Zera and the Greenman, by Colorado Springs author Sandra Knauf, is a delightful YA novel that combines plant folklore and legend into a tale that addresses the issue of what could happen when modern bio-technology go too far. Knauf has taken things to extremes to reveal the possibilities of what might happen to the natural world we live in and humanity if the greed of man is left unchecked. Teens will find this YA story entertaining, but they may learn something in the process, as Knauf subtly interjects subtle biology and ecology information and plant folklore into an informative story with valuable lessons for today’s youth.
Sandra Knauf takes readers on a journey to a world where technology is taken for granted and experimentation in bio-technology is out of control in Zera and the Greenman. The plant world is rebelling and they’ve chosen fifteen year old Zera Green to be their champion. Strange things begin to happen around Zera that have no logical explanation she can see. Her search for the caustic force behind these events leads to the discovery of legends in her family history, which turn out to be more than just folklore, as Zera’s visions reveal the truth. As comprehension dawns for Zera the situation escalates and it’s up to Zera to put a stop to it all before it’s too late. In the process of discovering her family history, she may just learn a thing or two about herself, as well. A must read for all planet friendly youth.
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