runner, Kat is still in Lithia, trying not to see Roman’s face everywhere she looks. It’s not easy, but she tries to move on: She starts taking classes at the local college, keeps up with her job at the running store, and is beginning a relationship with Alex. Yet Kat’s past is never far behind, and as old ghosts begin to catch up with her, she finds herself fighting to defend the things she believes in, from the hope of a new family to the deeply wooded forests that she has begun to call home. As her relationship with Alex begins to crumble, a new secret from her past emerges, and she is once again torn between those she loves as she struggles to reconcile her dark past with her hopes for a brighter future. The Ghost Runner, continuing Kat's adventures in Out of Breath, brings us further into the mysterious town of Lithia, where the old traditions of logging and gold mining—and the new traditions of development—collide with conservation. Meanwhile, the spirits of the town keep watch over everything—and occasionally find it necessary to intervene…
The Last Mile (the Lithia Trilogy, Book 3) by
Publication Date: 2014-10-01
n the final book in the acclaimed Lithia Trilogy, Kat has new losses to mourn but also new reasons to live. On the brink of new beginnings, she is back together with Roman, their relationship deepening more and more even as she wonders whether she may still harbor feelings for Alex. Yet Kat finds it difficult to focus on such things as college and romance, with terror still haunting the hills of Lithia and threatening the entire town. As several recent earthquakes baffle scientists and put residents on edge, it seems that something more dangerous may be looming in Lithia’s future. Trying to balance a busy life while keeping Lithia safe isn’t easy—and soon Kat realizes that nothing is a higher priority than saving her hometown, along with its abundance of land and animals, from devastation. The only problem is that she can’t find a way to do this without leaving Lithia forever—or risking her own life and the lives of those she loves. And her future with Roman appears as unsteady as the ground under her feet…
They Came from Below by
Publication Date: 2007-06-26
NoveList: While vacationing on Cape Cod, best friends Emily, age sixteen, and Reese, seventeen, meet Steve and Dave, who seem too good to be true, and whose presence turns out to be related to a dire threat of global pollution.
Skink - No Surrender by
Publication Date: 2014-09-23
With the help of an eccentric ex-governor, a teenaged boy searches for his missing cousin in the Florida wilds.
Publication Date: 2005-12-27
BookList: It seems unlikely that the master of noir-tinged, surrealistic black humor would write a novel for young readers. And, yet, there has always been something delightfully juvenile about Hiaasen’s imagination; beneath the bent cynicism lurks a distinctly 12-year-old cackle. In this thoroughly engaging tale of how middle-schooler Roy Eberhardt, new kid in Coconut Cove, learns to love South Florida, Hiaasen lets his inner kid run rampant, both the subversive side that loves to see grown-ups make fools of themselves and the righteously indignant side, appalled at the mess being made of our planet. When Roy teams up with some classic children’s lit outsiders to save the home of some tiny burrowing owls, the stage is set for a confrontation between right-thinking kids and slow-witted, wrongheaded civic boosters. But Hiaasen never lets the formula get in his way; the story is full of offbeat humor, buffoonish yet charming supporting characters, and genuinely touching scenes of children enjoying the wildness of nature. He deserves a warm welcome into children’s publishing. (Reviewed October 15, 2002) -- Bill Ott
Publication Date: 2012-02-28
BookList: Hiaasen starts off this story—a hybrid madcap swamp adventure and cast-driven environmental whodunit—with the disappearance of a biology teacher after a fire breaks out during a field trip in the Everglades. The immediate suspect for the fire, at least, is a young miscreant, but friends Nick and Marta figure something else is afoot: it might have something to do with the nefarious oilmen slinking about nearby, as well as the rumor of an endangered panther and her cubs in the swamp. A generous cast of characters—each imbued with a few unexpected traits—flits about and provides most of the impetus to keep things rolling. Adding some emotional heft is the subplot involving Nick's father; he returns home from Iraq minus his right arm, and Nick binds his own arm so that they can learn to become lefties together. Hiaasen's gumbo tastes a lot like his previous efforts, pitting conservation against reckless greed and setting the can-do of youth among determined Floridian quirkiness. But there's a reason why a recipe tastes so good time and again. -- Chipman, Ian (Reviewed 11-01-2008) (Booklist, vol 105, number 5, p41)
Publication Date: 2012-03-27
BookList: You can’t knock Hiaasen for inconsistency. In his fourth monosyllabically titled book for young readers (after Hoot, 2002; Flush, 2005; and Scat, 2009), he keeps to the same formula: set up a cast of plucky, lovable Everglades kooks, pit them against greedy, wildlife-hating outsiders and buffoonish swamp villains, and mix it all up with offbeat humor, swift plotting, and heartfelt environmentalism. Here, our heroes come in the form of Mickey and Wahoo Cray, a father-son team of wildlife wranglers who get hired by a hit reality show starring “survivalist” Derek Badger. It’s immediately clear that Badger is nothing more than a well-edited fraud who’d rather bite the head off a bat to spike ratings than paint an honest picture of Florida wildlife, but that’s only the beginning of their troubles, which are amped up by a pistol-toting drunk, a scheming producer, and the entirely justified lashing out of the animals themselves. Hiaasen is particularly adept at making the preposterous just barely plausible, and again turns in a finely tuned mix of satire and madcap adventure. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Hiaasen’s built a sizable cadre of young fans, and his adult readers will also take notice of a new book for kids. -- Chipman, Ian (Reviewed 11-15-2011) (Booklist, vol 108, number 6, p57)
Publication Date: 2010-05-11
BookList: Hiaasens second novel exhibits some of the same elements found in his 2003 Newbery Honor Book: Florida local color, oddball adults (buxom and brawny), and a delightful quirkiness. But the sparkle that catapulted Hootinto the limelight isn't quite as brilliant here. Even so, there's plenty to like in this yarn, which, once again, drops an environmental issue into the lap of a kid. Righteous indignation, usually resulting from some sabotage of Florida's natural resources, has gotten Noah Underwood's dad in trouble before. This time, however, Dad's gone too far: he sunk a floating casino. Why? Its owner is dumping human waste in the water. Unfortunately, Dad can't prove it, and that's where Noah and his younger sister, Abbey, come in. The amateur sleuthing puts the sibs into some mildly suspenseful, occasionally amusing, situations, which, as in the previous book, share space with run-ins with a local bully (Noah takes some lumps but gets sweet revenge). An old-fashioned deus ex machina interrupts an otherwise believable setup, but Hiaasen still succeeds at relating an entertaining story while getting across a serious message about conservation and the results of just plain greed. -- Stephanie Zvirin (BookList, 08-01-2005, p2028)
Mosquito Point by
Publication Date: 1996-06-01
Joe takes a small job helping an arthritic old boat builder replace some rotten boards in his house. As the two begin to build a boat together, Joe tries to find out what really happened to the old man’s daughter, was an early environmentalist who raised questions about the spraying of DDT around the bay.
Red Flag Warning: An Eco Adventure by
Publication Date: 2021
Red Flag Warning follows the adventures of three special young people from across the world, the amazing animals that are part of their lives, and the terrible threats they face, threats that affect the entire world. The three teens, all scarred by fire, struggle with the deeper wounds to their self-image and dreams. They must learn to respect the wildness of the animals they love and find their own voices, along with the power of community, in the mission to heal the Earth.
Publication Date: 2008-05-19
NoveList: When Polly Greene's older sister Bree runs away from home, Polly and her eccentric grandmother believe she is hiding in the neighboring Idaho woods, and when they discover a mysterious, hidden grove of larches, Polly and her friends build a shelter for Bree and try to save the grove from developers.
Lostman's River by
Publication Date: 2008-10-16
In the early 1900s, thirteen-year-old Tyler encounters vicious hunters whose actions threaten to destroy the Everglades ecosystem, and as a result joins the battle to protect that fragile environment.
Rogue Harvest by
Publication Date: 2006-10-01
NoveList: In a future Earth recovering from a devastating plague, Jasmine Rochelle, the adopted daughter of a politician assassinated by a radical environmental group, is plunged into a world of genetically engineered drugs, political intrigue and corporate greed leading her and her friend deep into the re-created South American rain forests, where a terrible secret is hidden.
Blood Sun by
Publication Date: 2011-12-27
Number 3 in the Danger Zone Series
NoveList: Desperate to uncover the secret of his mother's death, fifteen-year-old Max Gordon, pursued by enemies, travels from the bleakness of Dartmoor to the rainforest of Central America, where the environmental devastation hides a sinister secret.
Publication Date: 2010-05-25
Number 3 in the Caretaker Trilogy
NoveList: Jack discovers that the only way to protect the Earth from ecological disaster at the hands of the Dark Army is to lock time, and he must choose between staying in the present or returning to the future world from which he came.
Flight or Fight by
Publication Date: 2010-01-01
NoveList: When shy, quiet Jane Ray rescues a drowning seabird from an oil spill in the waters off Vancouver, she finds herself face-to-face with national television cameras and head-to-head with the alleged culprit, SeaKing Shipping Pacific.
Flipper Junior Novelization by
Publication Date: 1996-04-16
Sandy, a city kid with an attitude, is unhappy being forced to spend the summer on an island with his uncle, but then he finds a friend in Flipper the dolphin and uncovers an environmental hazard in the sea.
Saving the Planet and Stuff by
Publication Date: 2003-06-02
BookList: When 16-year-old Michael’s summer job plans fizzle, he leaps at the next offer that comes along: helping in the office of a well-established environmental magazine while living with its founders, Walt and Nora, who are friends of his grandparents. Michael begins to think he’s made a big mistake even before spending his first night in a spare bedroom packed with not-yet-recycled styrofoam, paper and plastic bags, boxes, and the like. During the next few weeks, though, he gets to know Walt and Nora and is drawn into the office politics that threaten the magazine’s mission. A keen observer with a wry wit, Michael is a sympathetic character, always sure his friends are having a better summer than he is. His sometimes sardonic responses to the casual environmental lectures by Walt and Nora will make the information in them more palatable to readers. A new slant on ecological fiction. (Reviewed May 15, 2003) -- Carolyn Phelan
Publication Date: 2014-03-14
Feeling guilty after her mother's accidental death, sixteen-year-old Tessendra Rockwood leaves the abundance of Eden to fight for survival in the drought-devastated Badlands, but when she joins the rebel group, Kudzu, to fight the tyranny of Eden's government, she is in for some big surprises.
Nokosee and Stormy by
Publication Date: 2011-01-29
From the publisher: You're Stormy Jones, a pregnant 17-year-old punk rock chick with "sky eyes" and a pink tipped blond Mohawk with spear tats on each side of your shaved head. You're racing a stolen chopper that belongs to the chief of the Seminoles and it seems half the cops in south Florida are hot on your tail from land, sea, and air. You're wanted by the Feds for domestic terrorism and you and your Seminole/Cuban boyfriend Nokosee just made the FBI's Ten Most Wanted List but it's all a big misunderstanding.
Publication Date: 2008-02-01
From the publisher: Cultures clash, sparks fly, love blooms, people die, and two kids, one a little bit punk and the other way too country, see their lives changed forever. Stormy Jones has to spend summers with her father, an Everglades park ranger. Thinking it might build character, he drags her along to fight an Everglades fire and promptly loses her when it gets out of control.
A Bird, a Girl, and a Rescue by
Publication Date: 2016-01-01
Eleven-year-old Kiisa and her messenger bird, Njili, go on a dangerous rescue mission in Africa that includes rebels, stolen girls, illegal logging, a hungry cobra, and learning bravery and forgiveness along the way.
A Chameleon, a Boy, and a Quest by
Publication Date: 2015-10-06
Orphaned ten-year-old Mu's drudgery-filled life changes forever when he meets a talking chameleon and the pair embark on an adventurous quest in the everchanging landscape of Africa.
A Forest, a Flood, and an Unlikely Star by
Publication Date: 2017-09-18
The story of a young boy, orphaned by AIDS in a fictional African setting, who becomes involved in a dangerous adventure with illegal deforestation and an endangered gorilla along the way.
Sila's Revenge by
Publication Date: 2010-06-01
NoveList: When Ashley travels from her remote Arctic community to New York City to perform with her Dream Drummer group at Carnegie Hall, they meet a former environmentalist who is determined to endanger the Earth.
The Missing 'Gator of Gumbo Limbo by
Publication Date: 1993-03-19
Sixth-grader Liza K., one of five homeless people living in an unspoiled forest in southern Florida, searches for a missing alligator destined for official extermination and studies the delicate ecological balance keeping her outdoor home beautiful. One in a series of eco mysteries by the author, who also wrote the My Side of the Mountain trilogy.
The Fire Bug Connection by
Publication Date: 1995-02-03
Twelve-year-old Maggie receives European fire bugs for her birthday, but when they fail to metamorphose and grow grossly large and explode instead, she uses scientific reasoning to determine the cause of their strange death. One in a series of eco mysteries by the author, who also wrote the My Side of the Mountain trilogy.
The Case of the Missing Cutthroats by
Publication Date: 1999-03-27
After Spinner Shafter catches a cutthroat trout in the Snake River, she and her cousin Alligator search the nearby mountains to determine where the endangered fish came from and how it survived. One in a series of eco mysteries by the author, who also wrote the My Side of the Mountain trilogy.
The Highest Tide by
Publication Date: 2005-09-08
Miles O'Malley, a boy with a fascination for the sea, copes with the trials of growing up, his infatuation with the girl next door, bickering parents, and his fear that his life and his beloved Puget Sound are slipping away.
Publication Date: 1996-12-01
Seventeen-year-old Jason and his girlfriend Kris spearhead a movement to save a wilderness area from being replaced by a mall.
Doorway to Darkness by
Publication Date: 2007-01-01
While a group of people camps near a road construction site in hopes of saving a hill that some believe holds a terrible secret, a large predator begins roaming the area.
The Ward by
Publication Date: 2013-04-30
Set in a futuristic Manhattan after a catastrophic flood called the Wash Out, sixteen-year-old Ren must race against a conspiracy to find freshwater springs and a cure for the deadly disease that has stricken her sister and many others in the Ward.
Hazardous Homestead by
Publication Date: 1992-04-01
The reader’s choices decide the course of the action when a group of friends discover that someone is dumping toxic wastes near the ranch they are visiting.
The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp by
Publication Date: 2013-07-23
Twelve-year-old Chap Brayburn, ancient Sugar Man, and his raccoon-brother Swamp Scouts Bingo and J'miah try to save Bayou Tourterelle from feral pigs Clydine and Buzzie, greedy Sunny Boy Beaucoup, and world-class alligator wrestler and would-be land developer Jaeger Stitch. Winner of the 2014 Green Earth Book Award. Finalist for the National Book Award
Trash Trouble by
Publication Date: 2003-09-01
On a field trip to the Nature Center, Three J leads his second-grade classmates on a mission to pick up as much trash as posssible after they find a bird caught in a discarded lunch bag. A Rookie Reader book.
The Kingfisher's Tale by
Publication Date: 2000-09-01
NoveList: The discovery of dead birds in a national forest leads the four teenaged members of Misfits, Inc. to investigate a mystery involving logging, militant environmental groups, congressional campaign contributions, and revenge.
Publication Date: 2007-08-14
When vandals trash McPhearson Park, Amy leads the way as she, Morgan, Carlie, Emily, and Chelsea, the newest club member, make it their project to save the spot from being turned into a parking lot and restore it to a place of beauty and fun. (Other genre: Christian fiction)
Publication Date: 2011-09-27
After the eruption of the Yellowstone supervolcano destroys his city and its surroundings, fifteen-year-old Alex must journey from Cedar Falls, Iowa, to Illinois to find his parents and sister, trying to survive in a transformed landscape and a new society in which all the old rules of living have vanished.
Publication Date: 2014-04-15
Nearly a year after the eruption of the Yellowstone supervolcano, survival has become harder than ever and Alex and Darla must risk everything to try to create a community that can withstand the ongoing disaster.
Ashen Winter by
Publication Date: 2012-10-16
More than six months after the eruption of the Yellowstone supervolcano, Alex and Darla retrace their steps to Iowa hoping to find Alex's parents and bring them to the tenuous safety of Illinois, but the journey is ever more perilous as the remaining communities fight to the death for food and power.
Not a Drop to Drink by
Publication Date: 2013-09-24
Sixteen-year-old Lynn will do anything to protect her valuable water source, but the arrival of new neighbors forces her to reconsider her attitudes.
The Lord of Opium by
Publication Date: 2013-09-03
In 2137, fourteen-year-old Matt is stunned to learn that, as the clone of El Patrón, he is expected to take over as leader of the corrupt drug empire of Opium, where there is also a hidden cure for the ecological devastation faced by the rest of the world. 2014 Green Earth Book Award Honor Book.
The Big Melt by
Publication Date: 2018-08-01
Sleepy Valley is similar in many ways to the town where you live. Things seem fine, but no one is thinking about the future. Are you ready for what is about to happen to you, and to towns all across the country and around the world? Marley and Brianne are not, and neither are their parents, their neighbors, or anyone else in Sleepy Valley. When they wake up the day after their high school graduation, their lives are turned upside down, and their plans for the future changed forever. A series of climate catastrophes descends on Sleepy Valley, and Marley and Brianne must struggle to save their town and the world as they know it. Through their struggles, they find their voices and purposes for living.
Publication Date: 2013-06-18
Eighteen-year-old Piper lives with her controlling mother amid a Global Heating Crisis, but when she gets her first taste of freedom she discovers a universe of gods and monsters where her true identity, kept secret from her birth, could make all the difference in the world.
Publication Date: 2008-06-24
NoveList: After Danni and her mother move in with her mother's alcoholic boyfriend, Danni wrestles with her own identity when she finds herself with a crush on her soon-to-be stepbrother, a hardcore environmentalist.
Circle Tide by
Publication Date: 2011-08-15
NoveList: Following Rebecca K. Rowe's break out novel, Forbidden Cargo, Circle Tide, throws together two unlikely heroes: Noah, an environmentalist and a fugitive suspected in a high-profile murder, and Rika Grant, a mind-enhanced Dee Jay. Together they must track down a Senator's assassin, save themselves from prosecution and prevent the planet from an eco-catastrophe.
After the Snow by
Publication Date: 2012-03-27
Fifteen-year-old Willo Blake, born after the 2059 snows that ushered in a new ice age, encounters outlaws, halfmen, and an abandoned girl as he journeys in search of his family, who mysteriously disappeared from the freezing mountain that was their home.
The Carbon Diaries 2015 by
Publication Date: 2010-07-01
Publisher's Weekly: Global warming is rapidly changing the world in Lloyd's accomplished first novel, in which the United Kingdom, still reeling from the Great Storm, becomes the first nation on Earth to institute mandatory carbon rationing, a 60% decrease in all energy use. Sixteen-year-old Laura just wants to pass her classes, play with her band and maybe catch the eye of cute neighbor Ravi. With the weather tipping wildly out of control, she and her highly dysfunctional family (“We are officially the bad family on the street now, the family that other families call the cops on”) must contend with blackouts, water shortages and riots, followed by torrential rains and the flooding of London. This gritty eco-thriller, made up of Laura's diary entries throughout the year 2015, features a nicely developed sense of place, complex and believable characters and an all-too-plausible near-future scenario, as Britons make do, pull together and triumph over adversity. Fans of Cory Doctorow's Little Brother and Meg Rosoff's How I Live Now should find this book a gripping read. Ages 12–up. (Apr.) --Staff (Reviewed April 6, 2009) (Publishers Weekly, vol 256, issue 14, p48)
Publication Date: 2012-10-02
In a barren land, a shimmering glass dome houses the survivors of the Switch, the period when oxygen levels plunged and the green world withered. A state lottery meant a lucky few won safety, while the rest suffocated in the thin air. And now Alina, Quinn, and Bea--an unlikely trio, each with their own agendas, their own longings and fears--walk straight into the heart of danger. With two days' worth of oxygen in their tanks, they leave the dome. What will happen on the third day?
Publication Date: 2013-10-08
Alina, Quinn, and Bea, now outlaws and outcasts, make their way to the last enclave of the Resistance but once there, they discover they can count on no one but each other and may, in fact, have to betray those they considered allies.
Publication Date: 2012-02-02
In a near future in which the diminishing oil supply has led to mass rioting, sixteen-year-old Faye is sent to an educational facility for "delinquents and crazies," where she is tormented by strange visions of a being sent to destroy the earth in order to save it.
The Canyon by
Publication Date: 2002-04-01
Eleven-year-old Zach leads the efforts of his San Diego community in trying to stop a company from developing the local canyon that he loves.
The Animal Seeker by
Publication Date: 2013-10-01
Ten-year-old Tommy Williams and his dog, Nept, love to explore the lush woodlands they call home. The forest is their wonderland, filled with amazing animals and fantastic nooks and crannies and things to see. Usually, it is a peaceful place, but lately, something seems to be amiss. Odd lights and weird noises have been waking them up at night, and the animals have been behaving strangely, clearly upset about something. Together, Tommy and Nept decide to get to the bottom of the mysterious happenings in the woodlands, but they aren’t sure if they are prepared for what they might encounter.
Cobra Threat by
Publication Date: 1998-08-14
After discovering tainted water in the creek near his grandmother’s cabin in the Kentucky hills, senior Roy Linden slowly uncovers a connection between his high school team’s new star quarterback, his own football future, and the source of the pollution.
Flash Point by
Publication Date: 2011-04-01
NoveList: After school Luther works part-time with a vet who rescues and retrains birds of prey but when he questions many of the community's beliefs about land use, he risks alienation from his friends and family.
This World We Live In by
Publication Date: 2010-04-01
When the moon's gravitational pull increases, causing massive natural disasters on earth, Miranda and her family struggle to survive in a world without cities or sunlight, and wonder if anyone else in still alive.
The Dead and the Gone by
Publication Date: 2008-06-01
After a meteor hits the moon and sets off a series of horrific climate changes, seventeen-year-old Alex Morales must take care of his sisters alone in the chaos of New York City.
Life As We Knew It by
Publication Date: 2006-10-01
Through journal entries sixteen-year-old Miranda describes her family's struggle to survive after a meteor hits the moon, causing worldwide tsunamis, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions.
Green Boy by
Publication Date: 2003-09-01
Twelve-year-old Trey and his seven-year-old brother Lou, who does not speak, cross the barrier between two worlds, that of their island in the Bahamas, and a land called Pangaia, and play a mysterious role in restoring the natural environment in both places.
Publication Date: 2013
Fourteen-year-old Clementine has left her city life in Boston to spend the winter on Martha's Vineyard. She's what the locals call a Washashore (WASH-a-shore) . . . someone who has come to live on the island but isn't from there. An outsider. Clem doesn't have any friends and doesn't fit in. Her mom and dad aren't getting along. Coco, her best friend, is three hours away. But then Clem finds a fallen bird--an osprey--on the beach. And she meets a lonely boy named Daniel. And everything changes . . . Winner of the 2014 Green Earth Book Award.
Publication Date: 2012-02-01
NoveList: When, just ten years in the future, oil supplies run out and global warming leads to devastating storms, senior high school classmates Tom, Niki, Gwen, Hector, and Brock realize that the world as they know it is ending and lead the way to a more environmentally-friendly society.
Water Inc by
Publication Date: 2005-04-17
BookList: While we wage war over oil, or black gold, an even more serious struggle is taking shape over blue gold, or freshwater, an essential and increasingly endangered resource. Canadian writer Burstyn dramatizes the high stakes involved in the battle for commercial control of “big water” in a smart, sexy, witty, and hard-hitting ecothriller. Diabolical, megawealthy William Greele has put together a consortium of fellow greedy CEOs to build a gargantuan pipeline to pump massive amounts of Quebec water to the “thirsty” U.S. Contemptuous of the concerns of environmentalists and confident that his minions have muzzled the press, Greele coerces a deputy minister into securing government approval. But Greele and his co-conspirators have grievously underestimated their valiant and resourceful foes, including a high-profile environmentalist, Claire Davidowicz; Serge’s wife, Nicole, an expert on water pollutants; a bird-loving former air force officer turned whistleblower; an inspired hacker; and a brave and beautiful journalist. Alluring characters and a careening plot provide shivery pleasures as Burstyn orchestrates a galvanizing introduction to a looming global crisis. -- Donna Seaman (BookList, 08-01-2004, p1896)
Publication Date: 2014-10-07
When a strange rain falls bearing a fatal, contagious disease, Ruby finds herself alone with the only drinkable water quickly running out.