REVIEW: Gaia Girls
I have been thinking for a while now that what we need are Eco Heroes in literature and movies and lo and behold up pops the brand new Gaia Girls series from Lee Welles.
Despite this book (and the music, secret codes and website) being aimed at a younger audience it does capture adults with all the ease of Harry Potter. Imagine a sort of eco-teen Power Rangers.
Each book, overall there are seven with four initial books introducing each girl and the final three with them working as a team, is focused on a different girl in a different part of the world and each time the girl is given an elemental power: fire, water, earth and air.
The first book, Enter The Earth, is a stormer.
Elizabeth Angier is wise beyond her years and heading into grade five but first she gets to enjoy a great summer down on the family farm. All is bliss until a large agrobusiness moves in nearby and threatens their existence. Boo Hiss, the perfect pantomime villain. As if life isn't complicated enough Elizabeth suddenly seems able to hear Gaia but that priviledge comes at a price: with power comes responsibility.
Cue the action and as you would expect the plot will not let you down. I for one will be lining up for copies of the next books unless I can wangle more review copies. And this would make a great series of movies.
But don't take my word for it. Check out the reviews from Treehugger and SustainableTable.
And if you want more info check out the Gaia Girls website and even the authors MySpace profile.