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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: 8.2 x 5.5 x 0.7 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: #639,192 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

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

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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Also, the writing style of the book was very interesting.
T. Henderson
Linda Sivertsen and Tosh Sivertsen have written a great book that can either be read or used as a pocket manual for your own green life!
Reuben Gathright
If each of us changes just one thing that we do we can make big changes.
Michelle Dunn

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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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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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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 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Carbonadam VINE VOICE on September 18, 2008
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I am not one of those people who believes global warming is man made. I'm not even sure there is global warming and many years from now when the seas have not risen I'm sure someone will take credit for saving us all. Still, I do thing we can behave more responsibly while at the same time enjoying ourselves. This book addresses many important environmental issues everyone should be aware of. While this is geared for teens I see no reason why the whole family can use this book, even if there are no teens at home.

We keep this book in the kitchen and we strive to do our best. We also do not loose sleep if we forget to try. We do our best and we are aware.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Thoemmes on September 10, 2008
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In my opinion this book is a great start in taking steps to reach teens and expand their world vision. I watched this book make its rounds with teens. Not one picked it up and read it through. That didn't worry me. They all kept picking it up and thumbing through it. Once in awhile I get the comment "I can do that!". Isn't this what the book is about? It is a guidebook not a novel. It tries to help solve a problem, not add to it. Towards the end of the book there is a chapter about teens taking action. My only quibble is that it featured too darn few examples. I'm sure that there are more out there.

The main criticisms I've read say that it is 'old hat' for eco-conscious teens. That is fine and good but I believe that the target of this book is for teens not-so-eco-aware. That's the point, right? An educational little book. Another criticism is the book lacks color and pictures. Uh, hello, this is an eco-friendly book made from recyclable paper and eco-friendly inks. Says so right on the back cover. My last point is asking this: Does a book need plenty of color and lots of pictures to retain the vapid attention span of a teen? If so, then they will need much more help than this book can provide.
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