Greta’s Story: The Schoolgirl Who Went on Strike to Save the Planet

By: Valentina Camerini

Illustrator: Veronica Carratello

You are never too young to make a difference.

Ever since she learned about climate change, Greta Thunberg couldn’t understand why politicians weren’t treating it as an emergency. In August 2018, temperatures in Sweden reached record highs, fires raged across the country, and fifteen-year-old Greta decided to stop waiting for political leaders to take action. Instead of going to school on Friday, she made a sign and went on strike in front of Stockholm’s parliament building.

Greta’s solo protest grew into the global Fridays for Future—or School Strike 4 Climate—movement, which millions have now joined. She has spoken at COP24 (the UN summit on climate change) and has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. This timely, unofficial biography is her story, but also that of many others around the world willing to fight against the indifference of the powerful for a better future.

Note on global warming. Environmentalism tips. Glossary. Time line. Further reading. Black-and-white illustrations.

ISBN: 9781534468771

JLG Release: Apr 2020


Sensitive Areas: None
Topics: Greta Thunberg (2003– ) , Child activists , Environmentalism , Environmental responsibility , Climate change , Biography

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Using easily accessible language, Camerini drops readers straight into the day that Thunberg began her strike for climate change. The following chapters describe how the young activist became concerned about the environment and what other activities she has used to draw attention to conservation issues. The author uses the schoolgirl’s own words Using easily accessible language, Camerini drops readers straight into the day that Thunberg began her strike for climate change. The following chapters describe how the young activist became concerned about the environment and what other activities she has used to draw attention to conservation issues. The author uses the schoolgirl’s own words to bring her personality onto the page. Thunberg draws parallels between how she engages in advocacy and American students protesting gun violence: “Children won’t do what you tell them to do, but they will follow your example.” She also explains the reasons behind her actions and conveys the urgency of the situation, “Our house is on fire: our house, planet earth, is going up in flames.” Details about the challenges she has overcome due to Asperger’s syndrome are included, as well as insight into Thunberg’s family and their support of her efforts. Back matter contains an explanation of global warming, suggested steps to take, a glossary, a time line, and a further reading list. Camerini offers a detailed look at this youth activist. Sure to be popular for biography projects.

Book Details

ISBN

9781534468771

First Release

April 2020

Genre

Nonfic

Dewey Classification

B

Trim Size

8 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Page Count

144

Accelerated Reader

N/A

Scholastic Reading Counts

N/A

Lexile

Level 980L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Aladdin

Potentially Sensitive Areas

None

Topics

Greta Thunberg (2003– ), Child activists, Environmentalism, Environmental responsibility, Climate change, Biography,

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