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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."--Treehugger.com
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.
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 GaiaGirls.com! --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
I thought this was okay at first, but the writing gets sloppy at key moments. It's hard for the reader to figure out what is going on. Also, this book contains mixed messages. Read morePublished 4 months ago by L
well beyond the advised reader age group- delightful story -fantasy with a purpose made me look at my natural world in a different way- patiently waiting for the rest of the... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Katie 1977
I bought the first two books when my son was 2 & 3 respectively and I loved them. He is reading them now, and enjoying them, and neither one of us can wait for the third one. Read morePublished on April 18, 2012 by Jennifer M. Scott
this book was great... i highly recommend it to anyone who cares about the Earth. Gaia helped Elizabeth learn a lot and it gave me an overview of how awful factory farming is. Read morePublished on April 15, 2011 by Chloe G.
Elizabeth is excited that fourth grade is almost over and she'll soon be able to hang out for lazy days on her farm with her best friend Rachel. Read morePublished on January 11, 2011 by Cynthia Hudson
this book was recommended for readers 8 to 12 years old. I purchased it for my 8 year old granddaughter who is in 2nd grade. It is much too advanced for her. Read morePublished on December 15, 2009 by Catherine Hayre
Excellent book -- a magical read. Welles weaves a vivid tale and really captures a specific mood.
My only caveat would be that there's one section that's a graphic... Read more
I think this book is a wonderful way to express a love for nature the author obviously has. This book is inspiring to me because of the way it communicates a certain independence... Read morePublished on November 23, 2008
This was the best book I have ever read!!! This teaches you a lot of things about the environment and how you can take care of the earth. Read morePublished on November 17, 2008