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Where did all our “stuff” come from? And where does it go when we’re done with it? Kids find out by tracking the life cycles of typical items in a school backpack—water, food, clothing, paper, plastic, metals, and electronics. Though they all end as waste, there are lots of decisions to be made along the way. And kids will see that there’s an important, constructive role they can play by making choices that are good for them—and for the planet! To learn more about this publisher, click here: http://bit. ly/2KRPIhS


  • Red Maple Nonfiction Award, Ontario Library Association 2019
  • Short-listed, Just One More Page! Recommendation List, WSRA Children's Literature Committee 2019
  • Winner, Children's and Young Adults' Book Awards - Intermediate Nonfiction Category, International Literacy Association 2019
  • Short-listed, Best Children's Books of the Year, Bank Street College 2019
  • Short-listed, Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children's Non-Fiction, Canadian Children's Book Centre Awards 2019
  • Winner, Skipping Stones Honor List, Skipping Stones Magazine 2019
  • Short-listed, Lane Anderson Award, Fitzhenry Family Foundation 2018
  • Short-listed, Eureka! Nonfiction Children's Book Award, California Reading Association 2018
  • Winner, Best Books for Kids and Teens, The Canadian Children's Book Centre 2018
  • Winner, Middle Grades Science Book Award, AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books 2019
  • Short-listed, Youth Book Award, Science Writers and Communicators of Canada 2018
  • Winner, Green Earth Book Award, Children's Nonfiction Category, The Nature Generation 2019


... very informative, with thoughtful explanations of what we can all do to make environmentally friendly choices.

- Science Magazine

... the content is both approachable and interesting, and it leaves readers with a sense of responsibility for the Earth's future.

- Kirkus Reviews

Anyone, adults included, will learn something new and valid by browsing through Trash Revolution.

- Resource Links

... reinforces the need to be aware, to make responsible choices, and for everyone to do their part in reducing the amount of waste in the environment.

- CM Magazine

Slavin illustrates in lively pen-and-ink art, featuring cartoonlike characters implementing workable solutions to combat waste, which Fyvie encourages readers to embrace themselves.

- Publishers Weekly

Offering good reasons for reducing, reusing, and recycling, this book sketches an overall picture of the waste cycle, fills it with densely packed facts, and connects it with readers' lives.

- Booklist

... impressive and comprehensive . ..

- School Library Connection

Endlessly informative and eminently readable . ..

- School Library Journal, starred review

Anyone who's interested in the waste cycle will have fun getting information out of this book.

- San Francisco Book Review