The Green Girls

Graphic Universe. Mar. 2023. 144p. pap. $14.99. ISBN 9781728478227.
Gr 5 Up–When Emma, Lily, and Fadila show off the organic vegetable garden they created at their school, nobody seems to care. It isn’t cool or important enough for the other students to pay attention. That’s when the three friends name themselves the Green Girls and try to think of ways to save the planet and also make a difference in the world of social media. The Green Girls (plus their friend Silas) stage a number of high-profile protests, all while raising awareness of different kinds of pollution. They learn about the power of protesting in front of a camera, and their livestreams get lots of attention, both positive and negative. This graphic novel is filled with plenty of action-packed scenes, including major events like a protest on a gigantic container ship and more intimate events such as arguments between friends. Some pages are filled with more densely packed information, as readers see articles or other sources that the girls are reading. The story is set in France, which will help to raise readers’ awareness about how these forms of pollution are truly worldwide issues and not just American problems. The artwork is eye-catching and colorful and brings even more energy to this already exciting story.
VERDICT For readers looking for stories ripped from the headlines or anyone who cares about saving the Earth.

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