Subtitle: The Schoolgirl Who Went on Strike to Save the Planet
By: Valentina Camerini
Illustrated by: Veronica Veci Carratello
Genre: YXZG - Social issues: environment & green issues (Children's / Teenage)
Published by: Black Inc
Published: 19 Aug 2019
ISBN: 9781760642198


Greta's story is about hope, courage and determination. You are never too young to make a difference.

It's 20 August 2018, late summer in Stockholm, and it feels incredibly hot in the city. The TV news reports rising temperatures, and there have been numerous fires throughout Sweden. Fifteen-year-old Greta Thunberg decides she can't wait any longer - politicians have to do something to save the environment. Instead of returning to school, Greta takes a placard and goes on strike in front of Sweden's parliament building.

Greta's protest began the Fridays for Future - or School Strike 4 Climate - movement, which millions have now joined around the world. Greta has spoken at COP24, the UN summit on climate change, and has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. This is her story, but also that of many other girls and boys around the world willing to fight against the indifference of the powerful for a better future.


Greta’s Story is a book of courage, inspiration and hope. Greta was 15 when she decided that climate change was being ignored by governments who talked a lot but did not actually do much about it.

She decided to remind those in power that the future of the planet was in their hands and the children of the world deserved to inherit a better world. With the support of her parents, one young girl’s protest spread around the world to become the Fridays for Future or School Strike 4 Climate movement.

This story should inspire all people, both young and old, to realise that everyone can help make the world a better place  -  one small change at a time.

A wonderful story for classroom discussion that would be perfect for lower secondary readers.

Reviewed by Michelle