So proud! The nice folks of Vistas News included a great review of A Stellar Purpose in their community newspaper, which is distributed to Ottawa residents living in Alta Vista.
Reviewed by June Coxon
A book that will appeal to people of any age
Although Natacha Belair’s novel was written for young adults, it’s a book that will appeal to people of any age who want to enjoy a good story and who are concerned about the fate of our planet. It’s not only interesting and creative, it’s also timely.
This is a story about Avery, a 15-year-old girl who loves animals and helping the ones in need. We read that while volunteering at the local zoo, called De La Grotta, Avery and a co-worker become suspicious and concerned about the new owners. Worried about how the new directions the zoo owners are taking the zoo in will affect the animals there, they secretly investigate.
Helping save Earth
Meanwhile, Avery has discovered something very unusual about herself. She can enter alternate dimensions where she is told that she is an animal protector whose real purpose in life is protecting animals and helping save Earth. She is overwhelmed with that responsibility, especially at her young age, but learns many lessons from other protectors she meets while in his parallel universes. They offer suggestions that she puts to use to help her with this huge task. At the same time, while on earth, she leads the daily life of a normal teenager, attending high school, studying for exams and having boyfriends. At the end of the book, the author has included illustrations she drew of the main characters in her novel that help bring them to life and complement her written words.
More than an interesting fictional story
Belair’s book is more than an interesting fictional story, it also has a message. It highlights real environmental concerns on Earth today, referring to things like oil spills, chemical spills, the selling of illegal animal by-products, human consumption of meat, and islands filled with discarded plastic. It also discusses initiatives that could help improve our planet, such as building houses powered by the sun or wind, converting household waste into fuel, reviving extinct animal species, and using zero-emission vehicles and cargo ships and commercial planes that only use biofuel. This novel might give readers some ideas of what they could do to improve the state of our planet and inspire them to take action that may help protect it. As a book critic writes on the back cover of Natacha Belair’s novel, “A Stellar Purpose is stellar indeed.”
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