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An Inconvenient Truth
ISBN: 9780670062720
Author: Gore, Albert
Publisher: Viking Childrens Books
Published: April 2007
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Annotation: Gore's bestselling book is now adapted for perhaps the most important audience of all: today's youth, who have no choice but to confront the planetary emergency head-on. Bursting with color photos, this book clearly explains global warming. (Environmental Studies)
Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Science & Nature - Environmental Conservation & Protection
Dewey: 363.738
LCCN: 2006103242
Lexile Measure: 1070
Target Grade: 7-9
Grade level: 7-9
Physical Information: 0.50" H x 50.00" L x 7.50" W
Bargain Category: Science, Reference, Middle School, High School, Geography, Adult, Social Issues
Grade level(s): 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
 
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2007 Fall)
Gore outlines the effects of global warming and predicts dire future effects. Stunning graphs and charts serve as models of clarity for transmitting scientific information. Unfortunately, the text is less successful. Yes, Gore's done his homework, but undocumented vagaries and the absence of source notes give youngsters few opportunities to see how they can do their own scholarship. Ind. Copyright 2007 Horn Book Guide Reviews.
Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2007 #3)
In this work adapted from his documentary film and adult book of the same name, Gore outlines the present effects of global warming on the planet and predicts dire future effects. Stunning graphs and charts display complicated material and -- with their straightforward legends, uncluttered patterns, bold colors, and varying designs -- serve as models of clarity for transmitting scientific information. Unfortunately, the text is less successful. Throughout the book, Gore makes statements without attribution or proof. Undocumented vagaries such as "Some scientists think global warming could potentially disrupt the workings of [the Global Ocean] conveyor belt, with disastrous consequences to the climate worldwide" reduce science to anecdote. Although some documentation appears on the website (www.climatecrisis.net, casually referenced on the last text page of the book and the back flap), finding these sources is awkward. Yes, Gore's done his homework, but the absence of source notes for many of his statements gives youngsters few opportunities to see how they can do their own scholarship. With image credits and an index. Copyright 2007 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2007 April #4)

M uch as Eric Schlosser revised his Fast Food Nation findings into the child-centered Chew on This , Gore produces a new edition of An Inconvenient Truth , "adapted for a new generation." "Earth is sometimes called the Goldilocks planet—neither too hot like Venus with its thick poisonous atmosphere nor too cold like Mars," Gore writes, then delivers resounding evidence that things are no longer just right. Captioned color photos compare thriving coral to bleached reefs—victims of rising ocean temperatures and pollution—and place images of former glaciers side-by-side with today's snowless plains or lakes. Where some images celebrate astronauts' views of the Earth from space, others show a refuse dump in Mexico City and Tokyo's astonishing urban sprawl; one startling snapshot shows dull brown, clearcut land in Haiti ("98 percent of their forests have been cut down") abutting the still-green, forested Dominican Republic. Although lighter on textual explication of climate change, this children's text hews closely to the original and to Gore's famous slide show; that said, the urgency of conservation fails to come across in the pedestrian prose, which might fail to inspire its audience. For all his subject's vital importance, Gore provides just two brief pages on ways to "Take Action." Readers will want to browse the amazing pictures, but will have to look elsewhere for ideas on making a difference. Ages 11-up. (May)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2007 March)

Gr 5–8— This young readers' version of the recent documentary film's companion adult volume cuts the page count by about a third but preserves the original's cogent message and many of its striking visuals. After explaining that his interest in the environment predates even his mother's reading of Silent Spring aloud to him as a teenager, Gore proceeds to document steeply rising carbon dioxide levels in our atmosphere, and then to link that to accelerating changes in temperature and precipitation patterns worldwide. Using easy-to-grasp graphics and revealing before-and-after photos, he shows how glaciers and ice shelves are disappearing all over the globe with alarming speed, pointing to profound climate changes and increased danger from rising sea levels in the near future. O'Connor rephrases Gore's arguments in briefer, simpler language without compromising their flow, plainly intending to disturb readers rather than frighten them. He writes measured, matter-of-fact prose, letting facts and trends speak for themselves—but, suggesting that "what happens locally has worldwide consequences," he closes with the assertion that we will all have to "change the way we live our lives." Like the film, this title may leave readers to look elsewhere for both documentation and for specific plans of action, but as an appeal to reason it's as polished and persuasive as it can be.—John Peters, New York Public Library

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