The Carbon Diaries 2015 by Saci Lloyd

The Carbon Diaries 2015

Written by Saci Lloyd

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Shortlisted for the 2008 Costa Children’s Book Award.

This is a novel written in diary form as Laura, a teenager chronicles her life and that of her family as it is in 2015. It’s edgy, it’s appealing and it’s contemporary and it makes for utterly compelling and frightening reading. Through the writing you will begin to understand what life is likely to be like in just a few years for a teenager and her family when, in a drastic bid to combat climate change, there is carbon rationing and the threat of almost unstoppable global warming is no longer a threat but actually a reality. Laced with humour and written with a lightness of touch it is page-turning stuff but with a serious message.

A word from the author: ‘I wrote The Carbon Diaries because I want to start a revolution and I want to make people laugh.’

A word from Rachel Wade, Saci’s editor: 'One of the great things about working on children's books is the opportunity to be inspired along with the reader. The Carbon Diaries 2015 is an inspirational book - and at the same time, Saci never failed to make me laugh.'


The Carbon Diaries 2015 by Saci Lloyd

Judges: "Everyone who cares about the future of the planet should read this book!"

It's January 1st, 2015, and the UK is the first nation to introduce carbon dioxide rationing, in a drastic bid to combat climate change. As her family spirals out of control, Laura Brown chronicles the first year of rationing with scathing abandon. Will her mother become one with her inner wolf? Will her sister give up her weekends in Ibiza? Does her father love the pig more than her? Can her band the dirty angels make it big? And will Ravi Datta ever notice her? In these dark days, Laura deals with the issues that really matter: love, floods and pigs.

The Carbon Diaries 2015 is one girl's drastic bid to stay sane in a world unravelling at the seams.


Powerful and impressive ... There is backs-to-the-wall fun in this novel. But it is also intensely serious. Books for Keeps Simultaneously zany and serious, it's a book successfully opperating on different levels Ham & High An engrossing and engaging novel The Independent on Sunday A real eye-opener of a book ... told in a funny and interesting way, this book made a good -- if somewhat scary -- read -- Esther Hodges, aged 14 First News Fresh, hugely impressive and very readable The Irish Times Loses sight of neither the seriousness of the subject matter nor the reader's funny bone Financial Times This book is perfect from cover to cover ... original, clever, funny, well worked out ... A superbly presented great read you'll never forget Chicklish A perfect example of how to blend an important message into an entertaining novel The Independent An uproarious, scathing and pathos-filled romp -- Adrian Mole does the apocalypse Financial Times A brilliant mix of teen drama and bleak British science fiction, this is a cross between Adrian Mole and JG Ballard ... an entertaining, gripping read Books Quaterly (Waterstones) Completely gorgeous ... entirely plausible The Bookbag Frank, honest and gripping ... should instantly be put onto the GCSE reading list Hack Writers It's smart and assy, as all the best teen diary novels are ... But it's also dark and dangerous ... a very, very, very clever book The Bookbag An absolutely brilliant read The Guardian I thought that it was a brilliant read ... I really want to read the sequel -- Rachel Blair, Trinity Academy Teen Titles 'Much more than a clanging gong signalling the end of days, this is a charming tale full of laughs and angst, with a message both accessible and relevant to today's teenagers.

's Choice, Publishing News 'It's edgy, it's appealing and it's contemporary and it makes for utterly compelling and frightening reading.' 'an uproarious, scathing and pathos-filled romp - Adrian Mole does the apocalypse.

'A daunting vision of global chaos.'

About the Author

Saci Lloyd

Before becoming an internationally-acclaimed author and activist, Saci Lloyd has held down a bewildering variety of non-jobs, including being a storyboard artist, a cartoonist, a singer in a band, an animator and a script editor for Camouflage Films.
She recently stepped down as Head of Media at Newham Sixth Form College, but continues her association with the East London college.

Saci's first novel, The Carbon Diaries 2015, was shortlisted for the Costa Book Award and is in development with the BBC, and her third novel Momentum was longlisted for The Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize.

Saci very aware of the market she writes for. She understands their day to day lives and that translates over in the voice of her novels. She is a very strong and vocal advocate within the education sector. Her many years experience working with teenagers in East London gives her a very real and valid insight into how education policies affect the next generation. Her many blogs often criticise the status quo.

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384 pages


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4th September 2008




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