Immersive non-fiction with STEM and social justice themes that proves that the future of the environment is in our hands–and helps pave the way forward.

Evolution isn’t just a thing of the past. It is happening right now, in every species across the world–and our influence on the future of the plants and animals around us is much bigger than we might think. A closer look at the science behind evolution shows how human behaviors like hunting, farming, and urban development have contributed to major physical changes in everything from rhinos to pigs to lizards. And these changes impact us in turn–triggering environmental shifts and contributing to climate change. The good news is there’s hope: by learning to see how everything is connected, we can weigh the consequences of our choices and help shape a world that works for plants, animals, and humans alike.

Making connections across anthropology, biology, and ecology, award-winning author Yolanda Ridge takes an intersectional approach to a challenging topic–examining the factors that influence human behavior while looking forward to explain the changes we can make and the ethics of those choices. Profiles of young activists and innovators highlight the ways readers can contribute to restoring ecological balance, while vibrant illustrations by Dane Thibeault evoke the energy and beauty of the natural world we are working to preserve.

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Free Educator Guide available from Annick Press.

Awards & Acknowledgments

Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection, Junior Library Guild, Spring 2023

Book Awards 2023 Longlist Youth Category, Science Writers and Communicators of Canada, Spring 2024


“The topic is obviously one of concern, yet the book provides important context for young readers… offering tangible steps that youngsters can take to help restore balance to our world.”

Canadian Children’s Book News – Spring 2023

“The sample situations will resonate with kids, the tone is informative but not overly alarmist, and the messages about ecological stewardship go down nice and easy.”

Booklist – May 1, 2023 (subscription required)

“The book offers a wealth of information and a lot of nuance.”

Kirkus – May 30 , 2023

“Informing her adolescent readers but not leaving them feeling helpless is a delicate balance that Ridge achieves by taking a logically organized, straightforward approach and employing a direct yet careful tone. Treating her readers with respect by crediting them with curiosity and intelligence also plays a significant role.”

The British Columbia Review – May 30 , 2023

Earth Day

“Celebrate Earth Day with these K-12 fiction and nonfiction titles, perfect to read together, to supplement Earth Day projects, and to learn about the natural world.”

49th Shelf – April 22, 2023