In 2011 I was working on an article about Young Adult fiction with environmental themes, for a review magazine which serves (I believe) mainly school librarians. During that process I published a “call for recommendations” here on Green Path with a short list intended to jog readers’ memories. It elicited several good suggestions, so I left the invitation open.
That article was published in Viewpoint Vol 20/2, Winter 2012, but I continued passively collecting recommendations for future reference. Suggestions up to 2017 have now been incorporated into the body of the post; the post is dated 2017 to reflect this, although the reorganisation was done in 2019.
Fiction Titles – the beginnings of a list
- Jeannie Baker – Where the Forest Meets the Sea 1 A (http://www.jeanniebaker.com/)
- One Less Fish 2 A
- Aboriginal myths and legends often 2
- The Lake at the End of the World 3
- Lucy Christopher – Flyaway C, D
- The Man Who Planted Trees 2 (war veteran in Europe)
- The Blue Feather E (set for Yr 12 English but read and enjoyed a couple of years earlier)
- Carl Hiaasen – novels specially for YA 2 D
- Le Guin – The Word for World is Forest E Plot is very similar to Avatar.
- Kim Stanley Robinson – Forty Signs of Rain trilogy 2, 3 E briefly discussed here.
- Carl Hiaasen – most of his novels 2 E
- 1. Closeness or spiritual connection to natural world
- 2. Conservation activism/protecting the environment
- 3. Post-apocalyptic settings – but only where the disaster was environmental.
- A. Picture books / under 8
- B. Young readers 6 – 9
- C. Pre-teens 9 – 12
- D. Younger teens 12 – 15
- E. Mid-teens – adult
Nonfiction which may be worth mentioning
- Heller: Whale Warriors non-fic but a great yarn and still relevant to current affairs.
- Last Chance to See
The suggestions, in block quotes, are added exactly as they were received. Any words in plain text are mine.
Alice said in March 2012:
May I suggest two YA books with environmental activists themes carried to the extreme: Nokosee: Rise of the New Seminole (http://bit.ly/Nokosee) and its sequel Nokosee & Stormy: Love & Bullets (http://amzn.to/fqOoph) are written from a 17-year-old girl’s POV. These coming-of-age tales come with lots of action, adventure and romance layered over a twisted save-the-environment plea.
Thanks, Alice, they are just the kind of book I’ve been looking for and I will try to track them down. The setting reminds me, of course, of Carl Hiaasen’s books. Age-wise, they slot in neatly between his children’s books (Flush, Hoot, etc) and his adult fiction, but the descriptions you have linked to suggest these books don’t play for laughs the way he does.