Kristel's Reviews > Going Blue: A Teen Guide to Saving Our Oceans, Lakes, Rivers, Wetlands

Going Blue by Cathryn Berger Kaye
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bookshelves: middle-school, environment, nonfiction, water, ocean-life, community, call-to-action
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This nonfiction, call-to-action book is slick, interesting and commendable for its well-researched content. As someone who wanted to be a marine biologist in the 5th grade and did a report on Jacques Cousteau, it is interesting to see that the co-author of this book is Cousteau’s grandson, Philippe Cousteau. The table of contents shows that the book is divided into instructional stages, from helping readers discover their community of water to ending with how readers can tell your story about trying to preserve that community. At less than 200 pages, most of which are text frequently interspersed with graphs, pictures, anecdotes about kids around the world making a difference and colorful arrows and captions, this book is not taxing for average middle-schoolers in the slightest. This book could be a useful resource for a report on oceans or rivers and perhaps Cousteau, as there are good historical references and facts littered throughout the book. Will this book be a successful call to arms in defense of the world’s waterways for eleven year olds? Doubtful. It’s colorful, certainly not a reader's typical dry textbook, and is very simple to read. As a call-to-action text it lacks the ability to reach teenagers; very few teens are looking for a 200 page guide to help them figure out how to solve the plastic water bottle problem.As a reference text, this definitely belongs in a public library’s nonfiction collection, especially if libraries have a tween or teen specific collection.
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