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Grade 9 Up—A thorough yet accessible manual on green living. Sivertsen and her teenage son draw on scientific findings, personal experience, and interviews with celebrities and teens to provide readers with environmentally responsible lifestyle alternatives, from organic cosmetics to natural kitchen cleaners to green career opportunities. The "Five Rs"—Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rethink, Refuse—provide a framework for embracing an alternative to rampant consumerism. The book's incisive voice, using teen idioms, is accessible to those who have little or no background in environmental issues, yet the standards within will likewise engage readers already committed to being green. Though there is no index and the many pop-culture references may hinder the work's longevity, this volume will appeal to the target audience. Chapters are broken into frequent, user-friendly subheadings, and special interviews—many with energetic, activist teens—are clearly designated; decorative illustrations complement the text. Listings of green Web sites, charities, and organizations are included. In addition to being a handy, information-rich companion to Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth (Viking, 2007) and Laurie David and Cambria Gordon's The Down-to-Earth Guide to Global Warming (Scholastic, 2007), Generation Green is also unique, for its central focus is not to explain the science behind current environmental challenges, but rather to reveal how young people can work to solve those problems in their everyday lives.—Farida S. Dowler, Mercer Island Library, WA
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"Every generation thinks they want to change the world. If the latest generation is serious about it, Tosh and Linda provide the blueprint. This book is deep and yet fun and smart and filled with great tips, facts, stories, and interviews. Every school needs to have Generation Green as part of their curriculum!"
-- Ed Begley, Jr., Living with Ed, for Discovery's Planet Green

"The guide is packed with tons of tips for becoming eco-chic..."
-- Teen Vogue

"We've got Generation X and Generation Y. Generation Green has a much better ring to it!"
-- Amy Edelen, co-host of FreshlyGreen.com & co-owner of YourGuidetoGreen.com

"Generation Green is a fast-paced and easy read for any young adult who's interested in finding purpose in their life and making a difference. If you know a teen that longs to be inspired by something more than reality TV, Generation Green is chocked full of fun and easy-to-apply actions which prove how small things can make a huge impact. Buy this book for every teen you know and allow them join with us to transform the world!"
-- James Arthur Ray, New York Times best-selling author of Harmonic Wealth

"Linda Sivertsen is the greenest person I know. She was born green!"
-- Leeza Gibbons
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse (August 5, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416961224
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416961222
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #318,195 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Linda Sivertsen is the author, co-author, or ghostwriter of nine books--two NYT bestsellers among them. When she's not writing her own books (Lives Charmed, Generation Green, and the most recent Your Big Beautiful Book Plan with Danielle LaPorte), Linda teaches writing retreats in Carmel-by-the-Sea. She and her work have appeared in/on CNN, E!, Extra, the NY Post, New York Times, Family Circle, Teen Vogue, the Huffington Post, and Forbes.com. She lives in Los Angeles with her man, their horses, and a couple of perfect pups.

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Generation Green is a book that will truly make a difference with teens and anyone who reads it. I read it fairly quickly and am passing it along to my 18 year old son. This book will teach you ways you can make a difference in many ways, big and small. If each of us changes just one thing that we do we can make big changes. If we each change a few things and increase that over time, we can make even bigger changes and a huge difference for our future and our childrens futures. Why anyone would ignore or not do any of the things mentioned in this book, is just beyond me.
This great little book lets teens know how much water it takes when they take a shower, and really just informs them of the facts of life all over the world and how easy we have it. It then tells them small things they can change in their lifestyle to make big differences.
I think this book should be required reading for every high school. I plan on buying many and giving them to everyone I know, teens and adults.If I could give this book more than 5 stars, I would.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S. J Parker on September 12, 2008
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This book contains some good information. Most I was familiar with but others not. Never heard about the problems with burning candles indoors, but it makes sense.

I also enjoyed the story in the front of the book about Tosh's family packing him ( age 5 through 9) & the family up to move into a wooded area in New Mexico to live off the land. Right down to an Outhouse, chopping wood for heat, catching rain water for drinking, etc.

The reason for the 3 star rating is that I feel the book could be condensed. As one other reviewer said "too wordy" I think of the paper that could have been saved by rearranging the words to a more easily read& shorter format. Nor does this book have an Index. Advertisements, References & a list of Green websites but no Index in the back of the book. I found this frustrating when I wanted to go back & look for various information.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jen VINE VOICE on September 18, 2008
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In these times we are living in, it is crucial that everyone know how to conserve and recycle. As an adult looking back, we were never taught such things in school. Granted, it's been a few years! But it was just not important in those days 10-15 years ago. I remember my parents recycling pop cans because they went through a case a week as well as the daily newspaper, but they never took it beyond that.

When I was about 17 I took a huge interest in preservation after a project in school in which we had to petition to save one of our local marshlands from being filled in order to build more housing. That battle was won and it made me feel empowered, so I took it a few steps further and did tons of independent research which has brought me to where I am today.

The things that I do to conserve and recycle you would think are common knowledge, especially since we are experiencing all time highs in energy costs. But sadly, the information isn't right in front of you. You have to look for it. And for a child who may not have parents that are into preservation and conservation and isn't hearing about it in school, they are likely to continue on being blissfully ignorant of the dire situation our planet is in.

This book is the perfect solution to that. It covers nearly everything one needs to know to live green and it's packaged nicely in an easy to read and easy to understand format. No big words to intimidate younger kids and slightly larger than normal text make this an easy pick up and read. It also does much to empower kids, labeling them "Generation Green", the hope of the future. It really makes them feel important and feel like they really can do something, and they can! And with this book, hopefully they will.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Pen Name? VINE VOICE on September 21, 2008
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And good for adults in many ways too. This book packs a lot of useful tips and information together, and while it focuses on things that individuals can do on their own, it doesn't shy away from taking a look at bigger and more systemic environmental issues. It's very readable and engaging and really makes you feel that not only should you be concerned for the environment, but that there are many things you can do which are helpful and proactive.
The end of the text also includes references to books and organizations to look to in order to get more active and engage the issues further.
Very recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Brandon J. Smith VINE VOICE on September 9, 2008
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Generation Green is the kind of book that I think would be absolutely perfect for high school teachers to use as a learning tool. The chapters are presented in easily digestible segments, and the information is real. This is important: the facts found here are the same as you'd read in newspapers, magazines, and other books. In other words, it isn't dumbed down for the teen audience. Occasionally, though, the language used is. Maybe it's because I'm almost 30, and the target audience is half my age, but the slang seemed very forced at times. Generation Green is at its best when it focuses on the information and advice rather than trying to sound hip. If there's one guarantee is writing aimed at teens, it's this: the hipper you try to sound, the lamer you come across. Fortunately, the writing style hits much more often than it misses.

I'm looking forward to giving this to my sister-in-law, who at the time of this review is 16 years old. I think Generation Green can be a real success if it catches kids at just that right time in their lives, when they start to recognize that there are important things happening in the world, and that they are a part of it and can make a difference. Generation Green succeeds in presenting solutions in a way that doesn't come across as intimidating or overwhelming. For a succinct and informative look at what is turning into the defining problem of the 21st century, I recommend checking this book out.
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