|Save the people! : halting human extinction
Author: McAnulty, Stacy
A book about previous extinction events and possible threats to humans, from volcanoes, to asteroids, to pollution and diseases.
|Accelerated Reader Information:
Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 7.10
Points: 6.0 Quiz: 517351
Kirkus Reviews (+) (03/15/22)
School Library Journal (+) (07/01/22)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 07/01/2022 Gr 6 Up—McAnulty doesn't hold back in this grim but entertaining book that documents a variety of ways that homo sapiens might become the next extinct species. the author addresses readers directly, recognizing fears and acknowledging that this text may not be for the faint of heart. In a casual and humorous tone, she moves from the history of the earth through historic mass extinctions, onto current potential threats to humanity. She emphasizes that the earth itself will likely survive while humans, a mere speck in the planet's history, may not. A final section addresses what is happening today, finally coming to the topic of climate change and how our choices will inevitably make us the "heroes or villains" of our story. The book has a narrative feel and is interspersed with a few black-and-white illustrations. Though it has substantial back matter and an index, it is best read from start to finish rather than used as a reference text. The content is thoroughly researched and presented accurately, clearly, and with humor. McAnulty also addresses philosophical queries, such as humankind's responsibility to each other and to the non-human animals on earth. She makes clear that science is to be trusted and climate change is real, debunking some misunderstandings and falsehoods on the topic. VERDICT A casual but damning account of the future of our species, bound to turn many youngsters into climate activists. While this book won't appeal to all readers, particularly those with anxiety, it is an essential purchase for nonfiction collections.—Clara Hendricks - Copyright 2022 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 03/01/2022 This upbeat offering manages to cheerfully summarize the history of the world through mass extinctions. While that might sound macabre, the author maintains that it's important to understand the past before we can do anything about the future. Engaging, graphics-rich chapters trace how life on earth pivoted after each of the five major mass extinction events (all long before humans arrived), delve into dangers that have always affected human survival (asteroids, supervolcanoes, war, disease, overpopulation), and then relate almost all of this material directly to our greatest challenge: climate change. Despite detailed descriptions of calamities and symptoms and comparative casualty charts, the book's overall tone is reassuring. Early on, readers are told that it takes courage to look at these difficult events, are warned when something particularly disturbing is coming up (Hiroshima, COVID-19), and are congratulated upon reaching the solutions and action steps listed on the final pages. Cheeky banter wrapped around accessible science, a pages-long time line, charts, graphs, a bibliography, and extensive chapter notes contribute to this fresh take on saving our planet. - Copyright 2022 Booklist.