Hope Jones Saves the World by Josh Lacey – Book Review

Hope Jones Saves the World by Josh Lacey – Book Review

Hope Jones Saves the World by Josh Lacey

Hope Jones Saves the World
Book One

Author – Josh Lacey
Illustrator – Beatriz Castro
Publisher – Anderson Press
Pages – 176
Released – 7th May 2020
ISBN-13 – 978-1783449279
Format – ebook, paperback, audio
Rating – 4 Stars
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Synopsis

My name is Hope Jones. I am ten years old. I am going to save the world.

Hope Jones’ New Year’s resolution is to give up plastic, and she’s inspiring others to do the same with her website hopejonessavestheworld.com. When she realises her local supermarket seems to stock more unnecessary plastic than food, she makes it her mission to do something about it. She may be just one ten-year-old with a homemade banner, but with enough determination, maybe Hope Jones really can save the world.

Review by Stacey

Ten-year-old Hope Jones decided for her New Year’s Resolution that she was going to save the planet by giving up plastic. She thought it would be a lot easier than it was.

Told in blog entry posts and dated throughout January you witness Hope’s determination to stop using plastic and her education about how many items are made from plastic. From milk bottles, teabags, straws, to fixtures in the bathroom and things such as disposable razors.

The book is right on trend at the moment, especially as it seems to be children who are leading the way on wanting to change the world, even if they can only do a small amount individually.

The book will open your eyes to not only the destruction of the planet that plastic causes or the wildlife it kills or injures but just how much plastic there is. Did you know that the twenty-first century has already exceeded the amount of plastic made than what was produced throughout the whole of the twentieth century?

I think we are learning to change our habits in recycling, using paper/metal/etc straws, bamboo toothbrushes, plastic cotton buds being banned, and reusable bags. But when you think about how much plastic you buy when you go to the supermarket it is shocking.

The book isn’t all ‘stop buying plastic’, it is realistic too. It shows you that not everything is easy to change, that sometimes the plastic is hidden or that going plastic-free can be expensive. But making small changes now can help.

There is some amazing artwork throughout and I love Hope’s dedication to her cause. I can see this being a big hit with middle-graders and hopefully they will get some hints on how to go plastic-free that they can share with their parents/guardians. On a side note, the website in the synopsis works, though it isn’t a blog, there are things to download.

Author Info

Josh Lacey Hope Jones Saves the World

Josh Lacey

is the author of many books for children including The Island of Thieves, The Dragonsitter and the Grk series. He has worked as a journalist and written one book for adults, God is Brazilian. His first book for children, A Dog Called Grk, was shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award. Josh lives in London with his wife and daughters.

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