earthgirl by Jennifer Cowan

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This unusual novel written partly in blog format (complete with comments posted by the earthgirl’s followers and detractors) takes the cutting-edge form of an online confessional. The story follows the eco-evolution of 16-year-old Sabine Solomon. When she’s blindsided by a driver whose thrown-out McDonald’s leftovers leave her covered in plum sauce, Sabine throws the garbage back, causing a clash that’s captured on her friends’ videophones. Quickly the footage is shown on YouTube, and Sabine finds herself at the center of a heated eco-debate. Inspired to greater global consciousness, she goes to work for an organic food co-op and meets charismatic, idealistic eco-warrior Vray Forest. Mesmerized, she vows to change her life and influence others, much to the dismay of her meat-eating family and shopaholic friends. But when Vray’s activism takes a dark turn, Sabine must face some difficult decisions. Jennifer Cowan’s first book presents an endearing, funny, modern heroine — at once smart, curious, self-mocking, and self-righteous — whose story riffs on universal teen dilemmas of peer pressure, first love, and trying to do the right thing.

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Jennifer Cowan is a writer and story editor whose television credits include the animated comedy Producing Parker, Traders, the teen soap Edgement (2004 Leo Award for Best Screenwriting in a Youth or Children's Series / 2004 Gemini Award nominee), The Saddle Club, The Zack Files and Ready or Not. She is the producer and director of the award-winning documentary, Douglas Coupland Close Personal Friend, and has produced arts, pop culture and entertainment magazine programs and documentaries for the CBC, TVOntario and CityTV. Earthgirl is her first book. Jennifer lives and works in Toronto.
Published March 24, 2009 by Groundwood Books. 192 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books. Fiction

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After a minivan driver throws “the debris of her McFatty meal” at Sabine Solomon and their ensuing confrontation is captured on YouTube, the Toronto 16-year-old Gap employee and pseudo-Prada shopper with her “grrlz” joins the eco-evolution.

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