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The Carbon Diaries 2015 by Saci Lloyd
  

The Carbon Diaries 2015

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Shortlisted for the 2008 Costa Children’s Book Award.

Costa Book Awards 2008 Judges' comment: "Everyone who cares about the future of the planet should read this book!"

This is a novel written in diary form as Laura, a teenager chronicles her life and that of her family as it is in 2015. It’s edgy, it’s appealing and it’s contemporary and it makes for utterly compelling and frightening reading. Through the writing you will begin to understand what life is likely to be like in just a few years for a teenager and her family when, in a drastic bid to combat climate change, there is carbon rationing and the threat of almost unstoppable global warming is no longer a threat but actually a reality. Laced with humour and written with a lightness of touch it is page-turning stuff but with a serious message.

Other titles shortlisted for the prestigious 2008 Costa Children's Book Award (formerly the Whitbread Award) are Ostrich Boys, Just Henry and Broken Soup. The winner of the award will be announced on Tuesday 6th January.

Synopsis

The Carbon Diaries 2015 by Saci Lloyd

It's January 1st, 2015, and the UK is the first nation to introduce carbon dioxide rationing, in a drastic bid to combat climate change. As her family spirals out of control, Laura Brown chronicles the first year of rationing with scathing abandon. Will her mother become one with her inner wolf? Will her sister give up her weekends in Ibiza? Does her father love the pig more than her? Can her band the dirty angels make it big? And will Ravi Datta ever notice her? In these dark days, Laura deals with the issues that really matter: love, floods and pigs.

The Carbon Diaries 2015 is one girl's drastic bid to stay sane in a world unravelling at the seams.

Reviews

An absolutely brilliant read. * Guardian * 'A daunting vision of global chaos.' * Books for Keeps * 'an uproarious, scathing and pathos-filled romp - Adrian Mole does the apocalypse.' * Financial Times * 'It's edgy, it's appealing and it's contemporary and it makes for utterly compelling and frightening reading.' * Lovereadingforkids.co.uk * 'Much more than a clanging gong signalling the end of days, this is a charming tale full of laughs and angst, with a message both accessible and relevant to today's teenagers.' * Bookseller's Choice, Publishing News * Saci Lloyd's portrayal of an angsty teenager squaring her infatuation with the boy next door and ambitions to be a new punk angel with a state clampdown on everything that powers her lifestyle is smart, funny and all too believable * The Guardian * I thought that it was a brilliant read ... I really want to read the sequel -- Rachel Blair, Trinity Academy * Teen Titles * An absolutely brilliant read * The Guardian * It's smart and assy, as all the best teen diary novels are ... But it's also dark and dangerous ... a very, very, very clever book * The Bookbag * Frank, honest and gripping ... should instantly be put onto the GCSE reading list * Hack Writers * Completely gorgeous ... entirely plausible * The Bookbag * A brilliant mix of teen drama and bleak British science fiction, this is a cross between Adrian Mole and JG Ballard ... an entertaining, gripping read * Books Quaterly (Waterstones) * An uproarious, scathing and pathos-filled romp -- Adrian Mole does the apocalypse * Financial Times * A perfect example of how to blend an important message into an entertaining novel * The Independent * This book is perfect from cover to cover ... original, clever, funny, well worked out ... A superbly presented great read you'll never forget * Chicklish * Loses sight of neither the seriousness of the subject matter nor the reader's funny bone * Financial Times * Fresh, hugely impressive and very readable * The Irish Times * A real eye-opener of a book ... told in a funny and interesting way, this book made a good -- if somewhat scary -- read -- Esther Hodges, aged 14 * First News * An engrossing and engaging novel * The Independent on Sunday * Simultaneously zany and serious, it's a book successfully opperating on different levels * Ham & High * Powerful and impressive ... There is backs-to-the-wall fun in this novel. But it is also intensely serious. * Books for Keeps *


About the Author

Saci Lloyd

Saci Lloyd has worked as a script editor for Camouflage Films, where she was involved in several projects including a $20m Columbia Tri-Star co-production, Amy Foster. She is now head of Media at a Sixth Form College.

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Publication date

4th September 2008

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Saci Lloyd

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Hachette Children's Books

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Paperback
384 pages

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General fiction (Children's / Teenage)

ISBN

9780340970157

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