Articles, Interviews, Book News



Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute

My thoughts on fear, hope, the importance of individual acts, and the crucial issue of morale.


The Nerdy Book Club

The surprising books that led to Eyes Wide Open.

Booklist Reader

Two Booklist reviewers who are middle-school librarians give their views on Eyes Wide Open.


Santa Cruz Sentinel

A profile of the book and author.



USA Today

Publishers Weekly

The Climate Group

School Library Journal

Science Book a Day



Book to Action

Santa Cruz Public Library in California is using Eyes Wide Open as its 2016 Book to Action book--a program sponsored by the California State Library that encourages readers to pivot from the page to community action.  Discussions, art, brainstorming sessions, and more will take place from the kickoff on March 5, 2016 until Earth Day on April 16.  For details, see the library's calendar for March 5 and 18, April 2, 9, and 16.  I'll be present at most of the events.  For more about Book to Action programs--and the list of cities, books, and organizations that have come together--click here.  If you're a librarian interested in launching your own Book to Action, check out this toolkit.

The Association of Children's Librarians of Northern California

It's a pleasure to announce that Eyes Wide Open is listed as one of the 2014 Distinguished Books named by the Association of Children's Librarians of Northern California. The full list is available to view here.

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The Nature Generation named Eyes Wide Open the winner of its YA nonfiction Green Earth Book Award, presented at the National Press Club in Washington, DC on October 1, 2015. See the list of winners in all categories here.

American Meteorological Society award nomination

Eyes Wide Open has been honored with a nomination for the AMS's Louis J. Battan Author's Award K-12 celebrating outstanding educational material that furthers understanding of atmospheric and related sciences.

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Named for the man who helped draft the Wilderness Act and establish the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, the Sigurd Olson Nature Writing Award has been won by Eyes Wide Open in the young adult category and was presented at Northland College in Ashland, WI in September 2015. My acceptance speech, dealing with the crucial topic of morale, can be read here.

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The Los Angeles Times Book Prizes named Eyes Wide Open one of five finalists in Young Adult Literature. The prizes were given out at a ceremony connected with the annual LA Times Festival of Books in April 2015.

Booklist Top 10 Books On Sustainability For Youth 2015

Eyes Wide Open made Booklist's Top 10 for books on sustainability for youth. Booklist selected from fiction and nonfiction titles reviewed between February 2014 and February 2015.  See all 10 titles here.

YALSA Nonfiction Award Nomination

Eyes Wide Open is on the list of vetted nominations for YALSA's nonfiction award. Find the full list by clicking here.

Nerdy Awards

The Nerdy Book Club has given Eyes Wide Open a Nerdy Award.  You can find the complete list of middle grade and YA nonfiction winners here.

Booklist Editors' Choice

Booklist, the American Library Association's reviewing journal, has put Eyes Wide Open on its 2014 Editors' Choice list.  You can see the full list here.

Kirkus Best Teen Nonfiction of 2014

Kirkus has placed Eyes Wide Open on its list of Best Teen Nonfiction of 2014. Click here for the full list.

SLJ Best Books of 2014

School Library Journal  has named Eyes Wide Open to its Best Books of 2014 list.  You can see the complete list here.

Outstanding Science Trade Books list

A joint project of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and the Children's Book Council, the list of Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students  K-12 represents the year’s best books for science classrooms, chosen by science educators.  More information and the complete list can be seen here.

American Association for the Advancement of Science Prize

Eyes Wide Open has been named a finalist for one of the 2015 AAAS/Subaru Science Book and Film Prizes.  The AAAS, which publishes the journal Science, offers prizes in several categories.  For the complete list of finalists, click here.