Becoming Mother Nature
In a wildly creative and compelling twist on the tired super-hero storyline, Becoming Mother Nature is a mystery-adventure tale about 12-year-old Chloe Lovejoy, who discovers that she possesses secret power passed down through her family over generations.
“Do you ever think about the weather? I mean, really think about it? Why it happens? Where it comes from?” Chloe asks in the podcast’s teaser, with sounds of thunder in the background. “Yeah, neither did I. Until my mom sent me to live with my grandmother in California. Turns out she was not like other grandmas.”
Chloe, who is independent, likeable but initially has a big dose of teen angst, finds out quickly that grandma’s home isn’t like her mother’s, and she’s not like other girls. Grandma’s backyard garden is like a rain forest, with gigantic vegetables. Animals of all kinds love grandma (known in the neighborhood as the crazy-old “Zoo Lady”). Turns out Chloe’s Grandma Ivy is Mother Nature herself! And, guess who’s the reluctant, totally unprepared heir apparent.
Meanwhile, Chloe meets school-kid-turned-best-friend Felix, grandma’s neighbor; and Rae, the snarky classmate whose dad is an up-to-no-good meteorologist; plus, a host of other characters. But, by the end of Episode 3 the mantle is passed. And Chloe, clinging to her grandma’s “Book of Nature,” becomes Mother Nature in training—trying to learn how to maintain a balance of the world’s ecosystem while making a few mistakes (oops, an earthquake).
This inventive coming-of-age story (there are 10 episodes, each 14-30 minutes, plus a bonus episode) stretches listeners’ imaginations with engaging plotlines, well-developed characters, and plenty of action and suspense. And an almost-teen girl saving the day (and the weather) is well-timed for our times.
Don Oldenburg ©2019 Parents’ Choice
A former feature writer and consumer columnist at The Washington Post for 22 years, Don Oldenburg is the Director of Publications and Editor of the National Italian American Foundation, in Washington, D.C. He regularly reviews books for USA Today and is the coauthor of “The Washington DC-Baltimore Dog Lovers Companion” (Avalon Travel). The proud father of three sons, he lives with his journalist-author wife, Ann Oldenburg, in McLean, VA.