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Luz Sees the Light
     

Luz Sees the Light

by Claudia Davila
 

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Change is in the air. Power outages are increasing, and gas prices are soaring. At first, 12-year-old Luz balks, hardly thrilled by the prospect of actually having to walk to the mall. But Luz doesn't mope for long. After all, her name — pronounced "loose" — means "light." Soon, this intelligent and spirited chica begins to understand that she must change

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Change is in the air. Power outages are increasing, and gas prices are soaring. At first, 12-year-old Luz balks, hardly thrilled by the prospect of actually having to walk to the mall. But Luz doesn't mope for long. After all, her name — pronounced "loose" — means "light." Soon, this intelligent and spirited chica begins to understand that she must change with the times. As food prices rise, Luz decides to help create a more self-sustainable community by transforming a run-down city lot into a garden where she and her neighbors can grow their own fruits and vegetables. But when she solicits help from her friends — boy-crazy Anika and computer-whiz Robby — they think she's a little loco. Luz pedals her idea on the street, but the community is equally dismissive. Can Luz pull off her plan and help change her world alone? This graphic novel is a kid-friendly take on sustainable living in a fossil fuel-dependent world. Preteens will love the fearless, fiery and resourceful heroine and will find inspiration in her efforts to steer her society toward self-sustainable living. Hip and energetic illustrations bring Luz and her world to life in a jazzy, appealing fashion, and a bonus chapter teaches kids how to make garden compost.

Editorial Reviews

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A high-energy consciousness raiser, if not a practical guide to environmental issues and action.—Kirkus Reviews

... an enjoyable book that should inspire kids to act locally.—Publishers Weekly

This book is a good transitional reader for children interested in activism or the environment.—School Library Journal

Davila's black, white, and sepia-washed illustrations, set inside generously sized panels, manage to be friendly and dynamic with just the right amount of seriousness - a fitting complement to this story.—Quill & Quire

School Library Journal
Gr 3–5—Everyday scenarios teach Luz how to live with less impact on the environment. Her neighborhood experiences blackouts due to excessive electricity use, gas prices are so high that her family has to ride bikes to the mall, and her mother buys local foods at the supermarket to save money. Eventually, the 12-year-old is inspired to turn a vacant lot into a community garden. Though the story is a little didactic, Luz and her friends are an engaging and diverse group (Luz is Latina and her best friend is African American), and the cartoon-style illustrations are drawn with humor. The plain palette of black and paper-bag brown reflects the story's environmental message. This book is a good transitional reader for children interested in activism or the environment.—Lisa Goldstein, Brooklyn Public Library, NY
Kirkus Reviews

A young eco-activist spreads the word in this message-driven webcomic spinoff.

Showing a realistic 12-year-old's reluctance to change her ways and expectations, Luz at last sees the environmental light thanks to repeated large-scale power failures and her mother's continued complaints about the prices of gas ($7.01 Canadian, which puts this story in a very near future) and of groceries that aren't locally made. With help from friends like her comically high-strung new buddy Robert, a vegetarian and computer geek, and other neighbors, Luz goes on to convert a littered empty lot into a tidy, well-tended pocket garden/playground. Though the dialogue is anything but natural-sounding ("Good-bye, trash-infested lot, hello plant paradise! This is going to change the face of our street forever!"), Luz's infectious energy comes through strongly both in her tendency to utter grand pronouncements and in the exuberantly exaggerated body language she and the other figures display in the author's two-color cartoon scenes. Analytical readers may wonder where Luz gets all the free planters and playground equipment, or how she kept her mother in the dark until the park was a fait accompli—but internal logic takes a back seat here to inspirational rhetoric and the rewards of community organizing.

A high-energy consciousness raiser, if not a practical guide to environmental issues and action.(Graphic novel. 8-10)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781554537662
Publisher:
Kids Can Press, Limited
Publication date:
08/01/2011
Series:
Future According to Luz Series , #1
Pages:
96
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile:
GN360L (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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