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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Series: Gaia Girls (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing (June 13, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193360901X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933609010
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #370,100 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kirkus Reviews-
Billed as "fiction with a mission," this well-written supernatural adventure unabashedly seeks to convert young readers to an ecologically green philosophy. Ten-year-old Elizabeth lives on a thriving farm owned by her family since the 18th century. Remarkably attuned to nature, she learns why when she meets a talking otter that claims to be Gaia, the spirit of the Earth. Elizabeth has been chosen as one of four girls to receive powers that will enable her to fight to save Earth from the ravages of humans. She learns how to travel through trees, listen to the voices in the earth and even willfully move the earth. Her battle becomes personal as a corporation begins to buy up the whole area to build a massive and destructive pig farm. When her parents are unable to fight City Hall, Elizabeth realizes that she must use her new powers to save her home. The author's easily accessible style fits her target audience well, creating sympathy for the protagonist by portraying common friendship difficulties experienced by young girls. Suspense builds as Elizabeth's parents fail in their fight, and Elizabeth battles the forces of bureaucracy. Welles deftly handles the increasing tension while delivering her consistent and persuasive message, presenting an interesting, exciting story. Includes a CD, as well as a puzzle within the chapter illustrations to further engage readers. We eagerly await the next installment in this planned series. (Fiction 9-13)

"Following in the vein of Nancy Drew, the Babysitters Club, and, dare I say it, Harry Potter, the Gaia Girls series is the next group to offer heroes battling modern day villains for the kid with an eco-conscience. Enter the Earth is a great read."

Midwest Book Review-
Written by summer camp nature director and wellness expert Lee Welles presents Gaia Girls: Enter the Earth, the first novel of the Gaia Girls Book Series. A young girl, Elizabeth Angier, is shocked when the powerful Harmony Farms Corporation moves in and absorbs family farms like those of her parents and neighbors. As the repercussions of the gigantic factory farm loom closer, Elizabeth unexpectedly encounters the mysterious Gaia, the living entity of the Earth itself. Elizabeth receives a gift of Gaia's power, and strange things begin to happen around and through her. But with these amazing new powers come heavy responsibility, and the challenge of taking on a whole corporation and its profit-fueled pork production that befouls air, land and water. Though written for young adults, Gaia Girls is an engaging parable of taking responsibility for one's place on the Earth for all ages.

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About the Gaia Girls Series:
What would you do if you could hear the Earth asking for help? In the Gaia Girls book series, that is what happens to four girls, each from a different region of the world. They are approached by Gaia, the living organism of the Earth. Each is endowed with powers over one of the four elements: earth, air, fire, and water. They must learn to use their powers to help Gaia survive the effects of modern humanity.

Gaia Girls: Enter the Earth features a total of 38 beautiful illustrations, and 36 of the illustrations have hidden codes in them. Readers can use these hidden codes to unlock cool prizes at! --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

More About the Author

Lee Welles lives in writes in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York. Although Lee studied biology/zoology in school, worked in a zoo and as a summer camp nature director, she took a detour into the world of health and wellness. She owned her own fitness/wellness business for 15 years and it was in that capacity that she began writing a weekly wellness column, Real Wellness, for three Gannet papers.

After reading about Lovelock/Margulis "Gaia Theory" Lee was inspired to write Gaia Girls. Her husband, a third-grade teacher, encouraged her...mercilessly! She has won five awards for Gaia Girls, including the National Outdoor Book Award, Mom's Choice and Nautilus Book Award (given to books that can inspire change in the world!)

Lee took a year off of Gaia Girls to write a collabrative novel called, Legend of the Luminous Pearl (publisher TBA) She is back to work on Gaia Girls and can't wait to share the next installment with her readers.

Her column was "downsized" from the paper in '09, and Lee misses the opportunity to help people live a heathier life. And then she remembers, if we think about the health of the earth,and act accordingly, our health improves as well!

Lee calls herself and "learning junky" and is glad she stumbled into a profession that suits her nature so well!

Customer Reviews

I highly recommend this read for both young and old.
T. Robbins
Lee Welles did a amazing job with this book and i can't wait to read Way of Water. all in all a wonderful book!
Chloe G.
She felt it was very suspenseful and can't wait til she reads the next one.
Ellen D. Milliken

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By L. Perry on August 27, 2006
Format: Hardcover
As a former English teacher and current staff developer, I am always excited when a new writer ventures into the difficult world of juvenille literature. Was I in for a treat. This was not just another new wannabe publishing her first novel. This is the real deal. What a joy to read!

I am the proud mother of a three year old Gaia Girl. She rescues worms from the sidewalk as soon as the rain ends, puts fallen flower petals back in the pots with their "mommies", and knows when the tree in our backyard is happy or sad by the conversations she and the tree have. More than once she's sobbed as I mowed over dandelions in our yard. Her heartfelt love of all things living is sincere. As I read the book, I experienced an odd mixture of emotions. I could imagine Elizabeth as she was a toddler and my daughter as a teenager. I'm watching a deep love much like Elizabeth's grow in my daughter and Lee Wells captured it perfectly. Her clever style of mixing fabulous fiction with an important message about protecting our Earth both entertains us and makes us think. I've already passed my copy on to a teenage friend who enjoyed it so much she can't part with it to return it. Guess I know who I'll be buying Book Two for!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Swarts on August 30, 2006
Format: Hardcover
The first thing that struck me when I received my book was the quality of construction. It's a beautiful hardback with dust cover and sensational illustrations. Not your typical book. It will survive many readings (which it will surely get), and will be passed to future generations.

The story is marvelous. Its a great book to read together with your children, and is interesting for both young and adult. Its great to have a book for kids with messages I am comfortable imparting. The worst part about this book is that it ends. I can't wait for the next one!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A. D. Cox VINE VOICE on September 26, 2007
Format: Paperback
Elizabeth Angier is a fourth-grader who lives on a farm. She helps her parents weed the large vegetable garden, dye skeins of wool from their sheep, arrange wildflowers into bouquets to be sold at the farmers' market, and water the saplings that landscapers buy. Will, the high school boy from the dairy farm over the hill, comes over to help her dad on occasion. Elizabeth loves everything about growing up on the farm that has been in her father's family for many generations. But all this threatens to change: a company that runs "CAFO" (Concentrated Feeding Animal Organizations) pig farms arrives to woo struggling farmers into selling their farms and taking jobs with the large corporation. As Elizabeth's parents desperately research the effects of existing CAFO's on a community's air, water, commerce, and quality of life, Elizabeth herself discovers her own connection to the earth and the powers that gives her. Gaia, the spirit of the Earth, appears to her as an otter, and begins to teach her.

That's just a brief synopsis of Gaia Girls: Enter the Earth, recent winner of the 2006 National Outdoor Book Award, children's division. Although this is a fantastical novel that author Lee Welles has written for children ("ages 9 and up"), many parts of the story ring true for communities like ours. Gaia Girls: Enter the Earth takes place on a farm in upstate New York, near the Finger Lakes. Much of it reads like home, the beauty as well as the struggles.

Although I consider myself sympathetic to environmental activists, I am leary of being lumped in with folks who wear hemp and eat vegetarian because it's trendy.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth A. Martin on August 18, 2006
Format: Hardcover
As an organic vegetable farmer I read a very much enjoyed Lee Welles' book Gaia Girls: Enter the Earth. It was great to read a book that was so entertaining and yet had such an important message about factory versus family farms encoded in a way that is understandable to young readers, but not preachy or boring. I found myself sneaking in a chapter here and there throughout the day, even during my busy planting season- a must read for any environmentally conscious family! This book is a great tool to teach kids about the value of family farms and the true cost of factory farming.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jacqueline Sena on August 19, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This retired teacher still loves to read kids' books. Gaia Girls:Enter the Earth is just the most amazing book...great, gripping story, excellent values if we want to have a planet, lots of learning, and, to my personal happiness, a female hero! The illustrations are wonderful, too - and, happily, there are lots of them! I am so glad to read on Gaia Girls' website that there will be more books in the series. Can't wait.

Hook your favorite young reader into learning about sustainable practices with Gaia Girls: Enter the Earth...and don't forget to read it yourself! I couldn't put it down, and lost some shut-eye, but...WOW!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Chris Man on June 8, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Enter the Earth is the first book in a series that looks to be quite entertaining. I bought it for my kids and ended up reading it first! It has elements that can appeal to all readers: some fantasy, some family interaction, some environmental message that's not preachy, some action adventure. Can't wait for book two......!!!
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