Rachel Carson and Her Book That Changed the World

By Laurie Lawlor

Reading Level: Early Elementary School, Late Elementary School
Genre: Biography
Publisher: Holiday House 2012

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In celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of Silent Spring, here is a biography of Rachel Carson, the pioneering environmentalist. She wrote Silent Spring to wake people up to the harmful impact humans were having on our planet.

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