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Annick Press Spring 2017

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    Guided Reading Level: T Lexile measure: 1040L
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What a Waste
Where Does Our Garbage Go?
By (author): Claire Eamer Illustrated by: Bambi Edlund
Claire Eamer ,

Illustrated by :

Bambi Edlund


Annick Press - Toronto



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Juvenile: Age (years) 9 - 12
Mar 14, 2017
$22.95 CAD


9in x 6.5 x 0.35 in | 340 gr

Page Count:

96 pages
Annick Press
JUVENILE NONFICTION / Science & Nature / Environmental Conservation & Protection
American Association for the Advancement of Science SB&F Prize 2017, Long-listed Best Books for Kids & Teens, *starred selection, Canadian Children’s Book Centre 2017, Joint winner Canadian Children’s Literature Roundtables Information Book Awards 2018, Short-listed Green Book Festival Award 2017, Runner-up Red Cedar Book Award 2018, Nominated Science Communication Award, American Institute of Physics 2018, Joint winner Silver Birch Award, Ontario Library Association 2017, Nominated Skipping Stones Honor Award 2018, Joint winner UN’s Sustainable Development Goals Book Club 2021, Joint winner Youth Science Book Award, Science Writers and Communicators of Canada 2018, Short-listed
  • Short Description
Hold your nose while you read about the disgustingly fascinating world of garbage!
Hold your nose while you read about the disgustingly fascinating world of garbage! What a Waste! answers the question: when we throw something away, where is “away”? Ever since cave people cracked open seafood shells for dinner, humans have produced garbage, and we’ve had to figure out what to do with it. What a Waste! explores the history of garbage from earliest times to today, covering subjects including dumps, human waste, water pollution, “problem” garbage, and modern “throwaway” culture. From islands made out of 5,000-year-old garbage in the Florida Everglades and sophisticated waste-disposal systems in ancient Pakistan to “fatbergs” the size of a city bus in sewers today, What a Waste! delves into the fascinating, weird, and often disgusting world of garbage, and shows why it’s a growing problem. Creative solutions are showcased, like Repair Cafés to fix broken items, grocery stores that specialize in “imperfect” fruits and vegetables, and filtration systems in Kenya made from discarded water bottles. With an inviting presentation including hand-lettering and humorous illustrations, this book will both educate and entertain young readers.

- An engaging, kid-friendly introduction to a hot topic - Inviting, highly visual treatment with humorous illustrations - Author has written many award-winning children’s books on science and nature topics - Topics such as food waste, pollution, waste energy, and recycling are frequently in the news, and there are many organizations and initiatives devoted to reducing waste - An excellent resource for kids’ environmental clubs or groups - Accessible text for young readers with many short sidebars and facts - Includes many positive solutions for reducing waste

Claire Eamer has written many award-winning nonfiction books for children, including Before the World Was Ready: Stories of Daring Genius in Science; The World in Your Lunch Box: The Wacky History and Weird Science of Everyday Foods; and Super Crocs & Monster Wings: Modern Animals’ Ancient Pasts. She lives on Gabriola Island in British Columbia.

Bambi Edlund is an illustrator and designer living in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Awards and reviews for Before the World Was Ready *Best Books for Kids & Teens 2014, Canadian Children’s Book Centre *Lane Anderson Award *Canadian Science Writers’ Association Award finalist *Red Cedar Book Award finalist *2015 Information Book Award finalist, Children’s Literature Roundtables of Canada *2015 Rocky Mountain Book Award nomination “Aside from providing interesting biographical reading, this book is replete with life lessons for adolescents and tweens about flouting popularity in the name of what is right.”—Booklist “This engaging book has much to offer both children and adults and would be a wonderful personal gift or addition to any science classroom or library.”—The Guardian Awards and reviews for The World in Your Lunch Box *Eureka! Children’s Book Award, Silver *Best Books for Children List, Science Books & Films *Best Bets List, Ontario Library Association *Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children’s Book Centre *Next Generation Indie Book Award *Red Cedar Award *Recommended Reads List, Canadian Toy Testing Council *Canadian Science Writers’ Association Book Award finalist *Hackmatack Children’s Choice Book Award nomination *Silver Birch Award nomination “With a kid-friendly structure and super-goofy illustrations, this is probably the best book on the history and science of familiar food to have been published for kids in recent years.”—School Library Journal “Elevating the mundane into the realm of fascinating science and pop history, this book also offers a successful formula for encouraging students to enjoy nonfiction texts.”—Booklist

“A smart overall survey sprinkled with choice nuggets of garbage lore. Dig in.”

- Kirkus Reviews, 02/01/17

“This empowering read will motivate kids to think about a problem very close at hand and to dream up possible solutions for the future.”

- Booklist Online, 03/17/17

“Laid out in easy-to-read sections with plenty of colorful illustrations, this slim volume is readable yet comprehensive.”

- School Library Journal, 03/01/17

“This thorough overview of waste provides a great introduction to the topic and offers other resources and a great bibliography for follow up reading. Bambi Edmund’s humorous and engaging drawings will draw in the grades 4-6 readers, as will the sidebars of ‘smart ideas’, ‘cool facts’ and ‘trash talk’ and the constant flow of topics.”

- Green Teacher, Summer/18

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