Black gold : the story of oil in our lives (#0864TE0)

by Marrin, Albert

4 reviews & awards | 7 full-text reviews

FollettBound Glued Alfred A Knopf, c2012, p2013
Price: USD 20.16
Description: 181 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
Dewey: 553.2; Int Lvl: YA
AR 8.2 MG+ 8 148834EN; RC 9.6 12; LEX 1070L


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Includes bibliographical references (page 161-166) and index. Explores the important role oil plays in United States and the world, explains what oil is, and describes how oil has affected history, politics, society, and the economy.

Product Details
  • Publisher: Alfred A Knopf
  • Publication Date: January 8, 2013
  • Format: FollettBound Glued
  • Edition: 1st trade pbk. ed.
  • Dewey: 553.2
  • Classifications: Nonfiction
  • Description: 181 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
  • ISBN-10: 0-329-96696-0 (originally 0-375-85968-3)
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-329-96696-6 (originally 978-0-375-85968-7)
  • Follett Number: 0864TE0
  • Interest Level: YA
  • ATOS Book Level: 8.2
  • AR Interest Level: MG+
  • AR Points: 8
  • AR Quiz: 148834EN
  • Reading Counts Level: 9.6
  • Reading Counts Points: 12
  • Lexile: 1070L

Reviews & Awards
  • Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, 04/01/12
  • Horn Book Magazine, 05/01/12
  • Kirkus Reviews, 01/15/12
  • School Library Journal, 04/01/12

Full-Text Reviews
Booklist (August 2012 (Online))
Grades 7-12. Starting with basic geological concepts, this study briefly covers facts about the formation of coal and oil before focusing the majority of the text on the role of oil in history. From whale oil to John D. Rockefeller’s tangles with Theodore Roosevelt, through both world wars up to the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center, this thorough title chronicles how the discovery and pursuit of oil has shaped, and continues to shape, world history. Throughout, Marrin covers ecological issues and explores the development of sustainable energy sources. The casual tone, leisurely pace, and anecdotal digressions make for fascinating reading, although the narrative format may frustrate students seeking quick answers to research questions; and while sources are cited, there is no bibliography or suggestions for further study. Best suited for larger collections, this will complement Cory Gunderson’s The Need for Oil (2004).

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