Zera and the Green Man

Young Adult - Fantasy - General
376 Pages
Reviewed on 04/15/2014
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Author Biography

Sandra Knauf was born in 1963 in California and spent most of her childhood in Missouri. She moved to Colorado when she was a teenager and has lived there ever since. She is the publisher and editor of Greenwoman Magazine, a garden writing magazine, which she started in 2010. Her work has appeared in The Denver Post, GreenPrints, Colorado Gardener, and other publications and she has been a guest commentator on KRCC's "Western Skies" radio show. (KRCC is NPR's southern Colorado affiliate station.) Zera and the Green Man is her first novel. She lives in Colorado Springs with her family.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Samantha Rivera for Readers' Favorite

Zera isn’t your typical teenager. The fact may be that she’s led a pretty average life up until now, but things are about to change. A Green through and through, Zera has always been interested in plants but it all comes to a head on her fifteenth birthday when she receives her first one. From that moment on, things are never the same for Zera and the people in her life. Of course that extends to her Uncle Theodore who has been creating designs for innovative medical/plant creations. It just might be possible for him to save the world if he’s up to it in Zera and the Green Man.

Zera is definitely an interesting girl. She has only one close friend but she has several plants and pets that she cares about strongly. She’s also not one to back down from adventure. So when the opportunity to try something new comes along she’s ready and willing to jump in. It’s the atmosphere and the feelings that most of us would like to have in this type of situation and it’s what makes Zera such a great character. Of course, even though we can’t help but dislike Tiffany and feel uncertain about ‘The Toad,’ we can’t help but see little bits of ourselves in them as well and we definitely can’t keep ourselves from diving further and further into their story. Zera and the Green Man by Sandra Knauf is definitely one of those books that you’ll want to pass on to your friends.