Way of Water (Gaia Girls Series #2)

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Miho's backyard had always been the sea. The creatures within it were an endless source of fascination. But when the sea steals away her small family, she finds herself the ward of an uncle she has never met and submerged in a world she has never known: Japan. From the city of Nagoya to the seaside town of Goza, Miho struggles to fit in and navigate the language, the culture and her own grief. It is in Goza that she discovers her surprising family history and finds new teachers. She is befriended by an old man ...

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Miho's backyard had always been the sea. The creatures within it were an endless source of fascination. But when the sea steals away her small family, she finds herself the ward of an uncle she has never met and submerged in a world she has never known: Japan. From the city of Nagoya to the seaside town of Goza, Miho struggles to fit in and navigate the language, the culture and her own grief. It is in Goza that she discovers her surprising family history and finds new teachers. She is befriended by an old man who becomes her Sensei and teaches her Sho-do, The Way of the Brush. And it is there she meets Gaia, the living entity of the Earth. Gaia grants her amazing powers to connect with the "minds in the water" and Miho is given access and understanding to all the world's oceans. Will she be able to use her powers to help balance the traditions of the past with the demands of the present? Can she overcome her outsider status to help others understand The Way of Water?

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Gaia Girls Way of Water is a recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award. The Mom's Choice Award honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of the panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, Ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, New York Times Best-Selling Author; LeAnn Thieman, Motivational speaker and coauthor of seven Chicken Soup For The Soul books; Tara Paterson, Certified Parent Coach, and founder of the Mom's Choice Awards. Parents and educators look for the Mom's Choice Awards seal in selecting quality materials and products for children and families. This book has been honored by this distinguished award.

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Miho has spent her life by the sea. Her parents annually follow the humpback whales to Hawaii in the winter and Alaska in the summer - or they did, at least until that dreadful day when Miho received a sealed package with five horrid little words: Lost at sea; presumed dead.

Now, at only ten years old, she is flying across the world to live with an uncle she has never met. With nothing but time and painful memories, she reflects on the last time she saw her parents. As they were packing up their boat for the day, Miho had seen an otter wave at her and begged her parents to let her stay and find it. Now she wishes she had ignored the otter and gone out to sea with her parents. She would much rather be "Lost at sea; presumed dead" than flying across the world surrounded by so much pain.

When she arrives at the airport, a driver is waiting to pick her up instead of her uncle coming himself. Things go downhill from there as she soon finds out her uncle lives in a tiny, cigarette-stinking apartment in the downtown of large, busy city of Nagoya. She also learns she is an outsider here. Part Japanese, part American, she towers over the Japanese inhabitants, and her green eyes clearly flag her as a Gaijin (stranger).

Miho's life takes a dramatic turn, however, when her uncle takes her to Goza, a small town by the sea where he and her mother grew up. She feels at home with the sea, and her uncle appears to be more happy and relaxed. Miho soon bumps into the otter and it begins to speak to her. He explains that she has been chosen and begins to give her many powers as he teaches her about the creatures of the sea. She learns that the sea is in danger and is determined to find a way to convince her uncle that they must stay and live in Goza. But how can she accomplish this? And how can she save the creatures of the sea?

Gaia Girls: Way of Water is a heartwarming story of loss, love, and adventure. Miho introduces the reader to many of life's lessons in a gentle and guiding way. In addition to the environmental message that forms a subtle yet stable foundation, the reader is reminded among many other things that life's teachers come in many forms, that one must be careful not to be blinded by one's immediate desires, and that, above all, we must work together as creatures of the planet, in both work and play.

Way of Water is the second in the "Gaia Girls" series. While each book forms a single independent story, they are interconnected, as are the elements of the earth. This fabulous collection is ageless in its readership and timeless in its wisdom. It is a recommended addition for every bookshelf and library collection, remembering of course to save space for the upcoming volumes. If these books are any indication, there are more great adventures just over the horizon.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933609034
  • Publisher: Daisyworld Press
  • Publication date: 6/13/2007
  • Series: Gaia Girls Series , #2
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 777,978
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 1.10 (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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  • Posted February 22, 2009

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    A Mom's Choice Awards Recipient!

    The Mom's Choice Awards honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of the panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, Ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, New York Times Best-Selling Author; LeAnn Thieman, Motivational speaker and coauthor of seven Chicken Soup For The Soul books; Tara Paterson, Certified Parent Coach, and founder of the Mom's Choice Awards. Parents and educators look for the Mom's Choice Awards seal in selecting quality materials and products for children and families. This book/product has earned this distinguished award.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2007

    Better than Harry Potter!

    The 2nd book was outstandingly good!!!! Once I started reading it I could not put it down. I can't waite for the 3rd one!!! These books are so good that they have me excited to start reading the next books! I love reading them out side, in a tree or on the grass.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2009

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    After Harry Potter and Twilight... the world needs more Gaia Girls

    Book 2 is excellent. The characters have more depth, the story is faster paced and the action is riveting. Ms. Welles, please hurry up and write the rest of the series. We can't wait. I for one hope more tweens discover Gaia Girls. Every girl should read this series; strong girl characters, real-world science, easy-to-pickup and hard-to-put-down adventures. The series keeps getting better.

    Pioneering eco stories for our future eco conscious world. Unlike other book fads, Gaia Girls inspires girls to love science and nature and make a difference in real-world around them.

    Each of the books include puzzle games and hidden codes. Gaia Girls is highly recommended for girls of all ages, teachers (great read aloud or classroom kit), book clubs and libraries.

    If you are looking for something more for your daughter or son, this is series is it!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2007

    This is a great book!!!

    You should totally read this book if you would like to help save the environment, like water, or love fantasy! This book is a must have for almost anyone!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2012

    Come expecting shecat res1

    Res1

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2012

    Kit

    A long haired black and white shekit comes in "my mommy is dead..... can i join? I need a mommy and a name...." she said sadly

    -nameless kit-

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2012

    Whitekit

    Thank u. *she purred.*

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2012

    Nighthawk to redkit

    Dont cry... why do i have no experience taking care of a child.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2012

    Fmekit to ceaderstar

    Can i join?

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    Posted November 21, 2012

    Stormkit

    *Sucked*

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2012

    Silvermist

    "Okay, kits," she says quietly. "We're going." "Where are we going, mama?" Firekit asks as she looks up with big eyes. "We're going back to camp," she says, gathering up Stormkit and Shadowkit. She looks at Stealthfire sorrowfully. "This is where I must leave you," he whispers. Silvermist leans against his starry pelt. "I know," she sighs. "I'll miss you," he says. "Me too. Take care of yourself," she whispers. "You too. I almost lost you. I don't want to have to save you again," Stealhfire breathes. She watches as he fades away into the night, then shakes herself. "Come kits," she calls. "Time to go home." They walk to water way result four.

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    Posted November 12, 2012

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    Kk

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2012

    Shadowkit

    Shadowkit mewled loudly. ((Thx Silvermist!))

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2012

    Frosheart

    (I have a friend that is from starclan....she died and her name is Iceheart.)

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    Posted November 12, 2012

    Lionclaw

    Foe twinkie result two

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2012

    Emberpetal

    The river is close but i will have to tell my leader first.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2012

    MOVING CAMP TO...

    Fire fight first result

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