An Inconvenient Truth (Young Readers Edition) by Al Gore

An Inconvenient Truth (Young Readers Edition). By Al Gore. Penguin Young Readers Group, 2006.  191 pages. $23

Content: A primer on global warming and the “climate crisis,” An Inconvenient Truth is the adaptation for young readers of the documentary film and book of the same name. Gore explains global warming’s causes and effects through easy-to-read text and demonstrative full-color photographs, artwork, charts and diagrams.  Chapters cover climate change, pollution, the atmosphere, weather and storms, humans’ impact on the earth, and more.  The graphics and pictures complement the text as teaching tools themselves, and with the easy to read and understand text An Inconvenient Truth is a great choice for a wide range of tweens and visual learners.

Review: Al Gore, well known for his activism on behalf of the earth, has taken his message to tweens in a beautiful, intelligent, and important book. An Inconvenient Truth is well written for the audience it targets.  The use of colorful graphics, photographs, and illustrations effectively demonstrate a multitude of points that words alone would could not convey.  Photos of glaciers from 100 years ago and “today” show, in dramatic fashion, the impact of global warming.  The book doesn’t go into great depth, but it feels right for this age group.  It provides an overview and several specific examples.  There are many topics that tweens might be interested in researching further.  The one disappointment is the two page “Take Action” spread at the end of the book, which literally contains only four bullet points with ideas; it almost feels like an afterthought, though it does point readers to a website for information.

Genre(s): Non-Fiction, Science

Reading/Interest Level: 9-12 years

Available in: Hardcover, Paperback

Similar Books: Our Choice: How We Can Solve the Climate Crisis (Young Reader’s Edition), An Inconvenient Truth DVD, The Omnivore’s Dilemma for Kids: The Secrets Behind What You Eat

Subjects: climate, climate crisis, environment, ozone layer, global warming, air pollution, water pollution, energy, transportation, weather, garbage, recycling, habitats, conservation, wildlife, earth science, technology, population

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