"The characters here are particularly well drawn, and the humor is engaging. An entertaining read from the author of The Hero of Ticonderoga, A Year with Butch and Spike, and other novels for young readers." Paula Rohrlick, KLIATT
From School Library Journal
Grade 6-10- This is a funny look at what it's like being an intern at a small business where office politics are rife and everyone knows everyone else's business. Michael even has a bit of a romance. The frequent references to pop culture, mass consumerism, and ecological issues will have lots of teen appeal. Sharon Rawlins, Piscataway Public Library, NJ Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Gr. 8-10. A keen observer with a wry wit, Michael is a sympathetic character, always sure his friends are having a better summer than he is. His sometimes sardonic responses to the casual environmental lectures by Walt and Nora will make the information in them more palatable to readers. A new slant on ecological fiction. Carolyn Phelan Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
The above reviews refer to the hardcover edition.
From the Author
Saving the Planet & Stuff is set in the bohemian Vermont that was developing during my adolescence. My earlier book, The Hero of Ticonderoga, is about a Franco-American farm family and is set in a time when it was not uncommon to hear parents in some parts of the state speaking with French accents.
A number of my books have surburban settings. I've lived my adult life in suburban towns in southern New England. When I want to create a strong sense of place, I usually write about Vermont, where I grew up.