I’m from the future. We need you.

Ever since he learned about climate change, twelve-year-old Jonah has dreaded a weather-beaten future where not even his asthma medication can save him. Luckily, a girl from that future arrives just in time to throw Jonah a lifeline.

Sunny traveled back to the 2020s with a mission: help Jonah launch a climate strike big enough to rewrite history. To do it, he’ll have to recruit his entire school before Halloween. Why so soon? Sunny won’t say. But how can Jonah win over 600 classmates when the only thing he dreads more than the end of the world is talking to other kids?

About the Author

Cliff Lewis is a time-traveler from the 1990s, presently parked in the 2020s. He’s a professional writer, a hometown story-slam winner, and a keynote speaker living in Pennsylvania with his wife, their two kids, and a little dog named Pippin. In his spare time, Cliff volunteers for local progressive organizations, which once led to a crew of young climate activists devouring all of his family’s traditional election-day chili.

  • Hardcover ISBN: 9781631636967
  • Ebook ISBN: 9781631636974
  • Reading Age: from 8 to 13 years
  • Interest Age: from 8 to 14 years
  • Hardcover dimensions: 5.5 x 8.5 in
  • Publication date: Apr 18, 2023
  • Rights/Sales territory: Worldwide
  • Format: Hardcover | Ebook
  • Pages: 288
  • Imprint: Jolly Fish Press
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Reviews of We the Future:

“Directs kids to ignore small distractions, like eliminating plastic straws, and instead become part of the worldwide climate activism movement pushing for significant changes. The relevant message shines.” —Kirkus Reviews


"Environmental justice themes buoyed by friendship and community care infuse Lewis’s impassioned, lightly speculative debut. . . . [T]he protagonists’ tenacity, paired with Lewis’s dynamic text, delivers a thought-provoking read." —Publishers Weekly


"The message about environmental care and justice is an important one and Sunny shows us just what the world will look like if we don’t act immediately. With talking of greenwashing, slacktivism, and performative changes, Sunny, Jonah, and crew get deep into what it means to actually seek out environmental changes. Their superpower is collective action and together they can change the world." —Teen Librarian Toolbox (SLJ Blog Network)


“Poignant and timely, this is a book that will resonate with readers of all ages, and it may inspire action in the important challenge of combating climate change. This is a fantastic addition to library collections for middle grade readers.” —Children's Literature

Awards received by We the Future:

2023 Moonbeam Awards Silver Medalist (Pre-Teen Fiction – Mature Issues)

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