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Justine McKeen, Queen of Green
By (author): Sigmund Brouwer Illustrated by: Dave Whamond
9781554699278 Paperback, Picture book English Juvenile: Grade (CAN) from 1 - 3, Grade (US) from 1 - 3, Reading age from 6 - 8 JUVENILE FICTION / Science & Nature / Environment North America Nov 01, 2011
$6.95 CAD
Active 5.25 x 7.63 x 0.2 in 64 pages black and white illustrations Orca Book Publishers
Resource Links "The Year's Best" 2011, Commended
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle—Justine and her friends are out to spread the word.

Justine McKeen talks too much, bosses people around too much, and as everyone soon finds out, she tells the truth, but just not all at once. Justine's trying to save the planet, one person and one cause at a time. Best of all, when she decides to get something done, it involves a whole lot of laughter and fun for everyone.

Sigmund Brouwer is the author of over 20 novels for adults and dozens of books for children. He visits over 150 schools per year to deliver his Rock and Roll Literacy presentation, reaching about 60,000 students per year. Sigmund lives in Red Deer, Alberta. For more information, visit

Dave Whamond is an award-winning illustrator and cartoonist whose work has appeared in books, magazines and newspapers. Visit his website at

"Inventive and intrepid Justine McKeen...finds amusing ways to make classmates and community members more environmentally conscious...Justine is feisty enough to add some flavor to the mix...Brisk, very brief chapters are accompanied by lively full-page black-and-white illustrations...[and] endnotes provide suggestions for environmental projects included in the story...Funnier and fresher than most." - Kirkus Reviews

"Justine and her friends have so much enthusiasm for reusing and recycling...that readers of this book might find themselves looking for ways to recycle in their own lives. Illustrations by Dave Whamond convey the emotion and detail of the scene to help young readers to connect with what they are reading...Recommended." - CM Magazine

"The characters are engaging and their dialogue is brief, humorous and 'kid-friendly.' Large black and white illustrations, comically drawn, enhance the action. This environmental topic is closely connected to the elementary curriculum and the text should prove useful to promote both discussion and ideas." - Resource Links

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