The Twenty-One: The True Story of the Youth Who Sued the U.S. Government Over Climate Change


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Compelling and timely, award-winning author Elizabeth Rusch's The Twenty-One tells the gripping inside story of the ongoing landmark federal climate change lawsuit, Juliana vs. United States of America. The Twenty-One is for readers of Christina Soontornvat's All Thirteen, fans of Steve Sheinkin's books, and anyone interested in the environment and climate change, as well as youth activism, politics and government, and the law.

From severe flooding in Louisiana to wildfires in the Pacific Northwest to melting permafrost in Alaska, catastrophic climate events are occurring more frequently--and severely--than ever. And these events are having a direct impact on the lives (and futures) of young people and their families.

In the ongoing landmark case Juliana vs. United States, twenty-one young plaintiffs claim that the government's support of the fossil-fuel industry is actively contributing to climate change, and that all citizens have a constitutional right to a stable climate--especially children and young adults, because they cannot vote and will inherit the problems of the future.

Elizabeth Rusch's The Twenty-One is a gripping legal and environmental thriller that tells the story of twenty-one young people and their ongoing case against the U.S. government for denying their constitutional right to life and liberty. A rich, informative, and multifaceted read, The Twenty-One stars the young plaintiffs and their attorneys; illuminates the workings of the United States's judicial system and the relationship between government, citizens' rights, and the environment; and asks readers to think deeply about the future of our planet.

Features extensive backmatter, including a timeline, glossary, call to action, additional resources, and photographs.



Author: Elizabeth Rusch
Binding Type: Hardcover
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Published: 09/26/2023
Pages: 400
Weight: 1.2lbs
Size: 8.90h x 5.91w x 1.34d
ISBN: 9780063220850
Audience: Young Adult


Review Citation(s):
Kirkus Reviews 07/01/2023
Booklist 09/15/2023 pg. 42
Publishers Weekly 10/02/2023
School Library Journal 10/01/2023 pg. 91
Horn Book Magazine 11/01/2023 pg. 107

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