Thursday, July 15, 2010

Get Real -- a book review

Earlier this month I was approached by Running Press to write a review about Mara Rockliff's newest book Get Real.  This book's target audience is for teens and preteens,  presumably age 10 and up.

Rockliff brings serious issues on the table from, the truth in advertising, where your favorite clothes, food, even candy come from.  She discusses genetically modified food, factory farming, and what fair trade market is.  She explains the power of the consumer dollar, and how our purchases effect the market.  This book is an easy text of what every consumer should know.  Yourself included.

What I like the most about this book is that she's not lecturing.  She's explaining, and in simple terms that your preteen, or teenager can understand.  She gives vivid examples of poverty around the world, ones that I believe will hit home with kids.  You will want to discuss this book with your child should you get it, and I highly suggest you do.  It's overwhelming to begin being green (it's not easy being green...sorry I had to), many people don't know where to start, so they don't.

I can't recommend this book enough.  It has information everyone needs to know, especially children.  This book is packed full of wisdom that will help your child make better consumer decisions as they mature into adulthood.

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.  Online, you'll find her at

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