Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 7 to 11
- Grade: 3
- Reading age: 8 to 9
Stella Bowles was a Grade 6 Nova Scotia student when she turned environmental activist to campaign against sewage pipes draining straight into the LaHave River. This is the inspirational first person account of Stella's Grade 6 science fair project which caught the eyes of the media, the public and government leaders propelling her into the limelight.
Stella details her two and a half year fight to clean up the river, winning numerous awards for her environmental activism along the way. She succeeds in shaming three levels of government and rallying supporters into funding a $15.7 million cleanup. Today, she continues to campaign for cleaner water and demonstrates to other children how to test water quality in their own back yards, and how to take action if they find their water is polluted too.
Stella's story will motivate readers to engage in local environmental activism. She demonstrates that doing what's right has no age barriers.
About the authors
Anne Laurel Carter was born in Don Mills, Ontario. She has suffered from a bad case of wanderlust all of her life, which has taken her all over the world. In between travelling, Anne completed Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Education. Anne loves working with children, and became an ESL and French teacher. She is also the mother of four children, but still finds time to read and write. Anne currently lives in Toronto, Ontario, where she works full-time as a teacher-librarian.
Anne is a multi award-winning author of several books for children. Her picturebook Under a Prairie Sky (Orca, 2004) won the Mr. Christie's Book Award in 2003.
STELLA BOWLES has been presented with numerous awards for environmental activism, including being named one of Canada's Top 25 Environmentalists Under 25 in 2017. She is a 13 year old junior high school student from Upper LaHave, Nova Scotia.
"The collaboration started from a sign...But it was that, that led Carter to the author of the sign, student activist/community scientist Stella Bowles. Carter attended presentations Bowles made about straight pipes taking household waste, or "poop" as Bowles called it, into the river. Bowles' activism over the straight pipes is succeeding in cleaning up the LaHave River, through a tri-government program to replace the pipes with septic systems."