When the World Runs Dry by Nancy F. Castaldo

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Book: When the World Runs Dry: Earth’s Water in Crisis

Author: Nancy F. Castaldo

Book Series: Standalone

Rating: 3.5/5

Recommended For…: non-fiction, environmental

Publication Date: January 18, 2022

Genre: Environmental Non-Fiction

Age Relevance: 15+ (water infrastructure problems, pollution, fracking contamination, supply issues)

Explanation of Above: Pollution, fracking, infrastructure, and supply issues are all heavily discussed in the book.

Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers

Pages: 208

Synopsis: What would you do if you turned on the faucet one day and nothing happened? What if you learned the water in your home was harmful to drink? Water is essential for life on this planet, but not every community has the safe, clean water it needs. In When the World Runs Dry, award-winning science writer Nancy Castaldo takes readers from Flint, Michigan, and Newark, New Jersey, to Iran and Cape Town, South Africa, to explore the various ways in which water around the world is in danger, why we must act now, and why you’re never too young to make a difference.

Review: I feel like this was a highly informative book that I felt discussed the issues in it very well. The book is presented in a factual manner and it pulls from a lot of different issues and experiences to show the current water crisis. The book is a great springboard into other non-fiction books about environmental issues such as fracking, rising sea levels, pollution, etc.

The main thing I didn’t like about the book is that I felt the tone of it was a bit dry and it wasn’t as engaging for my brain as I thought it would be, but I felt it was still engaging. I’m also now terrified, so good job book.

Verdict: It’s good and educational.