I received this book for free from the publisher or author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Diary of Amy, the 14-Year-Old Girl Who Saved the Earth by Scott Erickson
Published by Azaria Press on August 11th 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Middle Grade
Source: ARC from publisher
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Is the systematic destruction of life on earth making you sad?Here’s the book that will turn your frown upside-down!
Amy Johnson-Martinez is a bright 14-year-old girl who spontaneously decides to camp in a local wetland to stop its destruction. But she wants to do much more. She wants to save the whole earth! Amy is convinced there must be a way to get to the root of all our environmental problems.
It’s definitely going to take a lot more than switching to compact fluorescent light bulbs!
Amy's unique combination of youthful innocence and a sharp mind allow her to make discoveries that have eluded others. She discovers that a few simple yet fundamental changes will create a sustainable society.
With the world on the brink of environmental collapse, Amy discovers that powerful forces are willing to use all their power to fight Amy’s proposals. Will Amy defeat the opposition and convince the country to make the bold leap to sustainability before it's too late?
This book was surprisingly insightful. I learned a lot, actually, and while a few bits were beyond me (or beyond my interest level, not sure which), most of it cleared up the concept of economy for me. It is a highly economical-political book, but seen through the eyes of a 14-year-old, it’s understandable and I can see myself reading this in the future. While unrealistic at times (well, a lot of times), the main principle was completely believable. Perhaps it’s a bit futuristic but not THAT far into the future.
Coyote (her eco-activist friend): Mysterious. I actually found it extremely hard to believe he was only 18. He seemed a lot older at the beginning especially. That made it extremely hard for me to believe Amy had a thing for him throughout the entire book, but I didn’t have a problem with it.
All the other characters are pretty much exactly as they seem, though all quite extreme. Perfect stereotypes of people in our culture today who we don’t believe actually exist, but do. Almost all of them. Like, for example, absolutely crazy state representatives and evil-corporation-leading closet-eco-activists.