Eyes Wide Open: Going Beyond the Environmental Headlines

Paul Fleischman, Author, Various, Illustrator
Paul Fleischman. Candlewick, $17.99 (208p) ISBN 978-0-7636-7102-0
Reviewed on: 08/11/2014
Release date: 09/23/2014
“History is happening right here and right now,” writes Newbery Medalist Fleischman in this challenging and provocative overview of current environmental and sociological problems, which urges readers to think critically and broadly about the world. Throughout, Fleischman gives readers a toolbox of deciphering skills with which to recognize—for starters—the vested interests that guide decisions made by those in power, media and PR distortions, and both real and “shadow” solutions. Photographs, sidebars, and an array of suggested resources bolster the hard truths outlined (“Solving the environment requires looking straight at reality and calculating the costs of our lifestyle and options”). Few readers will look at the world the same way after finishing this book. Ages 14–up. (Sept.)