Written by Jennifer Cowan
Publication Date April 01, 2009
A New York Times Editors' Choice
Earthgirl follows the eco-evolution of sixteen-year-old Sabine Solomon, who is thrown into the fray one afternoon when she's riding her bike downtown to join her friends, and an idling minivan driver carelessly tosses leftovers from McDonald's out the car window, blindsiding Sabine and leaving her covered in plum sauce.
When Sabine tosses the garbage back at the offensive driver, an altercation ensues that is captured on the videophones of her friends. In a technological blink, footage is posted on YouTube, and Sabine finds herself at the center of a heated eco-debate. A crusader is born.
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.
"...witty...[Sabine's awakening is] subtly and thoroughly explored by the author" New York Times
"Earthgirl is a refreshing and girl empowering novel that I highly recommend." Children's Book News
"The greening of Sabine unfolds in an interesting mix of blogs and her own fast-paced, in-your-face narrative. Her voice is well laced with the 2009 teen vernacular, and an overload of burgeoning eco-consciousness that gives off more than a whiff of satire." Globe and Mail
"In her debut novel, Cowan entertains and educates about ecological issues and relationships...The focus on computer communication through website links, blogging...adds a sense of reality to the fiction and should make it more relevant to the young readers it targets. It may also be an eye-opener for their parents..." Canadian Jewish News
"This sharp debut novel with enormous teen appeal will inspire readers to question Sabine's tactics and their own impact on earth." Kirkus Reviews
"earthgirl is smart, funny, attuned to the times, and completely appropriate for its intended audience...Not only is the book entertaining, but it's educational as well, without being obvious about it." Quill & Quire