Hothouse Earth

The Climate Crisis and the Importance of Carbon Neutrality

  • Interest Level: Grade 6 - Grade 12
  • Reading Level: Grade 8

As hurricanes, droughts, floods, and wildfires are increasing in regularity and intensity, climate change can no longer be ignored. Melting permafrost, forest dieback, ocean acidification, and other processes are creating positive feedback loops which could, if not aggressively and quickly addressed, spiral out of control and take global warming past the point of no return. Hothouse Earth examines how science, politics, and social justice must all be part of the equation to counteract climate change.

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Interest Level Grade 6 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 8
Genre Science, Young Adult
Category 5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Traditional Nonfiction, STEM, STEM: Earth Science
Copyright 2021
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Twenty-First Century Books ™
Language English
Number of Pages 136
Publication Date 2021-03-02
Text Type Informational/Explanatory
BISACS YAN050080, YAN050090, YAN052040
Dewey 363.738/74
Dimensions 6 x 9
Lexile 1180
Features Awards, Bibliography/further reading, Charts/Graphs/Diagrams, Glossary, Index, Reviewed, Source notes, and Timeline

Author: Stephanie Sammartino McPherson

Stephanie Sammartino McPherson wrote her first children's story in college. She enjoyed the process so much that she's never stopped writing. A former teacher and freelance newspaper writer, she has written more than thirty books and numerous magazine stories. Her recent books include Hothouse Earth: The Climate Crisis and the Importance of Carbon Neutrality, winner of the Green Earth Book Award for young adult nonfiction, and Breakthrough: Katalin Karikó and the mRNA Vaccine. Stephanie and her husband, Richard, live in Virginia.


  • Green Earth Book Award, Winner, 2022
  • Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year, Winner, 2022
  • Cybils Nominee, Nominated, 2021



“This attractive offering considers climate change through scientific, political, and personal responsibility lenses. . . . fresh and up-to-date, creating a vibe of immediacy and emphasizing the need for action.”—Booklist

School Library Journal

“McPherson does a fantastic job of breaking down the science behind global warming and climate change. . . . A great addition to middle school libraries . . .”—School Library Journal

Kirkus Reviews

“Brief but tightly packed with current information; a strong choice.”—Kirkus Reviews