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An Inconvenient Truth: The Crisis of Global Warming: Teen Edition

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  470 Ratings  ·  74 Reviews
Children's Literature

This book is a young person's version of an adult book that accompanied a documentary by the same name in 2006.

Former Vice President Al Gore's New York Times #1 bestselling book is a daring call to action, exposing the shocking reality of how humankind has aided in the destruction of our planet and the future we face if we do not take action to stop gl
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published April 10th 2007 by Viking Juvenile
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Pretty sure that Al Gore's books are on a 'soon-to-be-banned' list in a drawer somewhere in 37v2's malfeasant gumment:

Climate scientists preempt possible suppression from White House

Read all you can before this happens.
Colin Price
Nov 13, 2012 rated it it was ok
An accessible text for younger readers, relying far more on pictures and text feature than actual words (cumbersome words, who needs them anyway). I'm sure for anyone who has been living in a cave and doesn't know even the basics of the climate crisis, this would be an okay primer, but it stops short of having any real teeth to motivate change ("Okay Mr. Gore, I won't stand with the refrigerator door open so I can conserve energy. Now let me get back to listening to my iPod while playing Xbox Li ...more
Oct 31, 2009 rated it it was amazing
An Inconvenient Truth: the Crisis of Global Warming by Al Gore
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Question 10:
As i read today, many things supprised me that our global is threatened very seriously. I really supprised by how much Co2 you are emitting each year. We release CO2 in the atmosphere when we burn fossil fuels_oil, natureal gas, and coal used in cars, homes, factories, and power plants. Also the book talks about the rainstorms in India, the droughts in Asia and America. It is so dangerous for our Earth. Aft
Aug 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I read this book about 2006, shortly after it was published.
As a person who lives on the Texas Gulf Coast and who loves the Earth, I so took to heart the images of Louisiana barrier islands before and after Hurricanes Rita and Katherina. Loss of Estuaries to promote life and Loss of Barrier Islands to protect the land and people inland.
The book presents a consist, concise, illustrated message. Charts, images of shorelkne, graphs of heat building, and more.
I need to re-read this book.
Thank you A
May 17, 2014 rated it did not like it
A typical book written by a politician. Gore does not refute opposing opinions to his claims, but instead portrays them as misguided or bought and paid for by big oil. If this is the best argument that those who support anthropogenic climate change, then it is no wonder that people are starting to jump ship and abandon the religious fervor of man-made global warming. To support such a theory, you must embrace the detractors and demonstrate with evidence why their argument is wrong. Gore presents ...more
Dec 06, 2013 rated it it was ok
Having just read a plethora of religious environmental books, I wasn't impressed by the scare tactics and doom and gloom of this message. There are lots of charts and graphs that were hard to understand, and it was mostly scientific points. I missed an underlying ethic or worldview that helps frame this crisis in a manageable way. It's fine to show us that a lot of bad things are happening, but we can't re-freeze the glaciers. Tell us the next step - the pro-active things we can do (other than c ...more
Alison Lake
Mar 29, 2011 rated it it was ok
I just wasn't that into this book. The pictures and the graphics were very interesting and made the text make more sense, especially for teen readers. I just thought that his arguments (in this edition) were a bit oversimplified and certainly one-sided. I'm not saying that global warming is not a threat nor am I saying that I disagree with everything he writes in this book, I just didn't really enjoy the way he wrote it.
Marie  Ash-Evans
Jul 08, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
An very unscientific 'scientific' book! I only recommend this book as an exercise in wish-fulfillment! A wish to be a scientist can be fulfilled without the discipline of a scientific education or experience if you have enough money. I think he wrote his 'facts' they way he wished them to be and certainly in no way proved his thesis.
Meredith Ritchie
Found this book on my high school's shelf while doing inventory and I am impressed by how approachable it is! It is written for kids/teens. The text is minimal; there are lots of charts and pictures. He references many outside resources. Although I had a basic understanding of climate change (and yes, I did already believe in climate change before reading the book), this books clarified some questions. It is a quick read- I could have probably read it in just a couple hours. Overall, I would rec ...more
Connie T.
Sep 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
A well-written overview of the global warming crisis. As others have mentioned this is not a text-heavy tome but I feel that works to the book's advantage. An abundance of photos, graphs, and diagrams, along with brief explanations, bring home the scary message that climate change is real.
Rebecca McNutt
Mar 17, 2015 rated it did not like it
Al Gore, let me count the ways in which you've scared me...

Has Big Brother turned green? Why was this biased book in my school library?!?

I've never read a more biased book, not to mention it's expensive glossy full-color paper is a monument to Al Gore's hypocrisy... I looked up what was in the paper and ink of this book: loads of bleach, dyes, non-biodegradable acids and other little industrial time-bombs...

Al Gore, you sure are one hell of a loser.

Is it just me, or is it pathetic that humanit
Feb 08, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: leinn
One problem shown in the book is how global warming affects seasons and by that alters animals reproduction life and ecosystem. An example, birds used to put eggs on April and crack on June, with warms who would also come out at that time, with global warming alteration warms will came out earlier at May but birds reproduction life won’t, this will affect on the difficulty to find warms at June causing the new born bird to die from hunger. This situation made me think of how will it be for us in ...more
Tyler Chute
Nov 16, 2015 rated it liked it
Have you ever wondered about our world and its problems? Well as you read An Inconvenient Truth you will learn all about global warming. Al Gore explains global warming to the reader in a marvelous way. You will learn anything you need to know about global warming and how it affects are world.
This book starts off by telling us about how our Earth came to be and how we first got pictures of it. Then it goes into talking about greenhouse gases and how we are making the amount of them larger. Once
Jeanelle Seals
Apr 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
I thought that this book was great! It really showed me that everything we do to our earth, there is an impact even if it isn't near you. I liked all of the pictures and diagreams. The fact that it didn't have a lot of words, but instead it showed me with powerful pictures was exactly what I was looking for when it came to a book about the environment.
The book was about the effects of global warming. It shows and tells us that if we don't protect the planet we live on as soon as possible, then t
Jul 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book is paired with Ship Breaker. I was hoping that Gore himself did the narration, but Beau Bridges has a great voice, too. This book is a great introduction to global warming. It is engaging, funny, and insightful, all the things you thought Gore wouldn’t be. I was actually shocked at some of the facts and hope that our children heed the warning. Pairing this book with Ship Breaker lets the librarian sneak in some factual information to show that most science fiction has some science to i ...more
Emma Beachy
An Inconvenient Truth: The Crisis of Global Warming by Al Gore explains the truth and reality of climate change using scientific data and uncovers its potentially disastrous consequences, while promoting awareness and action for the future. Its subject matter not only describes how humans have contributed to climate change, but also how we can take steps to fix what we have done.
Informative and effective in its presentation of both the causes and effects of climate change, I found An Inconvenie
Louie Hernandez
Nov 03, 2009 rated it really liked it
This you can say is a debate in whether Global Warming is true, and if we should do something about it. It shows recent Earthquakes, tsunamis and everything that has to do with natural disasters. What Gore states that Global Warming is a fact and that we have to do something about it or there will be more disasters to come. He explains to us of the rising sea levels that may be a disaster for Florida and New York. And well Gore may point out good point like the recent droughts, and the shrinking ...more
Feb 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
I'm not too sure whether this is the version I got, but I'll write a review here anyways. My book says on the bottom "Young person's guide adapted from the award-winning film"
I really enjoyed reading the book. Has a lot of pictures to support his view. I am concerned of global warming and I do wish the humanity relied on more renewable resources like New Zealand.
Anyways, the only major complain that I have is the lack of links to scientific documents and reports. I guess I'm just used to the APA
At first I accidentally got the "simplified" version for younger kids. Now that I read the "real" thing, I may as well have stayed with the dumbed down version. There wasn't much difference. The book was more of a disappointment, since I expected a well-written documentation or something. It wasn't.
It was more of a picture book with some comments on simplified graphs and presentations. The only reason why I gave this book still 3 stars is because I feel that despite of its simplicity and (in my
Sabrina Jacobs
This informational book geared towards middle school students really helped simplify the facts about global warming. Filled with informational graphs and photos, it laid out all the questions and concerns about global warming. At the very end there was also information and tips for readers to help preserve our planet.

I think "An Inconvenient Truth" is a book that all students should be exposed to. These days global warming is a hot topic, and not everybody even believes that it is really. Studen
Nov 30, 2016 rated it liked it
I thought that this book was very surprising and I think it's more of an opinion book. Don't get me wrong changes are happening but there are also some things that I was on a bit of an argument with my class about it being a big problem in our society that will really effect the life's of others because of global warming or if it is a change that happens every 100-200 years and we don't know about it. But over all I gave this book 3 stars because of it being more of an option book and not a fac ...more
Jul 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
I have to say I liked this book. The only thing I'd say is that it is clear that some of the statistics have been manipulated to prove a point - I realise this isn't a new concept and that the statistics probably are convincing in their own right but it seems like they've tried to push it to the limit to make them just that bit more convincing. Anyway, politics aside, it is a good book, and definitely makes you think about your impact on the earth and what we can all do as individuals, and as na ...more
Jul 14, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I don't mind admitting that I've read the middle-school version of this book, because I'm not all that into any kind of science and thus need very clear, relatively simple explanations of scientific things. So thank you, Al Gore. You've explained to me something I already sort of understood, except this time with charts, numbers, and illustrations that make the situation a little more immediate, comprehensible, and cogent.
Tameika King
Dec 07, 2013 added it
Shelves: libs-642
This book explains what global warming is, what causes it, and the effects of global warming. Global warming is a climate crisis that can be very difficult to explain to younger readers. In this book, the language is at a level suitable for upper elementary students. I loved all of the photographs and diagrams included in the book. I think students can learn a lot from reading An Inconvenient Truth. Teachers can use this book while teaching about the environment in science lessons.
P.S. Winn
Oct 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I think the author has proven his case that yes there is global warming and climate change and also that we need to do something to stop the devastation to our world. I am especially concerned about the melting of ice and glaciers. I live near Glacier national park where they have all but disappeared. I think the author has a lot of big oil companies and others fighting him on the theories and admire is integrity and tenacity to not give up the fight.
Jun 21, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who may not have time to read the adult version and children you might know
This was a great introduction to Al Gore's adult version of, An Inconvenient Truth. I read it in one sitting and learned a lot about changes in our environment and some of the politics involved that have possibly kept our government from moving forward on making more of an effort to alert the public on how they can help make positive contributions to creating a more sustainable environment. It will take you about an hour or so. Read it, please!
Edwin Serpas
This book presents facts on how we as humans are causing global warming. It is interesting to read, but i cannot say that most of the information is accurate.
I reccomend that anyone who wants to know more facts about global warming (or just want to see facts badly presented or not fully presented) should read this. Also some facts you have to consider a bt more thoroughly t show that it isn't really shocking.
Armando Diaz
this book was great how al gore talks about global warming and shows the evidence on if it is or isnt man made.he shows picture and postcards.
it showed how new york would look if we continue our leaving trash on the floor that the north ppole is going to melt and flood new york it is a great book

Marco De La Rosa
Nov 08, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-quater
This nice book from Al Gore is the dangerous facts about Global; Warming. This book shows great, igh quality pictures about ho wearth is changing. Al gore is trying to find out if global warming is being caused by earth it's self or is human kind(us)causin it? Other realted problems to glabal warming related to global warming is floods, tornadoes, drouts,etc.
Kirk Bower
I believe everyone should read this book. I don't care if you believe in global warming or not (Eventhough - it is happening), it is an area of our livelihoods that we can contro. I can't control if there are more wars, astroids hitting us, etc., but I can do things to change our environment for the better.
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Albert Arnold "Al" Gore, Jr. was the forty-fifth Vice President of the United States, serving from 1993 to 2001 under President Bill Clinton. Gore also served in the U. S. House of Representatives (1977–85) and the U. S. Senate (1985–93), representing Tennessee. Gore was the Democratic nominee for president in the 2000 election, ultimately losing to the Republican candidate George W. Bush in spite ...more
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