Synopses & Reviews
Elizabeth Angier was happy to be at the end of the school year. She thought her summer on the family farm would be full of work and play with her best friend, Rachel, and her other best friend, her dog, Maizey. However, Elizabeth didn't anticipate the Harmony Farms Corporation moving to her town. Her world starts to crumble as her best friend moves away and her parents whisper of farmers selling their land and the effects this factory farm operation could have on them. When she thinks things can't get much worse, she meets the most unusual creature, Gaia, the living entity of the Earth. Strange things begin to happen to her, around her, and through her! Elizabeth discovers that with these new powers comes responsibility. A dire mistake makes Elizabeth wonder if meeting Gaia has been a blessing or a curse. Will Elizabeth have the strength to fight a large corporation? Or will her upstate New York home be spoiled by profit driven pork production that fouls the air, land, and water?
"Elizabeth was looking forward to spending her summer vacation with her best friend Rachel and her dog Maizey on their farm, Three Oaks Farm. But that all changes when Elizabeth discovers that Rachel is moving away and meets an otter who she can communicate with. Elizabeth learns that the otter's name is Gaia, and she needs help to save the earth. Elizabeth is both excited and frightened when she discovers the power she has to communicate with the earth, but does she have the strength to accept the challenge and drive out the evil forces threatening their farm and community? Gaia Girls is a delightful book with a powerful message. Kids will enjoy the mixture of fantasy and environmental concerns. Her relationship with her best friend Rachel seemed to drop part way through the story, and I would have liked some closure or communication between the two friends before Rachel moved away. An exciting story that will get kids thinking about the world around them and how they can make a difference too! (Ages 9-12)." - Kids Bookshelf Review by Christina Lewis
WINNER OF THE 2006 NATIONAL OUTDOOR BOOK AWARD (Children's Category)!
"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."
"I just finished previewing [Enter the Earth] for my class of 4th/5th graders at North Country School in Lake Placid, New York. I have to say it is the most inspiring, promising piece of juvenile literature I have read in a long time, and it couldn't be more perfect for my curriculum this year. I am doing a unit on trees in Science, and will use your book in Language Arts. There are so many fabulous and relevant issues in this book that our kids will be able to talk about and identify with. I just had to write to say thank you for thinking up such an amazing story and for putting it on paper! I cannot wait to introduce my students to the world of Gaia, through Elizabeth. We'll be waiting for your next book." -Katherine Anne Tholen, North Country School
"While the book is intended for younger readers and is full of whimsical elements, like talking otters, Welles manages to balance the cuteness with frank depictions of factory farming operations. Enter the Earth is an engrossing story for all ages."
-Chris Oryschack, Collegiate Times
"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." -Midwest Book Review
"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)" - Kirkus Reviews
About the Gaia Girls
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!
About the Author
Lee Welles is a freelance writer who lives and works in upstate New York. The Gaia Girls series was inspired by her personal experience as a summer camp nature director, her love of the outdoors, and reading about James Lovelock's Gaia Theory. Ms.Welles regularly appears on television and radio as a wellness expert and writes a weekly wellness column.