My “Call for Book Recommendations” is somewhat out of date but it explains the rest of the page so I have left it as it was. The article it mentions was published in Viewpoint Vol 20/2, Winter 2012, and at present (Feb. 2013) I am just passively collecting recommendations for future reference.
Call for Book Recommendations – 2011
I’m working on an article about Young Adult fiction with environmental themes, for a review magazine which serves (I believe) mainly school librarians.
There are lots of books for very young readers and I know quite a lot of older, mostly foreign, books for teenage-adult readers (Le Guin, etc) but I don’t know enough recent novels for the 10 – 15 year old age group so I would really like your suggestions – and it’s even better if the authors are Australian.
You may remember a similar request a few months ago. This article is my response to realising that I didn’t know enough then to help a teacher who came to me for recommendations.
What I’ve got here already is only a beginning but may at least jog your memory. You can contribute by email or through the ‘Comment’ form on this page (‘moderation’ is painless – it is just a way of avoiding spammers).
- 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
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
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