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Luz Makes a Splash
     

Luz Makes a Splash

by Claudia Davila
 

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Residents of the city of Petroville are suffering through the hottest and driest summer on record. Desperate for a way to cool off, Luz and her friends head out to Spring Pond to go swimming. But when they arrive, they're shocked to discover the pond has virtually disappeared! It turns out a multinational company has purchased the nearby land and is using the water

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Residents of the city of Petroville are suffering through the hottest and driest summer on record. Desperate for a way to cool off, Luz and her friends head out to Spring Pond to go swimming. But when they arrive, they're shocked to discover the pond has virtually disappeared! It turns out a multinational company has purchased the nearby land and is using the water from the spring to make their soda. Meanwhile, back in the city, the gardens in Friendship Park are withering and at risk of dying because of the lack of rain. And now the city has imposed water restrictions in order to conserve. Luz and her friends are just kids, but is there anything they can do to help save two of Luz's favorite places?

This graphic novel is part of the Future According to Luz series, about a girl who helps the environment one small step at a time. It's an engaging read that also presents the serious issue of water scarcity at a level and tone children can understand. Luz offers a locally oriented model of how children can make a difference, starting with general awareness of their own water usage and including hands-on ideas for projects that prevent wasting water and protect a community's water supply. This book makes a useful resource for environmental science lessons, with an emphasis on living sustainably. As a bonus, there's a step-by-step plan for creating a water-wise garden with xeriscaping at the back of the book.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
There’s a heat wave in Petroville, and this one’s the worst that Luz or any of her friends can remember. Couple that with a terrible drought and a national soda company draining the local watering hole to make soft drinks, and Petroville has a crisis on its hands. Fortunately, the town’s resident angry hippie, Gord, has a plan, and Luz and the rest are up for the task. This follow-up to Luz Sees the Light is a sweet story about the ways that small actions can have a big impact on our world. Davila’s story has a strong environmental message, but the lessons go beyond simple water conservation. Davila’s illustrations carry this idea home with a simple style that is colorful and full of action. She has populated Luz’s hometown with a diverse set of characters, each finding ways to work together to save their town. Ages 8–up. (Aug.)
From the Publisher
... a great introduction to green living. ... This fun, community-building story would be a great addition to environmental science curricula and might even spark a science fair project or two.—Booklist Online

This is an entertaining and empowering read, and should inspire many children to find out how they can make a difference in their communities.—School Library Journal

... colorful and full of action.—Publishers Weekly

... a refreshingly animated exercise in building community and awareness ...—Kirkus Reviews

Children's Literature - Raina Sedore
This is the hottest summer on record for Luz's city and even the mall has scheduled brown-outs. When she visits a pond a bus ride away to try and cool off, Luz finds out that the pond has been drained by a nearby soft drink factory. What is a concerned citizen to do? In this follow-up to Davila's Luz Sees the Light, readers return to a progressive city neighborhood full of people looking for alternative solutions to environmental problems. Luz and her community explore graywater filtration, petitioning, and irrigation as methods for dealing with various ramifications of the drought. Meanwhile, Luz herself struggles with feeling alienated from her friends and the community efforts going on around her. Davila illustrates this story using just black, white, and blue (Luz Sees the Light was in black, white, and brown)—appropriate choices for a story revolving around water. She blends a wide variety of panel sizes with bleeds and some of her full-page illustrations are quite lovely. Although the previous volume in this series was distinctly set in the (albeit near) future, this story could be completely contemporary. This is a strong message-based graphic novel for children. Reviewer: Raina Sedore
Kirkus Reviews
A heat wave and a drought spark more multi-fronted eco-activism in this sequel to Luz Sees the Light (2011). Blasting sun, weeks without rain, scheduled brownouts and water rationing have taken their toll on Petroville and the dying community gardens in Friendship Park. As if that's not bad enough, wilted young Luz discovers to her shock that with the new Top Cola plant sucking up groundwater, the once-brimming Spring Pond outside of town has become only a mudhole. Everyone springs into action. Luz's friends join her mother, her aged abuela and other adult allies to mount a protest campaign against Top Cola's water use. Meanwhile, Luz helps neighbors set up rain barrels, hoses and a bathtub "mini-marsh" to filter graywater from local businesses for the gardens. At last a massive cloudburst and Top Cola's promise to restore the pond bring sweet relief. It's plainly purposeful, as seen in dialogue ("Let's look for other cases of water rights abuses around the world"; "Carbon footprint!") and a concluding minifeature in which Luz helps a neighbor xeriscape a turf lawn. It's not just a lesson, though. The episode is fleshed out not only with character interaction and comedic side play, but in Dávila's simply drawn, monochrome blue panels, in which figures pose and expostulate with theatrical energy. Like its predecessor, more a refreshingly animated exercise in building community and awareness than a specific procedural guide for going green. (Graphic novel. 8-10)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781554537624
Publisher:
Kids Can Press, Limited
Publication date:
08/01/2012
Series:
Future According to Luz Series , #2
Pages:
96
Product dimensions:
6.73(w) x 8.77(h) x 0.53(d)
Lexile:
GN390L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Graphic designer and children's illustrator Claudia Dávila was born in Chile and now makes her home in Toronto. She was formerly the art director of Chirp and Chickadee magazines.

Graphic designer and children's illustrator Claudia Dávila was born in Chile and now makes her home in Toronto. She was formerly the art director of Chirp and Chickadee magazines.

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