Atmospheric: The Burning Story of Climate Change

Carole Wilkinson (Author)

Atmospheric: The Burning Story of Climate Change
Walker Books Australia
1 October 2015

Atmospheric: The Burning Story of Climate Change

Carole Wilkinson (Author)

Winner of the Environment Award for Children’s Literature (Non-fiction) 2016

This burning story of climate change is a new book in the award-winning non-fiction series for teens, The Drum.

Talking about the weather used to be small talk, now it’s the hottest topic on Earth. We can’t survive without Earth’s atmosphere, yet most of the time we ignore it. We treat our atmosphere as a rubbish dump for our greenhouse gas emissions. Slowly but surely, what we are doing is changing Earth’s climate. Atmospheric cuts through the many voices raised around climate change to tell the story of our atmosphere, what is putting our climate at risk and what we can do about it. This could be the most important book you read in your life.


This non-fiction book on climate science for readers aged ten and up is well researched and highly readable. To engage readers more effectively, each chapter begins with a first person narrative set in a key period in the past. These narratives show readers how different life has been for us throughout human history and how young people often questioned the way things were done.

Complete with a timeline of key dates, a glossary and suggested websites, Atmopsheric effectively uses short accessible chapters to introduce young readers to the facts and urgency of the situation. The author, Carole Wilkinson, is part of a climate action group in Melbourne and is obviously passionate about the topic. Her underlying motivation is clearly to inspire young people to make a difference and show them that they can be engaged in turning the climate crisis around. I really hope it succeeds.

Angela Crocombe

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