Eyes Wide Open

Eyes Wide Open

by Paul Fleischman
Young Adult Non-fiction
Candlewick
Paperback, 208 pages
$9.99

Winner of the 2015 Sigurd Olson Nature Writing Award for Young Readers! Prompted by the disturbingly regular sight of dead bees on his driveway, Paul Fleischman has done our beleaguered planet a kindness: He’s inspected its environmental ills and given the next generation some analytical tools to sort through them. SONWA committee member Jan Penn believes this book leads young readers “to explore human motivations, influences, and barriers in the decision making process and matters of societal and cultural bias impacting environmental headlines.” Fleischman effectively offers teens an environmental wake-up call and a tool kit for decoding the stream of conflicting information confronting them.