March - EcoReads for Teens

Quote: Only when the last tree has been cut down, Only when the last river has been poisoned, Only when the last fish has been caught, Only then will you find that money cannot be eaten. - Native American Cree Tribe Prophecy

Trash  by Andy Mulligan
Raphael is a dumpsite boy. He spends his days wading through mountains of steaming trash, sifting it, sorting it, breathing it, sleeping on it. Then one unlucky-lucky day, the world turns upside down. A small leather bag falls into his hands. It’s a bag of clues. It’s a bag of hope. It’s a bag that will change everything. Soon Raphael and his friends are running for their lives. Hounded by the police, it takes all their quick-thinking and fast-talking to stay ahead. As the net tightens, they uncover a dead man’s mission to put right a terrible wrong. And it's three street-boys against the world...Pick up TRASH today!

Lake at the end of the World
by Caroline McDonald

Have you ever wondered what the earth will be like in twenty years time? Set in the year 2025, this book describes the dark and primitive future in store for us if we continue on our present path of destruction. This thrilling science fiction novel follows the experiences of the two main characters, Dianna and Hector who learn to trust each other in a world where only a handful of people have survived the nuclear and chemical devastation. A highly acclaimed novel from a popular writer. (Fantastic book, I've never forgotten it!)

Flyaway  by Lucy Christopher     One cold winter morning, Dad gets sick – and goes into hospital. It’s there I meet Harry, with his scruffy hair and firefly eyes. From his window we watch a wild swan on the frozen lake outside. There’s something different about her, truly different. She's almost magical. 
While visiting her father in hospital, Isla meets Harry, the first boy to understand her and her love of the outdoors. But Harry is ill, and as his health fails, Isla is determined to help him in the only way she knows how. Together they watch a lone swan struggling to fly on the lake outside Harry’s window. Isla believes that if she can help the damaged swan, somehow she can help Harry. And in doing so, she embarks upon a breathtakingly magical journey of her own.

Forty signs of Rain  by Kim Stanley Robinson
This is a novel that features cutting-edge science, international politics, and the real-life ramifications of global warming as they are played out in America's national capital TODAY — all told through the daily lives of those at the center of the action. Hauntingly realistic, the novel is set in the near future but inspired by scientific facts already making headlines. With style, wit, and rare insight into our past, present, and possible future, the novel propels us into a world on the verge of unprecedented change.  (Be warned this is an adult novel but it is highly recommended for high school students - our future decision-makers to ponder and digest)