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Enter the Earth (Gaia Girls Series #1)

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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,...

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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?

Winner of the 2006 National Outdoor Book Award in the Children's Category!

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Editorial Reviews

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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.

Children's Literature - Uma Krishnaswami
Ten-year-old Elizabeth who lives on an increasingly embattled family farm, takes on corporate power and the factory farm establishment in this frankly didactic first book in a planned series. Humans are destroying the environment, cluttering the countryside of upstate New York with "castle houses." The kids who live in them do not take the bus to school but instead get dropped off in huge SUVs with leather-covered seats. If all this sounds familiar, that is intentional. Elizabeth's bucking of this system is so sympathetically conveyed that it earned this book a National Outdoor Book Award (NOBA). It is in the fantasy leap this book takes that Welles is both ambitious and effective. In small ways at first, then more and more clearly, the earth begins to speak to Elizabeth in the person of a river otter. She has been chosen, along with three other girls, to save Gaia. Soon she begins to develop the powers she will need in her inevitable confrontation, at levels both deeply personal and universal, with the "dark side." Despite prose that occasionally plods across this far-reaching stage, the weaving of the story into the everyday life of the child protagonist saves it from heavy handedness. That life is peopled with a bully, victims, friends, allies, and antagonists. Elizabeth's part-American Indian ancestry seems contrived, too obviously conflating complexities of ancestry and identity. The backbone of this story lies in passages given to the otter, in which she laments the damage done to the only earth we have—these carry the strength of the book's rationale, and they work. So do the machinations of Harmony Farms, whose business practices and collusions with local government arecrystal clear reflections of present-day reality. Hidden codes encourage rereading, as do Ann Hameister's delicately inked black-and-white illustrations. Jacket copy informs us that each of the four girls in the series will be from a different region of the world. It is to be hoped that cultural generalizations about those regions will not derail this worthy intention. The accompanying audio CD track is reminiscent of 1980s children's cult hits Raffi Meets Magpie for the middle grades. Printed appropriately on 100% post-consumer recycled paper.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933609010
  • Publisher: Daisy World Press
  • Publication date: 6/13/2007
  • Series: Gaia Girls Series , #1
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 598,586
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Lee Welles is a freelance writer who lives and works in upstate New York. The Gaia Girls series was inspired by a combination of her personal experience as a summer camp nature director, her love of the outdoors, and reading about Gaia Theory. Ms. Welles regularly appears on television and radio as a wellness expert and writes a weekly wellness column. She lives in Corning, New York. You can visit Lee's blog at http://gaiagirls.com/blog/

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Table of Contents


Home is Where the Heart Is     1
Dell Danner     14
Beginnings & Endings     21
It Sounded Like     37
Echoes     48
Denial     52
I am Gaia     60
It Started Out Bad     72
Then It Got Worse     79
Sing Song Creek     88
If You Are Ready     97
I am Gaia II     103
A Wild Ride     111
Counting Sheep     118
Be Brave     127
Sneaking Out     140
Traveling     147
Breakfast at Rachel's     156
Teatime     167
Where is Gaia?     177
The Soil is in My Blood     184
Love at First Strawberry     196
Eminent Domain     208
Laughter & Tears     216
Lost     232
Secrets     238
Will Knows     246
Be Brave II     255
Gaia Girl     263
Listen     268
The Stinky Visitor     275
Seeing is Believing     282
The Plan     289
G G     294
Mission: Danner Farm     300
Too Costly     307
Endings & Beginnings     315
Author's Thoughts     322
Gaia Girls Way of Water - Sneak Peek     325
Hidden Codes     335
Gaia Games     336
Book Group Discussion Questions     347
ECO Audit - Being Good to Gaia     352
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2006

    Great Fantasy/Adventure Story

    This is truly one of the best books I have ever read! I could not put the book down. Lee is a beautiful writer her words are like beautiful music.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    I personally loved this book! Once i picked it up, i couldnt put it down!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2007

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    Thank you thank you thank you to the author, illustrator and publishers of this book!!! My daughter is 10 years old and absolutely loves it. She loves to read but can be very picky about books! We happened to be at the Boston Museum of Science when the author was there and my daughter had to have a signed copy after talking to Lee Welles for a few minutes. We are very eco-concerned and I am glad to see a book that really relates to this generations problems and the fact that they really do need to start getting involved and getting there friends involved in fixing the situation NOW!!! SO again THANK YOU!!! I truly believe that this book may help a lot of young adults step up and make a difference!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2006

    I cant say enough for the characters

    Really pulls you in, a lot to relate to, what a wonder full story, have to have to have to read it ) I think Im going to rename my do Mazy!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2006

    Magic

    I can recall reading books like Gaia Girls as a kid. It's one of those that really stimulates the imagination and will draw a kid into a magical world complete with talking otters. And it was great fun to read as an adult! Yes, it has an environmental bent, but not the slightest bit preachy it's simply about a girl who has great love for her farm and wants to save it from changing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2006

    Thrown back to childhoods advnetures

    What a great book, actully meet the author at a book signing. After college I started to really read books and some childerns books too, esp newbery winners. I was delighted with this one, very fun and because of the great writing and all the science it was really engauging even for me. Its a girls book but who couldnt realate to the characters, what a great book, nice to see such a good message come across too. Highly recomend it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2006

    A Must Environmental Book for Kids

    This book is about a pre-adolescent girl of Native American ancestory who discovers she has a very special relationship with Gaia (Mother Earth). She lives on a farm in a farming community that is under threat from a big company that proclaims to be for the environment, but is not. There is no profanity or violence in this book. Read to find out how this fourth grade girl and her dog help her family and neighbors.

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