Author: Claudia Davila
Illustrator: Claudia Davila
Publisher: Kids Can Press
Publication Date: August 2011
Genre/Format: Realistic-Science Fiction/Graphic Novel
GoodReads Summary: 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.
What I Think:
Read Together: Grades 5 - 8
Read Alone: Grades 5 - 8
Read With: Babysitter's Club Graphix (graphic novels) by Raina Telgemeier, Smile and Drama by Raina Telgemeier, Babymouse (series) by Jenni and Matt Holm.
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Visit the Kids Can Press page for Luz Sees the Light for more samples.Mentor Text For: Expository, Persuasive, Personal Narrative
Writing Prompts: Write about something you have decided to do or not do to help protect the world - then write a persuasive essay to convince others to try it, too. Write about a time in your life when you had to make a big change - what encouraged you, what helped you get through it, how did you feel about change?
Topics Covered: Integration - Science, Global Warming, Being Green, Friendship, Family, Love, Determination, Hard Work, Community, Multi-Generational
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