“The pen is shaking in my paralyzed hand as I write: I AM ALIVE! I am alive and it is May again. The lilacs are in bloom and I smell their sweet fragrance again. There was springtime last year as well, but we had no eyes for beauty. Our lips forgot how to smile, our hearts were shattered! And now I’m alive again!”
Mary-Eve Hamilton is a dutiful teenager whose life is ruled by her parents and their evangelical church. All this changes when she befriends Dee Eccles, the eighteen-year-old pagan goddess of their high school, and Mary-Eve’s initiation into the mysteries of cigarettes, sex, and otherworldly glory begins.
Severn Cullis-Suzuki’s speech at the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio caught the attention of the world. She and her friends raised money to travel to Rio, never imagining the effect they would have there. Severn's story is about the power of children, and how their voices can stand out above the politics and cynicism of adults.