Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Book Birthday: GET REAL by Mara Rockliff

GET REAL: What Kind of World are YOU Buying? is a buy-better manifesto for kids 10+ that takes on issues like the truth about advertising to kids, the nasty side of yummy fast food and cheap t-shirts, what "green" really means, how cutting-edge tech might save our butts, and more. Mara Rockliff's voice is frank, vivid and 100% BS-free, and the book is chock full of interesting sidebars, quizzes, and cool graphics. 

I truly believe that it is a book that will change readers, long-term. Heck, it already made me stop drinking bottled water -- and that was just the intro!  I would recommend it for the young activist in your life, and for classroom and library use.
GET REAL will leave young readers fired up and ready to make a  difference with their dollars—and their lives.
"This savvy guide encourages teens to be knowledgeable and media-literate consumers...Rockliff's frank discussions should have conscientious readers reconsidering their economic actions, while expanding their green vocabulary."  -- Publishers Weekly
About the Author: When she’s not spreading dangerous ideas, Mara Rockliff can be spotted loading up on books at her town library, biking to a nearby farm for fresh ingredients for homemade ice cream, or fixing yet another mug of fair trade tea. In real life, she lives in eastern Pennsylvania with her family.


  1. This is great. I have had long conversations with my sons and my nieces and nephews while watching tv about the manipulation of advertising. Can't wait to read this!

  2. Sounds like a book I want to read!

  3. Thanks for the recommendation. I will look forward to reading this with my sons.

  4. Anonymous8:18 AM

    Congrats to Mara on a great book!
    Becky R.

  5. Wonderful! I HAVE to get this for my nephews. Thanks for the heads up.

  6. Anonymous6:58 PM

    i have this book its really good 2

  7. Anonymous6:59 PM

    i have this book and it is really good


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