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by Saci Lloyd

Trade Binding | 336 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/4 | US$ 17.95
ISBN: 9780823421909 | 04-22-2009

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Grade: TENTH | Age: 15 up

Themes: Ecology & Conservation, Family & Relationships, Self-Discovery, Contemporary Issues/Social Problems, Making Choices, Girl Interest
Recommendations: A*, C, H*, K, SLJ*

About the Book
Told in short diary entries filled with scrapbook clippings, this riveting ecothriller is one girl's attempt to stay grounded in a world where disaster has become the norm.

It's the year 2015, a time when global warming has begun to ravage the environment. In response, the United Kingdom becomes the first country to mandate carbon rationing—a well-intentioned plan that goes tragically awry. When her carbon debit card arrives in the mail, sixteen-year-old Laura is just trying to pass her exams, manage her ecopunk band, and catch the attention of her gorgeous classmate Ravi. But as multiple natural disasters strike and Laura's parents head toward divorce, her world spirals out of control. A severe drought sparks fires and deadly riots; then the highest-category hurricane in recent history strikes London. With the death toll in the thousands and climbing, Laura and her family face the unimaginable as her older sister clings to life.


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School Library Journal Best Book of the Year

Grand Prize Winner of the Green Book Festival!

"This green-themed first novel by Londoner Saci Lloyd is a breath of unpolluted air. The first person narrative gives the British teenage view of a future carbon rationing world all told with wonderful humor and sarcasm. The printed e-mails from Larua's American cousin and the other drawings and graphics sprinkled through the book are cleverly used to tell parts of the story. I highly recommend for all libraries.—Reviewed by Debby Berry, East Central High School, IN (

This book is printed on environmentally responsible paper, FSC Natures B19, 30% post-consumer waste. In addition, the printing process and ink reduce VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) emissions and use less energy. The paper meets the standards of the Forest Stewardship Council. FSC is widely regarded as the best practice in forest management, ensuring the highest protections for forests and indigenous peoples.


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Readers' Guide
A Readers' Guide to accompany the riveting ecothriller - with discussion questions and links to explore further and get involved.