I know it's not Earth Day or Arbor Day, but environmental awareness really shouldn't be limited to those holidays so I thought I'd share an eco-friendly book that I recently read and really enjoyed.
This book was a timely read in light of this year's tragic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. I think Flush would be a great way to engage younger readers in dialog about efforts to help wildlife and small steps that each of us can take to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels. I'm nowhere near as green as I'd like to be in my lifestyle, but I do try to take small steps towards being earth-friendly in my day-to-day life. I'm pretty proud of the fact that I take public transportation for 90% of my travels and I keep reusable shopping bags in my purse and car trunk to taking avoid plastic bags from stores when possible. I recycle regularly but I know that there are still many more ways I can improve in helping the environment. Do you have a favorite book about environmental issues? What's your favorite tip for living a greener life?
Twelve-year-old Noah Underwood and his sister Abbey are both embarrassed and dismayed when their father is sent to jail for purposely sinking a casino boat. The aptly named Paine Underwood tells his children that the vandalism was an act of civil disobedience and insists that the boat's owner has been dumping sewage into the water, making their beaches unsafe for humans and local wildlife. Noah and Abbey take it upon themselves to believe their father's claim and catch the polluters in the act, exonerating their dad and helping the environment too.
Hiaasen tells a great story in Flush. He mixes a sweet family novel with action and adventure and adds in subtle but effective messages about family ties, bullying, and his signature theme of environmental activism. Young readers will likely relate to Noah and Abbey and even adult readers will appreciate the clever resolutions Hiaasen uses to wrap up the book. Overall, this was an enjoyable and interesting book that will make everyone think a little bit more about preventing pollution and helping the environment.