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?
National radio tour, National Whole Foods Markets tour. Interactive website (www.gaiagirls.com) contains puzzles, movie, blog, and tips to help Gaia. Curriculum guide and support materials for teachers.
This first installment of the Gaia Girls series introduces four girls, each from a different region of the world, who are endowed by Gaia, the living organism of the Earth, with powers over one of the four elements: earth, air, fire, and water. Hidden in the illustrations are codes that readers can use 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.