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Gaia Girls: Way of Water [Hardcover]

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Winner of the 2008 NAUTILUS GOLD AWARD in the category of Young Adult Fiction/Fantasy

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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Pages   425
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.4" Width: 5.7" Height: 1.5"
Weight:   1.45 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jun 1, 2007
Publisher   Chelsea Green Publishing
ISBN  1933609028  
ISBN13  9781933609027  

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1Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 4-8 > General
2Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 9-12 > General
3Books > Subjects > Children > Literature > Science Fiction, Fantasy, Mystery & Horror > Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
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Great Book!!  Aug 17, 2008
Hi, I am ten years old and I think that this book, Gaia Girls Way of Water was a GREAT book. It is the second book in the seires. It's about a girl who has to learn a lot. Like how to speak a whole different language! She also makes a couple of friends who teach her much. I really liked this book. But I think you should read the first one first! It is called Gaia Girls Enter the Earth. So if you like adventure books like Harry Potter and Warriors and other books that have to do with fiction and animals you will certainly like this one!!! :)
One of the most "awesomest" books I've ever read  May 27, 2008
This is the mom of a 10 year old. She's dictating to me. I think Gaia Girls is amazing and made me look at the world in a whole different (positive) way! James Taylor is one of my favorite song writers and this really made me think about his song "Gaia." I can't wait for more!!!!
Water, Water Everywhere  Nov 23, 2007
Author Lee Welles set herself a daunting task with her second book, "Gaia Girls: Way of Water." Her first book in the series, "Gaia Girls: Enter the Earth", won the National Outdoor Book Award and the iParenting Media Award, garnered critical acclaim, and brought her invitations for book signings at schools, libraries, and fairs across the country. That's a hard act to follow, even for a seasoned author, but "Enter the Earth" was Welles' first book.

Furthermore, in writing "Enter the Earth", Lee drew from her own experiences, growing up on a farm in upstate New York. In "Way of Water", the main character, Miho, is an American-Japanese girl who has spent her entire life traveling to Pacific Ocean ports with her whale-observing parents, while the book itself mostly takes place in Japan, where Miho must go to live when the sea claims the lives of her parents. In choosing this premise and this setting for her second story in this series, Welles breaks one of the oldest guidelines for writers - "Write what you know."

The large focus on Japan works for Welles, though, in part because Miho has never before been to Japan. Though her mother was Japanese, and she knows a little of Japanese language and culture, Miho's culture shock and her feelings of being an outsider with much to learn helps the reader identify with Miho, and gives the book a much deeper ring of truth than if Welles had tried to write Japan from an inside perspective. And, as the author confesses in her blog at [...], she had to do "massive amounts of research." As Miho adjusts to the sudden, difficult changes in her life, I found her a believable, fully-developed character with whom I could easily sympathize - a heroine, in fact, who bravely deals with the death of her parents, the move to a new country and culture, and the fantastical experience of meeting a talking otter!

With the Gaia Girls series, the fantastic blends quite well into the normal experiences in the lives of the girls around whom each book centers. I am reminded of the Narnia series, or of Philip Pullman's "Golden Compass", where children encounter creatures and ideas beyond the scope of everyday reality. The characters respond at first with surprise, shock, disbelief, curiosity - as most of us would. Then, because children are better are adapting and using their imaginations, they accept the new creatures as comrades or foes and step forward into the quest. In this case, the quest is a very real and laudable one: to save the Earth from the damage we humans are doing. And thus is born a new kind of fantasy book for kids, a new kind of super-hero, presented in a creative and fun way, but with very practical, concrete applications.

Lee Welles' Gaia Girls are "eco-heroines", advocates and activists for caring for the Earth, and therefore, caring for ourselves. The message is one of environmentalism and stewardship without being too preachy. The scientific explanations, the political message is not too heavy-handed, and the storylines are exciting in and of themselves. I continued reading because I wanted to know what happens to Miho, and along the way I thought more about the amount of earth that is covered by water, the mind-boggling amount of life that inhabits our oceans, and our place in these things.

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I learned the Way of Water  Sep 14, 2007
I loved this book even more then the first. It is a great mix between fantasy and what is really going on in the world. You feel for the characters... not just the human characters but all the animals in the book as well. I was able to learn the Way of Water along with Miho and all I wanted to do was find some way to help her help the ocean. I can't wait for book three, and in the mean time this book makes me want to do somthing about the way people treat this planet.
Girl Heroes- Book II - Gaia Girls Way of Water is even better!  Sep 9, 2007
Gaia Girls Way of Water is better than book I. It's hard for me to say that because I loved the first book so much. Book series can be scary, if you like them you want them to get better and Book II does not disappoint. Way of Water is a beautifully crafted tale about a Gaia Girl and her "fish out of water" adventures in Japan. The characters were believable and 'real' the ECO issue was powerful and heart breaking. The series just leaves you wanting MORE. That is my only complaint, the next one is NOT out yet.

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