ENVIRONMENTAL APOCALYPSE: CHILDREN AND HOPE IN A YA NOVEL

An oil covered pelican sits stuck in thick beached oil at Queen Bess Island in Barataria Bay, just off the Gulf of Mexico in Plaquemines Parish, La., Saturday, June 5, 2010. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

An oil covered pelican sits stuck in thick beached oil at Queen Bess Island in Barataria Bay, just off the Gulf of Mexico in Plaquemines Parish, La., Saturday, June 5, 2010. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

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/Beth Wareham

For 87 days, crude oil bled into the Gulf of Mexico, each drop feeling like the poisoned blood of a huge beast come to destroy one of the most beautiful – and useful – ecosystems in America. The results – dead wildlife, destroyed breeding grounds, petroleum packed sediment on the ocean floor – the true depth and breath of the horror will not be known for decades.

And there it was, everyday, the oil bleeding into the ocean. We watched on CNN powerlessly. We watched on CNN with horror. For 87 days. In no world is a tank of gasoline worth what was done to the life of the Gulf. America was traumatized. And what did it do to the children?

Now, for the Young Adult in your life, MOTHERLESS by Native American novelist Gabriel Horn, has created a beautiful tale of loss and the hope now available on amazon for teens, ‘tweens, and really smart kids in your life. (Click on the title to go to the amazon page.)

In Motherless, young Native American Rainy Peak grows up on the pristine shores of Florida with her Grandfather, her parents having died in a car crash years ago. As she struggles with making her way through school with both bullies and friends, she learns what it means to be Indigenous and feels the bleeding of the Gulf as if it is part of her own flesh. Magic realism takes her into the ocean where the creatures speak of their trauma in the crude oil apocalypse in a scene that will haunt both young and older reader for years.

In this cauldron of lost parents and the bleeding Earth, the Mother of each of us, Rainy’s heart and mind are forged into that of protector. She understands how everything fits together and when a creature falls, we all fall. She will go to college and become a marine biologist. She will dedicate all that she is to saving the Mother. And in the process, we will all learn about grace, love, honor and the need to be whole.

FREE ON KINDLE PRIME, DOWNLOAD IT FOR YOUR FAVORITE TEEN. MOTHERLESS If you don’t have Kindle Prime, it’s the best few bucks you’ve spent on your child in your life.

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