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10 tales where teens save the world

What’s better than a great book? A story that hits home. Here are our 10 picks that tackle environmental problems, just in time for Earth Day. Add one to your reading list today. And, uh,

just be sure to read ‘em on your Kindle, cuties.

 

Love in the Time of Global Warming by Francesca Lia Block

When Pen’s world is destroyed by a giant Earth Shaker, she sets out on an odyssey to find her family. As she travels across the wasteland that was once her home, she encounters everything from giants to madmen as she discovers herself…and how to survive. Read more…

 

The Here and Now by Ann Brashares

Prenna came to the present with nothing but a strange number scrawled on her arm. The boy who saw her arrive might just hold the key to her past, but she’ll definitely need his help to save the future. Will they be able to save the world and its inhabitants from the plague Prenna knows is coming? Read more…

 

Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis

Lynn is hardened. She’ll do anything to protect what’s hers, and that includes the key to her existence: the pond. Clean water is quickly disappearing from the world, and she knows that death lays ahead of her if anything or anyone gains the upper hand. But what happens when strangers enter her life? Read more…

 

Hoot by Carl Hiaasen

Roy is new to Coconut Grove, but that doesn’t mean he can’t make a difference. When the construction of a pancake house threatens a colony of owls, he and his rag-tag group of friends know they have to do something to help.

 

Harbinger by Sara Wilson Etienne

Faye finds herself strangely connected to Holbrook Academy and the eerie island it sits on. After years of visions and nightmares, she finds comfort…only to discover that the friends she has made keep waking up on the floor with their hands stained red. What’s going on?

 

Boys, Bears and a Serious Pair of Hiking Boots by Abby McDonald

An old survival guide gives eco-teen Jenna tips she needs to navigate the wilderness of rural Canada. But when it comes to matters of the heart—and figuring out how she fits in to cutie Roy’s wild life—she’s far more lost than she ever imagined.

 

The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau

Ember was created to contain everything people would need to survive. The only problem is that now, its inhabitants are running out of food, the city is corrupt and the lights are failing. Darkness is at its doorstep. Could Lina and Doon bring back the light—and break out of the Builders’ master plan?

 

Feed by M.T. Anderson

A spring break trip to the moon for Titus and his buddies turns downright terrible when a hacker cracks their feeds, emptying their heads of thought. When Violet comes into his life, though, he thinks that maybe fighting the feed is an idea worth examining.

 

Torched by Andrea Colt

When a prank war turns serious, perfect girl Rose is in deep trouble. Framed for arson, she has to fight to get her life back. Serious sparks fly as she investigates the crime with neighbor Paxton and does her best to clear her name.

 

Rootless by Chris Howard

Banyan is a tree builder. The thing is, he’s never seen a real three. A hundred years ago, the last tree was destroyed. Now, the wealthy pay him to use scrap metal and junk to add a little life to a desolate landscape. When word comes that there’s one tree left, he sets out on the journey of a lifetime.

published April 22, 2014
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