Luz Makes a Splash

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With a heat wave and a drought threatening the city's water supply, Luz and her friends dive into the fight to save the swimming pond and Friendship Park. This graphic novel includes a guide on how to make a water-wise garden.
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With a heat wave and a drought threatening the city's water supply, Luz and her friends dive into the fight to save the swimming pond and Friendship Park. This graphic novel includes a guide on how to make a water-wise garden.
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School Library Journal
Gr 2–4—It's the hottest summer in years, and water and power are in short supply. Local gardens are dying, and Top Cola is draining the local swimming hole, using the water to make its sugary soft drinks, so Luz once again becomes an environmental activist for her community. She and her friends are an engaging, likable group, and are not sanctimoniously dedicated to their cause: they grumble about turning off the air-conditioning and boycotting their favorite Top Cola drinks. Dávila smoothly integrates facts about water conservation with the story line, aided by appealing cartoon illustrations. Drawn with bold lines and in a simple palette of black and light blue, they reflect the do-it-yourself ethos of Luz's activism. Because this graphic novel is divided into short chapters, it will serve as a bridge book or an advanced easy reader for children new to longer chapter books. This is an entertaining and empowering read, and should inspire many children to find out how they can make a difference in their communities.—Lisa Goldstein, Brooklyn Public Library, NY
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.)
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)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781554537693
  • Publisher: Kids Can Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 8/1/2012
  • Series: Future According to Luz Series , #2
  • Pages: 96
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.51 (w) x 8.49 (h) x 0.34 (d)

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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