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About The Book

Will the future be what we think, or will our predictions be laughably wrong? Get a glimpse of what’s coming—and how we know—in this firsthand look at futurology, the science of predicting the future.

What will the future look like? From “living” homes to computers as thin as paper to cars that drive themselves, you’ll get a peek at what’s coming just around the corner in Hello from 2030.

In the year 2030, issues we’re just now starting to address will be a very big deal. Like: What will 8 billion people eat? How can humans produce less trash? Which cool technologies will be used to figure all this out?

Packed with real-world relevance and brain-stretching scenarios, this book empowers the problem solvers of tomorrow to start taking action today.

About The Author

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Jan Paul Schutten has been writing children's nonfiction books since 2003. A native of The Netherlands, his books are popular and critically acclaimed; he has won several awards including the Gouden Griffel (Golden Stylus) for his book Children of Amsterdam.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Aladdin/Beyond Words (October 7, 2014)
  • Length: 224 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781481409469
  • Grades: 3 - 7
  • Ages: 8 - 12
  • Lexile ® 890L The Lexile reading levels have been certified by the Lexile developer, MetaMetrics®

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Raves and Reviews

"Between the possibilities Schutten invokes and the many digital illustrations of imaginary futuristic tech, the book should leave readers wondering what their future might look like."

– Publishers Weekly

This title gives readers an overview of trends and possibilities in home design, technology, natural resources, energy extraction, food production, and robotics. It will enhance science discussions and independent research. The text spends more time predicting infiltration of computers in domestic life, and on occasion falls into the trope that the future equals faster and that faster is better. The text uses inventive dialogue to illustrate the pros and cons of resource use. It concludes that the sustainability of the earth is in the hands of people. The full-color layout sparks the imagination. Text call-outs cover unusual topics including the generation of power through kites. This is a book ready to laugh at itself while addressing serious issues and solutions. The book includes an extensive Notes section containing articles from National Geographic to CNET and Huffington Post. Table of Contents. Index.

– Library Media Connection, March/April 2015

“Geared for school-aged children, with little notes from future selves, [Hello from 2030?] brings up the hot topics that will change society for better or worse....It’s approach is guaranteed to get inquisitive readers searching for more.”

– Lea Mcbain, Librarian at Newbury Public Library

“My inner SyFy geek emerged as I was enthralled page after page. I will definitely find a way to integrate this text into my curriculum.”

– Jessie Beth Miller, Educator at Doak Elementary

“Absolutely fascinating! I couldn’t put this down, and that is rare for non-fiction. I learned about science but also used my imagination. I just love this book!”

– Debby Vandersande, Librarian

Awards and Honors

  • Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year Selection Title

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