The Blue Book of Nebo

 

Dylan was six when The End came, back in 2018; when the electricity went off for good, and the ‘normal’ 21st-century world he knew disappeared. Now he’s 14 and he and his Mum have survived in their isolated hilltop house above the village of Nebo in north-west Wales, learning new skills, and returning to old ways of living. Despite their close understanding, the relationship between mother and son changes subtly as Dylan must take on adult responsibilities. And they each have their own secrets, which emerge as, in turn, they jot down their thoughts and memories in a found notebook – the Blue Book of Nebo.

Suitable for young adults

Zahrah and the Windseeker

 

A coming of age tale where a young 13 year-old girl discovers her unusual power and embarks on a dangerous quest to save her best friend’s life. Okorafor combines West African mythology with a fantastical world where people live in massive trees and where most objects are grown from seeds. This is world building at its best.

Suitable for young adults 10-12 years.

Degrowth 101 for young adults, The Story of More takes readers through the science explains how key inventions, like electric power and large-scale farming, have helped and harmed this world.  Readers learn about these processes that release carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and the current and projected consequences of greenhouse gasses -and discover what action we can all take to avoid climate devastation.

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Acclaimed Japanese author Yoko Tawada delivers a slim, smart, bleak, funny, surreal glimpse at Japan after a natural disaster. The country has cut itself off from the rest of the world and the only people who can get up and walk around are the elderly. Everybody else has become too weak. This clever look at a possible, poetic near-future is a reminder about mortality and our obligations towards the future.

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The year is 2100 and fifteen-year-old Mara’s island is in danger. As the sea levels rise, her home could soon be underwater. It’s up to Mara to lead her community to safety –  and to figure out a way to stop the rest of the planet’s land from slipping beneath the waves.

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YA readers looking for real-life examples of humans living alongside nature can turn to Gavin Maxwell’s memoir. Originally published in 1960, Maxwell’s story about living with a trio of otters on the remote west coast of Scotland is a beautiful and poignant reminder about the power of connecting with animals.

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Fifteen-year-old Anna has begun receiving terrifying visions, sent to her from the future. She is receiving transmissions from the year 2082, when the natural world has died out and humans are left to wander and struggle on a dry planet. Expertly crafted by the author of Sophie’s Choice, this book packs a powerful ecological message through a mystical framework.

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The story of Noah’s Ark gets a cli-fi reworking in this work of historical fiction. Geraldine McCaughrean imagines the story as told by the voices of Noah’s family, including his inquisitive daughter. It’s a gripping story about coming face-to-face with disastrous, extreme weather events.

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An exciting, fast-paced thriller with an ecological message as two teens fight to save the planet, this cli-fi modern classic explores the themes of labour, pollution, technology, and relationships. There’s a romantic heart beating at the centre of this award-winning novel – and an environmentalist core that will stir the imagination.

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This collection of nature poems makes a perfect gift for the teen with a poetic sensibility. Twelve poems honour the natural world through each of the seasons —beautifully— illustrated, gifting readers a lyrical glance on the Earth’s many treasures.

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