Humans don't have fresh air or free water. That's just the way life is in the 24th century.
Then Virginia discovers a secret navigation chart to her mother's last known location. She and her cousin Gordy plan a rescue mission and fly to the legendary planet, a wildlife refuge, Green Tara.
There they find an oxygen-rich world teeming with songbirds and the secret of her mom's thwarted science expedition. Green Tara holds the source of new life for human colonies.
Virginia confronts enormous insects, gruesome smells, and unpredictable space pirates. Will she find the courage and endurance to fulfill her family's promise and reseed an ocean that suffered environmental ruin generations ago?
On the icy Blue Grannus moon, where space pirates tow the Bosque teenagers to safety, Gordy hears the story of how his parents met and learns that his name, Gordon, means "guardian," a fitting name for an ecologist.
The pirates recruit him and his cousin Virginia to trek to the heart of the ice caves to trade with the most famous mushroom cultivator of the galaxy. After all, space travelers need all sorts of mushrooms for terraforming, for eating, for medicinal use, and for ecosystem restoration.
Meanwhile, heavy drilling at the mines poisons the colony's drinking water and sets off an earthquake, cracking the ice. Will Gordy be able to lead the villagers out of the collapsing cave? Will he and Virginia be able to stop the destructive mining activity and apply mushroom technology to detox the water?
Scientific Inspiration for
Mission to Blue Grannus
The root structure of mushrooms, threadlike mycelium, spreads throughout living soil. Mycelium serves as nature's decomposers and can remediate poisoned land and water, breaking down toxins like eColi and spilled fossil fuels. In Mission to Blue Grannus, Gordy and Virginia use mycelium to soak up heavy metal toxins and purify the mining colony's drinking water.
K.H. Brower's sci-fi series, for ages 10 and up, follows a family of ecologists who travel the galaxy, restoring damaged biospheres wherever they go.
In book 1, Green Tara, teenage cousins Virginia and Gordy inherit the mission to reseed an ocean with single-cell plants and jumpstart the oxygen cycle of a desolate planet.
In book 2, Mission to Blue Grannus, the cousins rescue a mining colony by applying myco-technology (myco is Greek for mushrooms) to detoxify mercury and other heavy metals from the drinking water.
The Bosque Family Adventure Series
K. H. Brower lives in the woodland forest between Bloomington and Spencer, Indiana. She's a culture freak and story junkie. In addition to writing sci-fi novels about a family of ecologists who restore biospheres across the galaxy, she writes, produces, and directs educational programs and documentary films.
When she dives into research for fiction or non-fiction she takes on the role of literary scientist. Currently, she's on a foray to use mushrooms and their mycelium networks to heal our planet.
Climate disruption and habitat destruction are widely understood. Many recent fictional works play against a ruined landscape. My choice is to spend time with characters who actively protect and restore our precious planet.
I’m so thankful that being an environmentalist, thinking, speaking, and acting “green" has become accepted in our society. The necessity of ecological balance informs healthy public discourse in every arena of our lives, from power to food production to packaging. I have faith that you, dear reader, will choose to protect all living creation on our planet, avoiding the kind of environmental collapse that forms the fictional history of the Bosque Family Adventures.